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Celebrate Women's History Month 2020

Mar 4, 2020
Women gathered in Prospect Park chatting in 1935
In honor of Women's History Month, women take center-stage across the city. Below are some interesting ways to celebrate women's history on the Upper West Side and throughout the boroughs:
WHAM (Women History Artist Month) is Goddard Riverside Community Center's annual series celebrating women in the arts. This wide-ranging festival presents theatre, art, and music by and about women and covers content from historical figures, cultural exploration, and female experience. For this year's schedule, events include: a performance of Sense & Sensibility by Hudson Warehouse Theater Company; Evening of Play Readings presented by Crossways Theatre with all female playwrights; From Surviving to Thriving: An Open Dialogue on the Challenges of Making It as a Female Artist curated by Caytha Jentis; and more. Events take place on various dates over the course of March at the Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave (at 91st Street) unless otherwise noted. Visit the WHAM page for more details
Celebrate the long arc of women's history with NYC Parks at various locations across the city, through exhibits, tours, concerts, sports programs, and more. All events are free, recognizing and highlighting the achievements of women in music, graffiti art, fashion, sports, and so much more. Click here to view a list of ongoing events. You can also check out the different ways that women, both currently and historically, have impacted NYC Parks. From the monuments built to honor them, to local community activists, to the women who have worked in Parks offices, click here to see all of the ways women have influenced in this aspect of NYC
The New-York Historical Society invites visitors to explore the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience in a series of exhibitions, installations, and conversations. Events celebrating women's history include: a discussion on "women's only" buildings in the early 20th century; a series titled "Women You Wish You Heard About"; a talk on the role of Chinese restaurants as a site of rebellion and self-expression for the women of New York; and much more! Don't miss the ongoing art exhibits, installations, and interesting programs tied to women's history this month. Plus, enjoy the annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women's History, which this year looks at the history of prohibition in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Click here to read the full press release from the New-York Historical Society with program details.
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is honoring Women's History Month with three special events that highlight women's achievements in business and entrepreneurial work. On Saturday, March 7 at 8:00am, join SBS for the 2020 Vital Voices New York Mentoring Walk, celebrating the power of mentorship and women's leadership on the High Line. Vital Voices and Diane von Furstenberg are co-sponsors of this event. On Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00pm, listen to an intimate fireside chat with Mona Bijoor, Founder & CEO of JOOR, Startup Advisor, Angel Investor, and Bestselling Author of Startups and Downs: The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs. And, on Tuesday, March 24 at 10:00am, discuss leadership at SBS' WE Master Leadership Conference, hosted in partnership with the Brazilian Consulate in New York at 225 East 41st Street. These events are free. 
Also, in the spirit of Women's History Month though not taking place in March, be on the look out for upcoming premiers from the New York Philharmonic as part of the Project 19 Series. This special series is celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment offering a multi-season initiative to commission and premiere 19 new works by 19 women composers - the largest women-only commissioning initiative in history. Several have premiered already with the next few coming up in May and June this year. Click here to check out the full story.
Photo credit: NYC Parks; Women gathering in the Propect Park picnic house, 1935