NYC Celebrates Women’s History Month, 2022




Fire at the National Women’s Party Headquarters, with the ‘Sufs’ promptly removing all records, c. 1920. Image via library of congress

The Women’s History Month theme for 2022 is ‘Providing Healing, Promoting Hope‘. The theme recognizes the many ways in which women have provided healing and hope to humanity for countless generation and continue to do so today. Here are a few ways to support and celebrate Women’s History Month, 2022.

The 2022 National Women’s History Theme “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”

Pre-election parade for suffrage in NYC, October 23, 1915 with 20,000 women marching. Image via library of congress

The 2022 theme proudly honors those who, in both public and private life, provide healing and promote hope for the betterment of all. Instead of selecting national honorees, the NWHA encourages groups throughout the country to use the theme to recognize and honor women in their own communities, organizations, or agencies.

Explore Village Preservation’s ‘Women’s Suffrage History Map!

Step into history with Village Preservation’s ‘Women’s Suffrage History Map’ and explore the movement, the women, and where they lived.


HarlemStage Celebrating Women’s History Month Throughout March

In honor of Women’s History Month we’re highlighting the amazing women with upcoming performances, by or about them, this month at Harlem Stage!

Jazz vocalist Carla Cook performs with her quartet on March 12, Mumu Freshperforms on March 19 in a SOLD OUT concert co-presented with Carnegie Hall Citywide, and on March 23 Harlem Stage and Repertorio Español present In The Time Of Butterflies, a play based on Julia Alvarez’ best-selling novel about the iconic Mirabal sisters – Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa – who were martyred in 1960 fighting tyranny in the Dominican Republican.


Village Preservation Presents ‘Jane Jacobs’s First City ~ March 3

This intimate portrait of Jane and her home city reveals for the first time the individuals, communities, and events that she encountered in her first eighteen years, and recaptures the milieu in which she grew up, linking us to a vanishing segment of American history. Through her fresh-minded observation, which she first practiced in Scranton, and reliance on common sense rather than conventional wisdom, Jacobs discovered what made for vibrant cities and economies as well as the values and principles that accompanied them.  Register for Thursday, March 3rd at 6pm.


Colomba ~ Meurisse ~ Modan: 3 Continents at Philippe Labaune Gallery ~ March 3

From L-R: Elizabeth Colomba-New York; Catherine Meurisse-Paris; Rutu Modan-Tel Aviv

Philippe Labaune Gallery showcases the works of three women with different culture, background, and training in narrative art and illustration. In this exhibition, Colomba, Meurisse and Modan tackle serious subjects from the complicated, yet unbreakable, bonds of family, the impact of politics and war on individuals, the issues of immigration, violence, and racism, as well as the lightness of new beginnings and the beauty of long-lasting love.


Flushing Town Hall Celebrates Women’s History Month Beginning ~ March 4

Flushing Town Hall will be celebrating Women’s History Month with a series commemorating jazz, pop, and latin music icons Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Celia Cruz and more. The performances will feature Broadway veteran Rosena Hill Jackson, jazz singers Aka Allrich and Barbara Rosene, and Latin soul singer Deborah Resto. Purchase tickets for March 4 ~ March 10 ~ March 19 ~ March 31.


NYC Parks Presents Hands On History: Irish Immigrant Women ~ March 5

Suffrage Envoys from San Francisco greeted in New Jersey on their way to Washington D.C. to present petition to Congress, c. 1910. via library of congress

In celebration of the Irish immigrant women who worked at King Manor, join us in our historic kitchen to learn about their lives in the United States and make a craft young Irish women would have brought to remind them of their country of origin. This is a Free event. Read more about Women’s History and Parks.


The Women Who Made the Morgan at National Arts Club ~ March 7

Join Daria Rose Foner, Research Associate to the Director, and Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator, Drawings and Prints, as they discuss the lives and careers of Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950), private librarian of J. Pierpont Morgan and inaugural director of the Morgan; and Felice Stampfle (1913–2000), first curator of the collection of Drawings and Prints. Foner and Tonkovich explore the lasting marks left on the Morgan by these extraordinary figures by examining Greene and Stampfle’s leadership, scholarship, and acquisitions. This is a free, in-person event with Registration.


Women’s Jazz Festival @30: Curators Salon moderated by Robin Bell-Stevens, Director and Executive Producer of Jazzmobile, Inc. ~ March 8

The Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival (WJF) is celebrating 30 years of centering Black women in the field of jazz. Robin Bell-Stevens, Director and Executive Producer of Jazzmobile Inc. will moderate the conversation. Following the conversation there will be a musical performance presented by Jazzmobile, Inc. This is a Free event with Registration.


International Women’s Day ~ March 8

Dominique Falla, #BreakTheBias #IWDtypism typography

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.


