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How to celebrate Women’s History Month in NYC with screenings, shows and workshops

Nitehawk Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, Caveat and others will celebrate feminism.

Women will be celebrated during Women's History Month

Women will be celebrated during Women's History Month and for International Women's Day through shows, talks and screenings like "Strange Beasts," pictured. Photo Credit: Gunpowder & Sky

The future is female, and so is March.

Some of the city’s institutions are stepping up for Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day on March 8 with film series, workshops, tours and shows to celebrate all it means to be female.

With women speaking out about sexual harassment and inequality and marching to put an end to it, being a woman is more empowering and important than ever.

Here’s a look at what’s going on:

Exhibits and shows

"Her Time is Now"

Donna Karan's Urban Zen Center, 705 Greenwich St., Greenwich Village, March 9-16, opens at 10 a.m.

Artists Lacey McKinney, Tawny Chatmon, Noemi Manser and Nichole Washington will present their work in a show that's meant to celebrate the power of women who have shown activism in the name of gender equality. There will be a panel discussion on March 15 with the artists and Mashonda Tifrere, the founder of ArtLeadHER. Free.

"Radical Women: Latin American Art: 1960-1985"

The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Prospect Heights, April 13-July 22

Peruse the contemporary art of Latina women artists created during a conceptual and experimental period in art history. The show includes more than 260 works (photography, video, painting, sculpture and print) by artists like Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujin and others. $16.


New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side, on view through March 25

This installation, featuring more than 100 artifacts and images, explores the political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century, including the push for women's rights. $21.

“Jock Gems” film series

The Alamo Drafthouse, 445 Albee Square West #4, Brooklyn

The cinema will screen movies about women in sports throughout March, including “Love & Basketball,” “Pumping Iron II: The Women,” “A League of Their Own,” “Whip It” and “Unholy Rollers.” Additionally, the Brooklyn-filmed “Just Another Girl on the IRT” and “Breakthrough: Portraits of Women in Science,” a short anthology about women in the forefront of their fields, will also be shown. After “Breakthrough” on March 13, a conversation will be had with an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Hunter College and a researcher for the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Mände Holford. Tickets for this event are online at

"We Rise"

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side, every hour

Narrated by Meryl Streep, this 17-minute film profiles women — including like Lillian Wald, who founded the Henry Street Settlement, suffragist Addie Hunton, birth control activist Margaret Sanger and Clara Lemlich, who led the strike of shirtwaist workers in the garment industry in 1909 — whose advocacy had lasting effects. $21.

"Generation Women"

Caveat, 21A Clinton St., Lower East Side, March 28 at 7 p.m.

This cross-generational storytelling night will feature five women of note who will read an original piece, bringing together women all of ages to laugh, cry and think. $25.

“Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics”

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem, on view through Aug. 5

This ongoing exhibit traces women’s political activism from the 20th century through today, both nationally and in New York State. The exhibit features rare artifacts, documents, clothing, photos and audiovisual materials. $18 includes museum admission.

"Collecting the Women's Marches"

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side, on view through June 3

This impressive display of artifacts from past Women's Marches, including signs, sashes, pussyhats and colorful props, is on through June. It highlights some of the political and visual themes that emerged and the work that went on behind them. $21.



“A City Made by Women: New Perspectives”

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem, March 25 at 1 p.m.

Listen to the often untold stories of feminist activists and their struggles and triumphs over the last century, from the suffrage movement of the 1910s and the politicos of the 1930s, to the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and women’s activism now. The executive editor of Teen Vogue and co-editor of the book “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America,” Samhita Mukhopadhyay, will deliver the keynote address and will be followed by speakers historian Susan Goodier, professors Farah Jasmine Griffin and Premilla Nadasen and journalist Julie Scelfo, who will moderate the discussion. $20.

LinkNYC series

All 1,400 LinkNYC kiosks will display images of women, artifacts, garments and more from the MCNY "Beyond Suffrage" exhibit through March. You'll see well-known faces like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and lesser known trailblazers like Mabel Lee and Sarah J.S. Tompkins Garnet.

"The Museum of the City of New York has done a tremendous job telling the story of how New York’s women have shaped our city and country, and we hope that sharing a piece of it on Links will inspire activism among all the people — male and female — of our city today," said Samir Saini, the commissioner of the city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.


Gravesend Cemetery Tour

McDonald Avenue at Gravesend Neck Road, Brooklyn, March 18 at 11 a.m.

Tour Gravesend Cemetery, where Lady Deborah Moody and other early prominent residents of the neighborhood are laid to rest. Lady Moody was an English Quaker who founded Gravesend in 1643, divided the town into a grid system, created a town hall government, started a school and a church. What a woman. Free.

"The Rind: Making Workplace Herstory"

Moxy Times Square hotel, 485 Seventh Ave., March 24 at 9:30 a.m. until "late"

A full day of networking, business workshops and wellness discussions is planned to celebrate women. Starting at 9:30 a.m., there will be a gym workout and yoga class in the hotel's rooftop lounge. Then at 11 a.m., series of workshops with female business owners and experts, including Olivia Young of Box & Flow, Alyssa Coscarelli of Refinery29 and finance guru Kristin O'Keeffe Merrick, will be held. Meanwhile, you can peruse pop-up shops from The Alley, Pony Babe, Worry Sew More and Maha Rose. $10 to $50. 

Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem, March 25 at 3 p.m.

Less than 10 percent of Wikipedia editors are women, so step up, grab some coffee and help create and refine Wikipedia pages associated with the women activists spotlighted in the museum’s “Beyond Suffrage” exhibit. You’ll receive training at 3 p.m., but help will be given throughout the event. Bring your own laptop and chargers. $18 includes museum admission. Register online at Find more of these events here.


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