Celebrate Women’s History Month in NYC

March 3, 2020

March is finally upon us, which means Women’s History Month—a time to embrace International Women’s Day (on March 8) and to celebrate fearless females of today as well as those who lived before us. Here in New York City, there are a ton of ways to honor women.

You could visit a female-owned restaurant, pay tribute to icons throughout the city or opt for some of these exciting commemorative events listed below.

Women-Owned Business Pop-Up

March 8, 2020 

Up for a little shopping? Celebrate International Women’s Day by popping into this pop-up from over 75 women-owned small businesses. Browse crafts, vintage clothes and accessories, and don’t forget to grab a bite while you’re there.

Women-Owned Business Pop-Up
100 W. 77th St.
New York, NY 10024

Knicks’ Women’s Empowerment Night

March 8, 2020

If you’d rather celebrate with sports, this event takes place before the Knicks vs. Pistons game and highlights extraordinary female accomplishments on and off the court.

Madison Square Garden
2 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001

Can Women Read? A Women’s Comedy Show

March 8, 2020

Presented by the Muslim Otherhood, this one-of-a-kind comedy show invites you to take a look at the lighter side of women’s rights—and to celebrate your right to have a sense of humor.

27-16 23rd Ave.
Queens, NY 11105

Women’s Day on Broadway

March 10, 2020

Take part in an open dialogue about gender equality in the theatre industry and beyond, with a focus on the decade ahead and how women will be shaping it. Open to all gender identities.

New Amsterdam Theatre
214 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

Womxn Spin

March 11, 2020

“Hey, [Mrs.] DJ, put a record on…” Catch a curated selection of all-star female DJs at Ace Hotel’s Lobby Nights throughout the month, including Mira Fahrenheit (DJS4CA) and DJ Jacky Sommer on March 11.

Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th St.
New York, NY 10001

Women of the World Festival

March 14, 2020

This spectacular event celebrates the achievements of women and girls from different walks of life and various parts of the world. Things kick off with an afternoon teen summit exploring the impact of young women in politics and consisting of both performances and panel discussions. It continues into the evening with a conversation between best-selling author Elaine Welteroth and motivational speaker Harriette Cole, in addition to some more performances.

Apollo Theater
253 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027

Women’s Art, Women’s Work

March 21, 2020

Brooklyn-based artist-in-residence Jennifer Harley will lead a workshop inspired by her Wyckoff House archive research, as well as her studies of black life in New Amsterdam and early New York. Explore Colonial-era crafts and artifacts, peruse picture books, and tour the historic house and grounds.

Wyckoff Museum
5816 Clarendon Rd.
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Feminist Film Night

March 26, 2020

Film buffs and truth seekers may want to celebrate by heading to Brooklyn Museum for a night of short documentary films that expand ideas of civic engagement and shed light on those still fighting for suffrage.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Graffiti and Street Artists Exhibit

Throughout March 2020

African American Woman with Rainbow Afro Mural

Photo by Chris Barbalis, Mural by Dina Saadi

Stop by Poe Park Visitor Center for a free exhibit honoring female street artists and graffiti.

Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458

Trolley Tour at Woodlawn Cemetery

March 29, 2020

Here’s an interesting one for you—take an afternoon ride back in time, but on a climate-controlled trolley, where you’ll visit the resting places of some famous ladies as you tour the beautiful grounds at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Woodlawn Cemetery
3800 Jerome Ave.
Bronx, NY 10467

Women of the Revolutionary War

Through March 29, 2020

This special guided tour celebrates women with a look at the females who played important roles in the American Revolution—those who fought for independence and to suppress the rebellion, and the many African Americans and Native Americans whose futures were impacted at the time.

Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004

Empowering Women in the Workplace

March 31, 2020

This 2nd annual women’s workplace empowerment event features an inspirational panel of female leaders from diverse industries sharing tips on career paths, gender struggles and work-life balance. Representatives from the Law Offices of Pardalis & Nohavicka LLP will speak on legal empowerment for both women and disadvantaged groups. Enjoy networking opportunities, refreshments and pop-up shops too.

12 East 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

Alice Austen House Museum

Hours Vary

Alice Austen was a talented turn-of-the-century documentary photographer on Staten Island. Because she was an amateur photographer, she was empowered to express herself in a way that professional female photographers of her time could not. Equally as fearless in her personal life, Alice was the first woman on Staten Island to own a car and rather than getting married she had a live-in girlfriend for 50 years. Stop by her former home, a National Historic Landmark, to view her work as well as a variety of rotating art exhibitions.

Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10305

Center for Women’s History

Hours Vary

The nation’s first museum dedicated to the history of women in America, this is a must if you’re interested in exploring the lives and legacies of prominent females. Since opening in 2017, the Center for Women’s History has become a popular part of the New-York Historical Society and features rotating exhibits, permanent installations, and various talks and programs.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Madame D’Ora Exhibit

Through June 8, 2020

View this large exhibition of Dora Kallmus (aka Madame D’Ora), an Austrian portrait photographer of the early 20th century. Learn about her life, view more than 100 pieces of her work spanning her 50-year career and see how she made a name for herself in a male-dominated discipline.

Neue Galerie
1048 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Yayoi Kusama Exhibit

May 9 through November 1, 2020

Yellow Pumpkin Black Polka Dot Kusama Infinity Room

Photo by Pel

Mark your calendar for this one because you’ll have to wait until May to check it out. Known for her polka dots, vibrant colors and reflecting rooms, contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama takes over New York Botanical Gardens with a multisensory presentation featuring a variety of installations and new sculptures designed specifically for NYBG, all of which focus on her fascination with nature.

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458

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