Fotografiska New York Presents The Leica Women Foto Project ~ March 9

As part of the Leica Women Foto Project initiative, Leica granted three photographers a cash award of $10,000, a Leica SL2-S camera set, and exhibition at Fotografiska New York. In addition to the Award, the initiative expanded to provide three mentorships in partnership with VII Agency.  This year’s renown jury includes Amanda Hajjar, Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska New York. The Leica Women Foto Project exhibition, The Bind of Humanity, is curated by Fotografiska New York, and will be on view this International Women’s Day through April 6, 2022.


Village Preservation Present an Evening with Playwright Barbara Kahn & Friends ~ March 10

Join Kahn and her friend and frequent collaborator Robert Gonzales Jr. for an interactive and entertaining evening. The night’s event will include theatrical performances, dramatic readings, and historical anecdotes giving our audiences a behind-the-scenes look at Kahn’s life and work.


Sou Sou! Saturdays: Our AfriFemme Heritage at The Shabazz Center ~ March 12

Join Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in collaboration with The Shabazz Center for Sou Sou! Saturdays: Our Afrifemme Heritage on Saturday, March 12th from 1:00 to 5:00pm at The Shabazz Center. This event will honor the contributions of women, past and present, to the culture and traditions of the African Diaspora.


A Female Gaze: Seven Decades of Women Street Photographers at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Vivian Maier, Untitled 1/15, 1959; Gelatin silver print; printed 2021; Image size: 12 x 12 inches; Paper size: 20 x 16 inches © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than at an exhibition serving more than seven decades of work by twelve women street photographers. On view through April 2nd.


Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property at Poster House Museum

Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property tells the story of Ethel Reed, the best of a very small number of women poster designers at the turn of the century, who shot to fame and disappeared from public life after two year. The exhibit is on view to August 21, 2022 at Poster House Museum.


The Tragic Story of NYC’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in Greenwich Village

People and horses draped in black walk in procession in memory of the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. Image via Wikiwand

We can’t celebrate Women’s History Month with out looking back at the tragic story of NYC’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, in which 146 immigrant women and girls perished.


Visit a Monument on Roosevelt Island Honoring Journalist Nellie Bly 

Installation for The Girl Puzzle in progress on Roosevelt Island. Image via

Nellie Bly was an American journalist with a focus on the lives of working women, wiring a series of investigative articles on women factory workers and other important issues of the day including the Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913 for the New York Evening Journal. The article’s headline was “Suffragists Are Men’s Superiors” and in its text, she accurately predicted that it would be 1920 before women in the U.S. would be given the right to vote. #GirlPuzzle


Visit Literary Row in Central Park to view Women’s Rights Pioneers

Image via Monumental Women online

Monumental Women unveiled an art installation celebrating the lives of three women’s rights pioneers ~ Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.


365 Books by Women Writers!

This list includes a vast range of women authors, and we hope you find some old favorites and some new discoveries. And we hope that readers can draw strength and inspiration from these 365 books — and the women who wrote them — in the year ahead.


Foreword: Women Who Built NYPL

Learn about some of the extraordinary women from the Library’s 125-year history who have changed The New York Public Library—and the field of librarianship—forever.


Monument Women Created a Virtual Women’s Rights Trail

It is so important to learn about and honor the diverse contributions of New York City women to the advancement of women’s rights.  Use this map of the five boroughs to find and visit — either virtually or in-person — locations where women’s history was made!  This initial map will expand to include more women in all the boroughs.  Historians, librarians, educators and the public will help develop and enlarge the future scope of the Trail.


Celebrating Women’s History with The National Organization For Women

Women picketing in front of the White House, 1917. Image via library of congress

When the first graduate program in women’s history was started in 1972 at Sarah Lawrence College, its founder, Dr. Gerda Lerner said, “When I started working on women’s history the field did not exist. Men didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing.” That’s why all this month, NOW will be highlighting #WomanHeroes across our social media channels. We’ll be spotlighting champions like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a feminist author born and raised in Nigeria who draws inspiration from Nigerian history and tragedies. Her TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” focuses on the problems of creating a single narrative to represent humankind and the stereotypes that go along with it.


Additional Monuments in NYC Dedicated to Women

Golda Meir bust at Golda Meir Square, Broadway on East 39th Street

In addition to The Girl Puzzle and Monumental Women’s monument to three women’s rights pioneers, here are a few more monuments to women scattered about our five boroughs.


Taking a Look Back to #Resist ~ Women’s March in NYC, 2018

Looking back at The Women’s March, 2018 when more than 200000 protesters took to the streets. More than 600 similar marches took place all around the Country.


On The National Mall in Washington D.C., #IfThenSheCan ~ Celebrating Women in STEM

Courtesy of IF/THEN

The Smithsonian has partnered with IF/THEN to display 120 3D-printed statues of celebrated women in STEM, to debut during Women’s History Month this March, 2022.


Need an Artist? Take a Look at the Women Who Draw


Women Who Draw is an open directory of female* professional illustrators, artists and cartoonists. It was created by two women artists in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, emphasizing female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators.


Seems like the more things change, the more things stay the same

At National Anti-Suffrage Association, possibly in 1911. Image via library of congress