Women’s History Month 2018: Talks and Events Coming Up in NYC

By Alison Durkee

From the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements to the recent Women’s March, women are standing up for their rights as never beforeand this month keeps the momentum going as Women’s History Month. Celebrate amazing ladies from past and present and learn more about the challenges women face with these upcoming talks and events.

Some of the most visible women throughout America’s history have been its First Ladies, whose stories will be celebrated at the 92nd Street Y March 9 in the second installment of Doug Brinn’s talk on America’s First Ladies. On March 16, the Bronx Historical Society will travel back in time to the first days of America’s founding, as they explore women’s clothing during the American Revolution. Those hoping to discover women’s history on a more local level, meanwhile, can learn about the Women of Wall Street on a walking tour taking place March 22, which will be followed by a Lunch and Learn session with George Robb, author of Ladies of the Ticker. Or join the Museum of the City of New York for a look at the city’s female activists throughout history and their untold stories on March 25. Once you’ve learned about these lesser-known women, put your knowledge to use at a Women’s History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, which will take place on March 11.

From March 20-22, the Museum of Jewish Heritage will shine a light on some of the lesser-known Jewish women throughout history, as the museum hosts a three-day event on Untold Stories of Jewish Women. The first installment on March 20 will focus on women before the Holocaust, including both biblical and historical figures, while the second installment on March 21 will look at the women whose stories took place during the Holocaust and its immediate aftermath. On March 22, the series will close with a look at Jewish women in the 20th century through today, including Lee Krasner, Shirley Jackson,  and Monica Lewinsky.

This March will also provide plenty of chances to learn about women in the world of arts and literature. Visual art fans can delve into the female members of the Surrealist movement during a class at the Prospect Heights Brainery on March 15. Bookworms can hear poetry from the female writers who made the Village their home at a candlelight reading on March 26, or celebrate one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed writers at the Joan Didion Power Hour on March 29. Women in the performing arts will get their own spotlight on March 12 at Women’s Day on Broadway, a full day of panel discussions with women in the theatre and broader entertainment industries. Women in the theatre will also be heard at a panel discussion on March 13, which will feature playwrights Lisa Kron, Kia Corthron, Patricia Ione Lloyd, and Monet Hurst-Mendoza, as well as former Newsday critic Linda Winer.

Book talks taking place this month will give New Yorkers the chance to celebrate both female authors and the women-centric stories they have to tell. Several upcoming events will delve into women’s health issues, such as Abby Norman’s talk on memoir Ask Me About My Uterus (March 9) and Michele Lent Hirsch’s book Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine (March 12), while an event with author Wendy Rouse on March 29 will center on the history of women’s self-defenseand give attendees the chance to practice some self-defense tactics themselves. Women’s history will be the focus of other upcoming book talks, such as a biography on radical poet Lola Ridge (March 18) and Elaine Weiss’s new book The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote (March 13), which tells the story of the ratification of the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. On March 11, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton will make an appearance to discuss her own new children’s book, She Persisted Around the World, which tells the stories of 13 trailblazing women throughout history.

While it’s important to look back on history, this month will also provide opportunities to hear from women who are living and working today. Journalist Christiane Amanpour will discuss her life and career with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times at a conversation on March 13, and writer and activist Rebecca Solnit will be on-hand to mark the 10th anniversary of her essay Men Explain Things to Me at an event on March 15. Those wanting to take in work created by female artists working today, meanwhile, can enjoy upcoming performances by female-led company Heidi Latsky Dance (March 10-11), or discover the work of musician and visual artist Jenny Hval at a site-specific performance at MoMA PS1 on March 17.

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