March is Women’s History Month. Officially recognized in the United States since 1988, it centers around International Women’s Day is observed on March 8th and is celebrated in the United Kingdom and Australia as well. There is still plenty of time to celebrate the achievements of women in our city of Philadelphia, the nation, and around the globe. Philadelphia offers a number of special exhibits and attractions in honor of Women’s History Month. Make plans to take your daughter, granddaughter or best girlfriend to see one of these sites.
Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month In Philadelphia
1. Attend The Women In Animation Film Festival
The Moore College of Art and Design is hosting a Women in Animation Film Festival March 23-26, 2017. The festival includes screening, meet-the-artist events, and panel discussions. Admission to all events is free. This four-day festival will feature animated and short films created by women as well as meet-the-artists discussions. The panel will also feature women game designers.
2. Learn About The Contributions Of Black Women At The African American Museum
The Smithsonian Institute and Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park have teamed up with the city’s African American Museum to produce an all-day symposium on March 26th called “Amplify! Black Women of the Movement.” Amplify! will be celebrating the impact of Black women who have played a part in reshaping the American framework, but whose contributions are often either ignored or overlooked or both. The event features lecturers from all over the United States to tell the stories of black women in history, a group that is often overlooked by history books. This event is also going to be taking place at a time when the African American Museum in Philadelphia is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The symposium is free and open to the public. However, an RSVP is required, as space is limited.
3. Take In The Month-Long Women’s History Exhibit At The National Constitution Center
Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center is hosting a Women’s History exhibit through March 31st. The exhibit features the stories of suffragettes and other women who shaped U.S. history, such as Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Ida B. Wells. Admission to the entire museum is $10 for adults and $7.50 for youth. Members of the U.S. armed forces and museum members are admitted free of charge.
4. Take A Walking Tour Of Laurel Hill Cemetery Dedicated To Women
If being in a cemetery does not scare or make you uncomfortable, then this event is for you. Philadelphia’s park-like Laurel Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for a number of notable women. On March 25 at 1:00 p.m., the cemetery is hosting a “Classy Broads and Daring Dames” walking tour of notable women’s graves with stories about their lives and contributions. The one-hour tour is $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors and $13 for cemetery members. The tour is set to end with a toast to the classy broads and daring dames both past and present.
5. Celebrate Women’s Month in Germantown
This historic section of Philadelphia is honoring Women’s History Month with a number of special events, including a one-woman show about Tribulation Periwinkle, a Civil War nurse. The show will be held on March 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. and on March 26 at 2:00 p.m. Before the Saturday and Sunday shows, there will be a presentation about Civil War nursing practices by Dr. Patricia D’Antonio, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Barbara Bates Center for Nursing. Tickets are $30 per person (Historic Germantown members pay $25).
Learning about and honoring the contributions of women in our nation’s history is important, especially for our daughters and granddaughters. The last weeks of March are full of events that honor women in our city. Take a day in March to attend one of the many special events celebrating Women’s History Month in Philadelphia.