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Marching On: How to Celebrate Women's History Month in NYC

March 7, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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March officially marks Women’s History Month, and what better way to spend your time in the city than by checking out some of New York’s coolest women-centric events, screenings, and tours? Rounded up below are our top five picks for how to celebrate Women’s History Month in NYC, from painting your own Frida inspired self-portrait to photographing all of Central Park’s iconic female statues.

Best of NYC Women’s History Month: Women’s Statuary Van Trip (Central Park)

In April, the New-York Historical Society, New York's first museum, will be opening the Center for Women, the country’s first public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women’s history. The soon-to-be-opened Center for Women will be located on New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor and will combine permanent exhibitions with temporary exhibitions that explore how women brought about change long before they even had access to voting. Catch some of the Historical Society's excellent programming in March, including An Evening with Billie Jean King (March 7), Women and the White House (March 9), and a screening of Woman of the Year (1942) on March 24. 170 Central Park W., 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org

Best of NYC Women’s History Month: Women’s Statuary Van Trip (Central Park)

Women's Statuary Van Trip

Image: Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr

Central Park is filled with statues of important figures from throughout history, and that certainly includes plenty of important women. Join NYC Parks on March 12th, 2017 between 1pm and 2:30pm when they host a Women’s Statuary Van Trip. From Eleanor Roosevelt to Harriet Tubman, lay eyes on some of the most significant women in U.S. historyin stone form, of course. Participants are selected by lottery, so be sure to register beginning on March 1st for your chance to participate. And you know what? Even if you don’t make the cut, that doesn’t have to stop you from taking a self-guided tour through New York City’s greatest public park. Central Park, 212-628-2345, nycgovparks.org

Best of NYC Women’s History Month: “Breaking Barriers: A Women’s Shorts Program” (Financial District)

National Museum of the American Indian

Image: John Gillespie/Flickr 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (George Gustav Heye Center) will be presenting a series of short works directed by Native women filmmakers on March 23rd, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm. Following the screening will be a discussion with directors Sally Kewayosh and Katsitsionni Fox. “Breaking Barriers: A Women’s Shorts Program” will take place in the museum’s lower-level auditorium with free admission to the public. 1 Bowling Green, 212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu

Best of NYC Women’s History Month: “Time After Time” Variety Show (Brooklyn) 

If you find yourself in Brooklyn on March 9th, 2017, make your way to The Bell House in Gowanus. “Time After Time: Variety Show About Movies and Women’s History” will be featuring a roster of film critics, fans, and programmers that will make their way through some of the film industry’s most iconic female moments from the 1930s to the 1990s. Tickets are $10 when purchased in advanced and $12 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm with the show beginning at 8pm. The event is 21 and over. 149 7th St., 718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com

Best of NYC Women’s History Month: “Badass Bitches Tour” at The Met (Upper East Side)

Badass Bitches Tour the Bell House

Museum Hack is known for giving museum tours that are anything but boring, and its “Badass Bitches of the Met” tour is one that should definitely be on your radar for the month of March. Take a two-hour tour that highlights the women of The Met while getting your fill of feminism and even partaking in a “find the baddest bitch at The Met” competition. Tour guides are as entertaining as they are knowledgeable, making this tour one that you’ll never forget. 1000 Fifth Ave., 800-210-9676, museumhack.com

Best of NYC Women’s History Month: Art Inspired By… Frida Kahlo (Upper West Side)

Frida Kahlo

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The Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center will be hosting an evening of art-making on March 22nd, 2017 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Inspired by the renowned work of self-portrait artist Frida Kahlo, participants will create their own masterpieces following an overview of Frida’s paintings and technique. The workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to visitors to get their hands dirty (literally, with paint!) and create something that they can then take home and cherish. RSVP is required, so be sure to call the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center prior to your arrival. Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, 212-397-3159, nycgovparks.org

For more information on how to participate in Women's Day on March 8, visit womensmarch.com.

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