Let’s celebrate the ongoing shattering of the glass ceiling with these FREE, cheap and virtual Women’s History Month events acknowledging the role of women in politics, music, dance, film and health and medicine, including on International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8.
Three cheers for our mothers and daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, wives, partners, significant others, sisters, aunts, cousins and BFFs. Have I missed anybody?
Let’s start with these International Women’s Day special events, so you can plan properly – including to RSVP now to the events which require that.
All events are FREE unless a ticket price is mentioned.
This SummerStage Anywhere program features original dance films honoring the strength, beauty and power of women working together to lead us now and into the future.
Dancers from Canada and the United States will perform to new music by electro pop artist La Force (Broken Social Scene) in the premiere of the commissioned work, “four/four presents: All That I Am.”
The show will also include an encore presentation of “Becoming Mother Duende: An Ode to New York” by New York-based interdisciplinary performing artist/choreographer Arielle Rosales.
This program is in association with the Consulate General of Canada in New York, New York Music Month Extended Play, an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and four/four presents.
Tickets start at $25 and support the Onward Together Committee for political candidates and PAC to the Future .
- RSVP required to get Zoom link.
- Monday at 7pm ET, 4p PT
Thursday, March 4 and Thursday, March 11
One day, one of these women may save your life.
The City University of New York School of Medicine, Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program are participating in the first series of NYC walks in this national program, around the CUNY campus in Harlem.
Walking is good for your health, especially your heart health, and you could learn something about both from walking and talking with these future docs.
Plus, you get cookies at the end of the walk. Cookies are good for your mental health.
Be a “sole-mate” with these bright and talented female medical students, who are reaching out to the community and promoting well-being as they work toward their lifelong career as doctors. Socially distanced, of course.
Lead Faculty & Students: Dr. Joan Dorn, Swati Patel (2nd year medical student) and Leela Rangachar (3rd year undergraduate BS/MD program student)
Walk Location: Harris Hall – City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave.
Find out more about Walk With a Future Doc here.
- 12:30pm Thursday, March 4 and March 11.
More from SummerStage Celebrates Women
Every Thursday in March, SummerStage Anywhere highlights women in the arts. This is FREE the online version of the annual FREE concerts in the parks.
SummerStage signed onto the Keychange pledge in 2019, committing to a 50:50 gender balance in programming.
Tune in Thursdays at 7 PM ET at SummerStageAnywhere.org
Thursday, March 4
This special events showcasesshowcase music and dance performances from our 2020 season.
Featured artists include indie group Soccer Mommy, Brazilian pop artist Duda Beat, Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, and Mexican alternative-pop singer Carla Morrison. Joining us to introduce the program is Vanessa Reed, President and CEO of New Music USA, who initiated the international Keychange campaign in response to the gender gap in music.
We are listing the rest of the SummerStage Anywhere events in calendar order, interspersed with other events, to prevent confusion.
Friday, March 5
Mother Tongue Film Festival – Women Directors Panel
Women are often entrusted with cultural and language transmission, and Mother Tongue highlights this responsibility by bringing together women directors on a roundtable each year. Join us for a conversation with Becs Arahanga (Hinekura), Valeriya Golovina (Our Love), Sophia Pinheiro (Being Imperfect), and Patricia Ferreira (Being Imperfect), moderated by Smithsonian digital curator Amalia Córdova and curator and filmmaker Cass Gardiner.
Live real-time captioning and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this program while it is live.
The Mother Tongue Film Festival is presented by Recovering Voices, a collaboration among the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
- Friday, March 5, 2 PM (ET)
- Watch online
Thursday, March 11
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|The first female major party candidate for the presidency — and winner of the popular vote.|
Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first female senator from New York. Sixty-seventh US Secretary of State.
The voice that propelled the world to accept that “women’s rights are human rights.” New York Times bestselling author. Most admired woman in America for 17 straight years.
In conversation with Abigail Pogrebin.
Live, from the The Streicker Center at Temple Emanu-el in NYC
Thursday, March 18
VP Records 40th Anniversary Show Reel
The founder of Queens, NY-based reggae label VP Records Patricia “Ms. Pat” Chin looks back at her history in the music industry in a conversation with NPR music and culture writer Catalina Maria Johnson.
A highlight reel of VP Records’ 2019 40th anniversary show at SummerStage in Central Park, featuring illustrious alumni Elephant Man, Junior Reid, Estelle and Raging Fyah, will follow the interview.
Stay tuned for a special giveaway of Ms. Pat’s book, Miss Pat – My Reggae Music Journey, on the SummerStage Anywhere Instagram page.
Library of Congress
Author David Michaelis’ “Eleanor” is the first major biography of America’s longest-serving first lady in 60 years.
Much of its research was conducted in the Library’s Manuscript Division, including the papers of the NAACP and the National Women’s Trade League, as well as the personal papers of Kermit and Belle Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife of President Wilson.
Thursday, March 25
Soul Clap with the Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas
In 2019, The New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off took over SummerStage at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.
This program honors the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas with a rewind presentation of her 2019 performance. The iconic Thomas was joined by soul legends Archie Bell, Joe Bataan, Betty Harris, Renaldo Domino, Binky Griptite and the Brooklyn Rhythm Band.
History of Women’s History Month
The observance began as a single day, International Women’s Day, in 1911, held in March in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia, and in October in Canada.
International Women’s Day has been around since 1911 and now takes place on March 8.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated the first official (and popular) National Women’s History Week.
Seven years later, Congress declared the first official Women’s History Month. Shattered glass ceilings and strides among women definitely enliven — at the very least — 31 days.
Find out more from the National Women’s History Alliance
More Women’s History Month events
and other FREE and cheap events in March