Millions of women live in New York City and millions more visit each year, but their voices are not always heard, and their concerns are not always raised. This year, in celebration of Women’s History Month, several museums, educational and governmental institutions, have planned events to raise awareness to the contributions of women in society and of the issues that women face.

Banners line the entrance to 'The Dinner Party' at Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (credit:

Price: $12, Students and Seniors over 65 – $8, children under 12 – Free

Hours: Mon to Tues – Closed, Wed – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thur – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., First Sat of each month – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Brooklyn Museum celebrates the fifth anniversary of the permanent installation of Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Chicago’s piece, long considered a controversial, yet pivotal feminist work, bounced around from exhibition hall to storage and back again before finally finding a home at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007. Various other feminist art works are put on temporary display at any given time around the permanent Dinner Party exhibit.

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Price: Adults – $6, Seniors 62 and over – $4, Students 12 and over – $4, Teachers – $4, Children under 12- Free
Hours: Mon to Tues – Closed, Wed to Fri – noon to 5 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – noon to 5 p.m.

Women have played important roles in the history of Brooklyn, and this March and April, the Brooklyn Historical Society has two events dedicated to their stories. On March 22 as part of the Brooklyn Jewish Stories series, a talk will be given about the role of Jewish women in the health and human services industry. April 22 will have a talk about the role of Brooklyn women in the history of the arts including dance, material culture and song.

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Price: Adults – $15, Seniors 65 and up – $13, Students – $12, Children 5 and up – $5, Children under 5 – Free

Museum Hours: Tue to Sun – 10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Conference Ticket: $55 ($74.00 day of event)
Conference Hours: Mon., March 5 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Maternal Activism Conference celebrates International Women’s Day by focusing on the lack of a maternal health care policy in the United States.  The conference is intended to increase support for such a policy and to raise awareness of global maternal health care issues.

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Price: $10, Students and Seniors over 65 – $5, Members and Children under 12 – Free
Hours: Thur to Mon – noon to 5 p.m., Tue to Wed – Closed

See how New York City women once lived at the only surviving 19th century family home in New York City. Built in 1832 and occupied by the Tredwell merchant family for nearly 100 years, the Merchant’s House Museum is a window to the past. Included in the collection of furniture, photographs and household and personal items are over 40 dresses and various fashion accessories from the family’s occupancy, showing how the Tredwell women lived. Of particular note is the reopening of the servant’s quarters on St. Patrick’s Day, which housed four Irish women who were part of the Tredwell family experience during a period when New York City experienced the fantastic growth that made it into what it is today.


Price: Free and open to the public
Hours: Fri., March 2 to Sat., March 3, 2012

Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, just a 30 minute train ride from midtown Manhattan, is hosting the 14th Annual Women’s History Month Conference. The event will focus on “Women, the Arts and Activism.”  The conference considers women’s contributions to all forms of art, including visual arts, music and theater. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of such art in women’s activism and in increasing global awareness of women’s history.

Gertrude Stein statue (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Statues and Murals

Joan d’Arc: Riverside Drive at 93rd Street, Riverside Park, Manhattan
Golda Meir: 39th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
Eleanor Roosevelt: 72nd Street and Riverside Drive, Riverside Park, Manhattan
Gertrude Stein: Between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, and between 40th Street and 42nd Street in the center of Bryant Park, Manhattan
Harriet Tubman: 122nd Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard (8th Avenue), Manhattan
Woman Rise mural:  85 Lexington, BRC Women’s Residence. Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Five statues of historical women decorate New York City. Joan d’Arc, Golda Meir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gertrude Stein and Harriet Tubman have all been so honored. One can pay homage to these women by visiting their monuments. A testament to the strength and determination of women in New York City is the Woman Rise mural in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  This mural addresses the struggle of women and emphasizes the connection between poverty, education and health.

Nick Gauthier is a freelance writer and lives in the Bronx. His work can be found at


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