March is Women’s History Month. Honor the achievements and contributions of women to art, culture, history, and so much more by attending one of the events and celebrations listed below. By Jessica Allen.
2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Museum of Modern Art
4 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
The annual Art+Feminism event at the Museum of Modern Art seeks to correct any fallacies, errors, mistakes, and misrepresentations on Wikipedia concerning art and feminism. Expert editors will be on hand to answer questions and to offer guidance on best practices. Got a kid? Register for the free on-site childcare. If not, just bring your laptop, your curiosity, and your passion for truth. Conscious-raising and refreshments will be provided. #artandfeminism Saturday, March 11, 10 am to 5 pm, free, but RSVPs are encouraged.
Deborah Sampson Gannett
26 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
At this talk at Federal Hall, you’ll learn all about Deborah Sampson Gannett, also known as Private Robert Shurtleff. One of her responsibilities was to scout neutral territory in Manhattan, looking for British troops and supplies. After serving and being honorably discharged during the Revolutionary War, Gannett went on to marry, raise four children, and write her memoirs. Need even more history? George Washington was sworn in as the nation’s first president on this site, and the very first Supreme Court and Congress met here too. Thursday, March 9, see schedule for details, free.
Anne Hutchinson and Split Rock Hike
Split Rock Golf House
Pelham Bay Park
Bronx, NY 10464
(718) 319- 7258
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Anne Hutchinson was instrumental in helping encourage religious pluralism in the early days of American colonies—as a result she was probably the 17th century’s most famous woman. Banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony for her dissident views, Hutchinson and her family eventually landed in what’s now the Bronx, where all but a young daughter were murdered by Native Americans in 1643. Led by the city’s Urban Park Rangers, this hike will cover Hutchinson’s life and death, as well as a history of the area, today part of Pelham Bay Park, the city’s largest park. Sunday, March 19, 11 am to 12:30 pm, free.
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Presented in conjunction with Women Make Movies, a nonprofit organizations dedicated to feminist media of all kinds, Breaking Barriers is an evening of short films by and about Native women from Canada and the United States. “Advice to Myself 2: Resistance” features writer Louise Erdrich collaborating with her sister, a director and poet, while “Ohero:kon—Under the Husk” follows two Mohawk girls participating in a four-year-long rite of passage ceremony and “The Grandfather Drum” tells the (animated) story of a drum revered by the Anishinabek. Thursday, March 23, 6 to 8 pm, free.
Women and Chocolate
65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032
In conjunction with the ongoing Taste of Chocolate exhibit, the Morris-Jumel Mansion will host curator Carol S. Ward for an illustrated lecture about this delicious food in honor of Women’s History Month. While the exhibit focuses primarily on how chocolate became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, the talk will zero in on how chocolate has been marketed to and consumed by women over the years. Speaking of years, the Moris-Jumel mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house, and worth a visit anytime. Saturday, March 25, 2 to 3 pm, $15, tickets required.
New York Madness
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
On the last Sunday of every month, several souls gather to celebrate live theater, watching a series of plays written, casted, and rehearsed in a single week. The March edition of New York Madness puts the spotlight on a group of up-and-coming writers, all of whom happen to be women. You’ll want to get into the act, for sure. And don’t come empty-handed: the theater will be collecting bras and menstrual hygiene supplies for homeless girls and women in the community. Sunday, March 26, show starts at 8 pm, $10, tickets required.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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As the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has lots to see. The fine folks behind Museum Hack will help you hone in on works by women during a two-hour feminist tour on select Saturdays in March. (Sadly only six percent of the art at the Met is by women, so don’t worry about running out of time.) The tour guides will share fun facts, point out oft-unnoticed details, help you better understand art, and “take actual steps to dismantle the patriarchy.” How? You’ll have to sign up to find out. Saturday, March 4, and Saturday, March 18, 1 to 3 pm, $59, tickets required.
Jessica Allen is a New York-based writer.