On Women: Talks and Events Coming Up in NYC

By Alison Durkee

From January’s women’s marches to the continued achievements of women across the globe, this year has proven that women are a force to be reckoned with, despite many obstacles. Champion women’s achievements and learn more about the issues female populations face at these upcoming women-centric events in NYC.

Look back at a milestone in the fight for women’s rights this summer and head to the New-York Historical Society for a screening of One Woman, One Vote on August 15, a documentary chronicling the 70-year battle for women’s suffrage. On October 3, delve further into women’s fight for the vote at Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for the Women’s Right to Vote, an event examining the little-known efforts of the city’s female socialites in the fight for women’s suffrage.

One of the most famed women of the 20th century was Eleanor Roosevelt, the former first lady and tireless activist who made an indelible impact on American society. Celebrate Roosevelt and learn more about her relationship with her father at an event with author Eric Burns on August 30. Of course, joining Roosevelt in the pantheon of prolific first ladies is Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 presidential campaign will be the source of scrutiny at an event on September 10. Those who’d rather celebrate Clinton rather than reflect on the election are also in luck, as the former Secretary of State herself will appear in conversation with Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady on her daily devotions September 7.

While the efforts of the suffragists and these female politicians may have gone down in history, however, women around the world face their own struggles every day. On August 10, Gillian Thomas, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, will be on hand at the Strand to discuss the efforts of women who demanded their equality in the workplace following the passage of Title VII. On August 18, examine how the country’s long-term gender struggles have been continually reflected in book-turned-TV hit The Handmaid’s Tale at an event exploring the enduring relevance of Margaret Atwood’s novel and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

Gender discrimination and sexual harassment, of course, is an issue affecting not just society at large, but a number of individual subcultures. In conjunction with the upcoming J’Ouvert celebration, discover the issues facing women in Caribbean festival culture at When Yes Means No: A Roundtable on Consent in Carnival Culture on August 17, or look back at infamous sexism of “Gamergate” at a discussion with one of its targets, Crash Override founder Zoe Quinn, on September 5. On September 6, demystify issues of sexism, sexual assault and consent on college campuses with journalist Vanessa Grigoradis, who immersed herself in colleges across the country to discover “hidden truths” about the college experience today.

There are also plenty of upcoming chances to examineand celebratewomen in the arts. Get a crash course in feminist art history by joining the Brainery Annex’s Feminist Art Club on September 10, or learn more about the work/life balance of Florine Stettheimer and other female artists of the early 20th century at an event on August 11. On August 15, discover one of Colombia’s famed painters, Emma Reyes, at an event centered on the artist and intellectual’s posthumously published memoir, The Book of Emma Reyes.

Those who’d rather celebrate female artists of the present, however, can catch several female-centric dance performances this September, including Ariel Rivka Dance (above), an all-female ensemble performing at New York Live Arts, Amanda Szeglowski/cakeface’s Stairway to Stardom at HERE, Twyla Tharp Dance at the Joyce Theater, and the world premiere of Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s “One Night Only (Running As Long As We Can)” at WP Theater.


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