Women from all over the world unite at the Apollo Theater, photo by Shahar Azran, courtesy of the Apollo Theater
Women’s History Month comes but once a year in March, so until Women’s Day every day, we’ll have to make the most of what the city of New York has to offer. And that’s quite a lot considering all the art, culture, and history of the Big Apple. Here’s a list of what you can do to commemorate women’s indelible contributions to human flourishing, while also reflecting on how you can contribute to achieving equality, from art exhibits to comedy shows to seminars on female entrepreneurship.
Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida with Idol, 1939. Carbon print, 11 ¼ × 16 ¼ in. (28.6 × 41.3 cm). Courtesy of Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
1. “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving”
Brooklyn Museum, February 8–May 12
Iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is having her largest U.S. exhibition in a decade at the Brooklyn Museum. Called “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” the show will display personal possessions, paintings, drawings, photographs, and historical film. The collection attempts to decipher the ways in which Kahlo cultivated both her public and private personas while honoring her heritage, political leanings, and physical disabilities.
2. Lyft discount
From International Women’s Day (March 8th) onward, Lyft is going to be contributing up to $10 to cover the fare of any sojourn to a location that’s historically significant to Women’s History. Just use the promo code WHMNYC19 and you can visit:
Center For Women’s History, New-York Historical Society (Central Park West)
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (Brooklyn)
Harriet Tubman Memorial (Harlem)
Bulletin (Broadway, Nolita, Williamsburg)
Lockwood (Astoria, Jackson Heights)
Valarie Jarret, former Obama White House Senior Advisor, has also partnered with Lyft to create a video series that highlights female civic heroes and Lyft drivers who’ve made an impact on their communities.
3. Women in Wine
March 16 at 7pm, Harlem Wine Gallery
Given all the memes and clothing celebrating women’s love of wine, you’d think there’d be more wine made by women. Not so! The wine industry is historically male. Women, however, have been making inroads and winning awards as winemakers. With Women In Wine, you’ll join certified Sommelier Caitlin Heikkila Fusco for a crash course in wine and then go on a tasting tour of five prize-winning women-made wines.
4. Hillary and Clinton
March 16th, 8pm, John Golden Theatre
“Hillary and Clinton” pairs Laurie Metcalf as the winner of 2016’s Presidential popular vote with John Lithgow as Slick Willy. When these two stars of film and screen collide, comedy sparks are sure to fly!
The Met’s Temple of Dendur, via Wiki Commons
Most works of art at the MET were created by dudes. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t important work by women; you just need to know where to look. That’s where this two-hour guided tour from Museum Hack comes in, highlighting female artists in a quirky way and then challenging participants to find their own baddest bitch at the Met.
6. Why Smart Women are Crowdfunding
March 20th, 6pm, The Financial Gym
If there’s one thing a capitalist patriarchy fears it’s women voting, acquiring wealth, and voting with their dollar. iFundWomen facilitates just that. It’s a crowdfunding platform for women by women that provides coaching, video production, and a private community to connect and empower women. The company is partnering with Jessica Kelly, who’s spent a decade growing brands, to host an informational meet and greet for female entrepreneurs.
“Manhattan Island in the Sixteenth Century,” from the Memorial History of New York, 1892, via NYPL
7. Women of the Lenape
Sunday, March 24, 1–2:30pm, Conference House Park Visitor Center
The NYC Parks Department is hosting loads of events to highlight the contributions of women to the arts, sports, and more. But March 24th, in particular, is meant to shine a light on the role of women in the world of Lenape, the Native American tribe that called New York City their home long before the Dutch or the British colonized their land.
8. Women Trailblazers in Tech: Panel
March 26, 6:30pm, WeWork Dumbo Heights
The Flatiron School is heralding the triumphs of women at their Women Trailblazers in Tech panel. Expect to be inspired, see the work of women up close and personal, and connect with other women interested in or already working in tech. Plus, food and music!
9. Boogie on the Brink
March 27, 8pm, The Slipper Room
Indie comedy darling Arti Gollapudi has performed everywhere from the famed UCB Theater to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Gollapudi, whose personal and absurd work has been highlighted by the New York Times, Forbes, and Vulture, will be curating Boogie on the Brink, an evening of comedy, poetry, and music to discuss trauma and grief.
10. Women’s Night In Screens “Set it Off”
March 28, 7pm, Jaz + 24:OURS
Celebrate badass women on screen with Jaz + 24:OURS’s screening of 1996’s “Set It Off.” The critically and financially successful crime action film follows Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise as they pull off a bank robbery. The evening will feature an open bar, snacks, and giveaways!
WOW Festival, photo by Shahar Azran, courtesy of the Apollo Theater
11. Women of the World Festival
March 12–17, Apollo Theater
The legendary Apollo Theater has teamed up with the Wow Foundation to celebrate “the power of women and girls from Harlem and around the world.” Through workshops, activities, programming, and performances, the festival will explore many issues across cultural, civic, and social boundaries, focusing on empowerment and activism. Just some of the esteemed participants include White House Correspondent April Ryan, poet Nikki Giovanni, educator and activist Angela Davis, and finance expert Suze Orman.
- Women’s History Month began in New York in 1909 to honor the city’s garment workers’ strike
- Hudson Yards Park renamed in honor of activist and former NY Congresswoman, Bella Abzug
- 15 female trailblazers of the Village: From the first woman doctor to the ‘godmother of punk’