Celebrating Women’s History Month 2020 in NYC & the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment




Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted in New Jersey on their way to Washington to present a petition to Congress Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted containing more than 500,000 signatures. C. 1915. Image via Library of Congress

This year during Women’s History Month we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ~ Giving women the right to vote. ‘Valiant Women of the Vote,’ this year’s theme, “honors the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

Women suffragists picketing in front of the White House. Library of Congress.

The 19th Amendment: 100 Years ~ The National Park Service explores the 19th Amendment, whose rights need protecting today, and adding relevant content and program information throughout the year.


May 12, 1912 Parade Women’s Suffrage courtesy of Library of Congress

The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is ‘Valiant Women of the Vote‘. This theme will honor “brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”


Harriet Tubman, Harlem

2019 and 2020, NYC moved forward in addressing the absence of female monuments in our public spaces. Here are some of our Monuments dedicated to Women.


Women March on view at New York Historical Society celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920, as it explores the efforts of a wide range of women to expand American democracy in the centuries before and after the suffrage victory.


13th, 2018 Mixed media photo collage, encaustic wax, acrylic, gesso and resin on wood
28 x 24 inches Image Courtesy of Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University

Currently on view, Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana, at Ford Foundation Gallery explores one of the most critical issues of inequality and injustice facing our nation today through the lens of a population too often overlooked.


artist tatyana fazlailzaheh-she is the first public artist in residence at nycchr.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs presented four new public artists-in-residence (PAIR). We spotted the work of one ~ a perfect visit during Women’s History Month. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Stop Telling Women to Smile.


In celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, The New York Philharmonic has launched Project 19 ~ born of the conviction that an orchestra can participate in conversations about social imperatives and even change the status quo. Project 19 is the single largest women-only commissioning initiative in history commissioning and premiering 19 new works by 19 women composers.


Image via Anonymous Was a Woman taken from Jennifer Wen Ma, Paradise Interrupted, 2015, Installation Opera

Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 awarded each year to ten woman-identifying artists over the age of 40 and at a critical junction in their career. The name of the grant program refers to a line in Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own.” The award was begun in 1996 in response to the decision of the National Endowment of the Arts to cease support of individual artists. To date, Anonymous was a Woman has awarded over $6 million to 240 artists. This is a program of women supporting women, and a great share during  Women’s History Month.


The Grand Old Lady was designed by Jules Henri de Sibour who also drew up the plans for several embassy buildings. This was the first permanent headquarters of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC), the five-story ‘Grand Old Lady’ constructed in 1910

Celebrating Women’s History Month as The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes 4 African American Women’s Clubs that helped write history.


Eileen Gray was a pioneer in modern design and architecture, and one of the few women to practice professionally in those fields before World War II.  An exhibition of her work will be on view at Bard Gallery through July 12, 2020.


March 1 ~ Join Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Women’s History Month Celebration with DORIS and Monumental Women on Sunday, March 1st from 3-5pm.


March 1 ~ From Suffrage to Power: Reflections on Women’s Citizenship, a 2020 Conference at New York Historical Society contemplates the legacy of the 19th Amendment in its centennial year. Scholars, journalists, jurists, and activists will consider the suffrage movement in all of its forms and complexity and explore the ways in which women have organized for full freedom and citizenship in the 100 years since ratification.


March 2-30 ~ 2020 Women’s Jazz Festival at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is an annual event during Women’s History Month, featuring some of the best known and unsung performers in jazz today.


Image via GVSHP

March 5 ~ The GVSHP and the Salmagundi Club celebrate Women’s History Month with “Remembering the Women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire’ on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm at Judson Memorial Church’s Assembly Hall, enter at 239 Thompson Street in Greenwich Village.


March 6 ~ United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2020. This year’s theme is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights.” the observance will celebrate the next generations of women and girl leaders and gender equality activists together with the women’s rights advocates and visionaries on whose shoulders they stand.


March 9 ~ 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. The main focus of the session will be on the 25th anniversary review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. This is the U.N.’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights and is the single largest forum for UN Member States,, civil society organizations, and other international actors to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue.


March 12 at Morris Jumel Mansion ~ Two Elizas in Old New York (1875): Eliza Greatorex Picturing Eliza Jumel’s Mansion with Professor Katherine Manthorne. This is presented as part of the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s Winter Lecture Series honoring Women’s History Month. It is a Free event with RSVP.


Cancelled ~ March 14 ~ Wow Festival Teen Summit at Apollo Theater. Apollo Theater presents two Women’s History Month programs as a one-day special convening of WOW ~ Women of the World Festival 2020. Programs are Free with RSVP Ticket.


March 14 ~ Urban Park Rangers will lead visitors through Central Park to sites honoring historic figures who acted to increase our liberty, safety, and prosperity. Some made music, some made noise, all made a difference. this tour will celebrate women who broke records, broke ground, and blazed trails. 11am to 12:30pm. A Free event.


March 15 ~ Art + Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at New Museum will expand articles for feminist figures across the gender spectrum and address the structural underrepresentation of women.


Image via findagrave.com added by BKGeni 2008

March 15 ~ Women’s History Month: Gravesend Cemetery Tour. Join Urban Park Rangers on this historic tour of Gravesend Cemetery and learn about Lady Deborah Moody and her connections to Gravesend. A Free Event.

And on March 15 ~  Urban Park Rangers will be leading a tour on a hike to Split Rock in the Bronx, highlighting the life and death of Anne Hutchinson, a key figure in the development of religious freedom in the English American colonies. A Free Event.

Check a full calendar of events during Women’s History Month at New York City Parks Department.


Women marching in national suffrage demonstrations in Washington, D.C., May 9, 1914. Image via Library of Congress

March 19 ~ Marching Towards Modernity: The Women of Greenwich Village and the Art and Politics of Social Change, co-hosted by the Merchant’s House Museum and the Village Alliance. Thursday, March 19th from 6-8pm to be held at Tompkins Square Park Library, 331 East 10th Street, NYC


Marking Time: Prisons in the Lives of Black Women at Harlem Stage

March 21 ~ Marking Time: Prisons in the Lives of Black Women to be held on Saturday, March 21st from 7:30-10pm at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, NYC. How have black women used art and performance to express the massive toll that prisons have had on their lives, families, and communities? The evening features performances, readings, and discussions by three formerly incarcerated women to celebrate the release of Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood’s new book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.


March 25 ~ Commemoration of the 109th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Washington and Greene Streets, Greenwich Village. Help to build the Triangle Fire Memorial.


March 26th is Feminist Film Night at Brooklyn Museum in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment ~ an evening of short films. the lineup of documentaries tell stories of progress, expand on ideas of civic engagement, and shed light on those still fighting for suffrage. After the screenings, a Q & A with filmmakers.


Dorothy Day (1897-1980) is known today as one of American’s most ardent advocates for the homeless, a radical pacifist, a proponent of civil disobedience, and a lifelong critic of U.S. foreign policy, unchecked capitalism and consumerism, and a resident of Greenwich Village in the 1910s. Join Village Preservation for a ‘Talk’ by John Loughery on her life, taken from his forthcoming biography, Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century.

Dorothy Day in the Village, Tuesday, March 31st, 6pm at the Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, NYC ~ a presentation for Women’s History Month from Village Preservation.


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