March marks the thirty-sixth annual Women’s History Month, which honors the under-recognized achievements made by women in our culture. For centuries now, upstart women have flocked to New York, pounding its streets, forever changing the course of art, technology, society and so much more. Here are ten ways to celebrate women—in all of their brilliance and diversity—across the city this month. All genders are welcome.
1. Have an Artsy Afternoon.
MoMA is now hosting Tarsila do Amaral’s first U.S. exhibition. More than four decades after her death, she remains one of Brazil’s most iconic artists and is widely cited as its mother of modernism. MoMA PS1, the museum’s Long Island City sister institution, will be featuring a slate of women artists and performers throughout the month, including Carolee Schneemann and Cathy Wilkes. Pro tip: admission to MoMA is free with your NYU ID.
Over the course of four consecutive Mondays, beginning on March 5, Harlem’s Schomburg Center will present its annual Women’s Jazz festival. The festival highlights the contributions of women, from the Ella Fitzgeralds of the jazz world to emerging acts. This year it pays special tribute to Alice Coltrane and Abbey Lincoln.
Tickets are available through eventbrite.com.
3. Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen.
Comedy goddess Tina Fey makes her Broadway debut this month, penning the musical adaptation of her oft-quoted (see above) movie, Mean Girls. Previews begin March 12 at the August Wilson Theatre, following a critically-lauded run in Washington, D.C.
4. Bend the Time-Space Continuum.
After years in Hollywood development purgatory, Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel, A Wrinkle in Time, finally hits the big screen on March 9. Adapted by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee and directed by Ava DuVernay, the first Oscar-nominated black female director, it stars the likes of Storm Reid, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and one to watch, Oprah Winfrey.
5. Netflix and Chill.
There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate women from the comforting glow of your favorite screen. Netflix is releasing a number of gems on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day. These include the third installment of David’s Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which will feature Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, and the second season of Netflix’s original series, Jessica Jones. Notably, every episode of the latter has been directed by a woman.
6. Revisit the Past.
This month, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will honor some of the rebellious spirits who helped shape the legacy of NYU’s home. On March 26, it will host a candlelight reading of some of the Village’s most influential women poets, including Edna St. Vincent Millay and Audre Lorde, at the Cherry Lane Theatre. On March 29, it will explore how LGBTQ culture thrived in the Village with a three-part talk entitled “How Gay Girls Owned the Village from the 30s to the 90s.”
7. Geek Out.
Women video game developers and their creations will be on hand at March 15’s Demo & Play: Women in Games. The event, hosted at Microsoft, will probe issues of inclusivity within the gaming world, while giving guests the opportunity to play women-designed games.
Discounted tickets available through goldstar.com.
8. Ride, Kweens.
The March 25th Women’s Ride on Queens Boulevard is a celebration of women and gender non-conforming individuals. The seven-mile course follows new bike lanes from Queens Plaza to Women’s Plaza at Queen’s Borough Hall. The ride is free and open to all, but RSVPs are requested.
RSVP on eventbrite.com.
9. Rub Elbows with Power Players.
As part of its Power Player breakfast series, New York Women in Film & Television will host Erica Gruen, Emmy-winning producer, former Food Network president, digital innovator and branding guru. It’s not only a chance to learn from an industry leader, but to show your violet pride: Gruen, a renaissance woman, is an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Education and is affiliated with the Leslie eLab.
Tickets are available at nywift.org.
10. Use Your MBA for Good.
On March 6, WeWork’s downtown office will host Join the Conversation: Economic Empowerment for Women, a panel discussion and networking opportunity. It will explore the 2018 International Women’s Day theme, #PressforProgress and, notably, how people from all walks of life can accelerate gender parity. The panel will feature representatives from the United Nations, humanitarian agency CARE, and PR firm Porter Novelli.
Free tickets are available through eventbrite.com.