Events Holidays
Women's Rights March Associated Press/for PhillyVoice

Women's rights marchers parade down Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1970.

March 02, 2015

Honor Women's History Month with panels and performances

March is Women's History Month, and you know what that means: tons of great events for learning about, networking with and honoring women. Check out the region's best female-oriented parties, panels and plays happening all month.  

Betsy Ross House and Women's History Month

All month long, "meet" the women who helped shape Colonial Philadelphia, from dressmakers to business owners. Don't miss a special female-focused "Once Upon a Nation" storytelling on Sunday, March 8.

Through Sunday, March 29
11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Free with admission
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.
(215) 629-4026

Do We Need an Equal Rights Amendment to Ensure Gender Equality?

Constitutional law expert Cary Franklin, women’s history scholar Alice Kessler-Harris and American legal history professor Serena Mayeri discuss second-wave feminism. Bring your own lunch to this intense chat.

Wednesday, March 4
Noon | Free, reservations recommended
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
(215) 409-6700 

International Women's Collaboration Brew Day

Meredith Megan Rebar of Home Brewed Events and Christina Burris of Saint Benjamin Brewing teach guests about the brewing process while they create a collaborative brew, Unite Pale Ale. Sample Saint Benjamin brews and raise money for the Pink Boots Society.

Sunday, March 8
1-3 p.m. | $25
Saint Benjamin Brewing Co.
1710 N. 5th St.

Weaving Equality - An International Women's Day Celebration

Mt. Airy Art Garage and Moore College of Art & Design have teamed up for a special exhibit exploring gender and identity called "Gender Weave." The free exhibit runs all month, but for this day, MAAG will bring together artists, scholars and writers to discuss gender, sexuality and social norms.

Sunday, March 8
3-5 p.m. | $10 
Mt. Airy Art Garage
11 W. Mt. Airy Ave. 
(215) 242-5074

Women in Financial Services: Celebrating Women's History Month

Do a little networking at this lunch and panel discussion about the state of women in financial services. The panel includes women from Wells Fargo, Montgomery County Foundation, Stith & Associates and The American College.

Wednesday, March 11
11 a.m.-2 p.m. | $10 for WIFS members, $25 for non-members
Montgomery County Foundation
4 Sentry Parkway East, Suite 302, Blue Bell, Montgomery County
(484) 681-9046

Mrs. Elizabeth E. Hutter Living History Program

Historians bring to life two very important local women: Eliza Sproat Turner, suffragist and founder of New Century Trust, and Elizabeth E. Hutter, founder of Northern Home for Friendless Children. Tea and snacks will be provided.

Saturday, March 14
2 p.m. | Suggested donation $3
New Century Trust
1307 Locust St.
(215) 735-7593

Progressive Preservation: Chew, Starr & Gillespie 

Join this event to learn about three important female preservationists: Mary Chew, Sarah Logan Wister Starr and Elizabeth Dwayne Gillespie. Presentations on each woman will be followed by a roundtable discussion.

Sunday, March 15
1-4 p.m. | Free, registration requested
Stenton
4601 N. 18th St.
(215) 329-7312

Color of Science

This annual panel gathers women in the STEM fields to talk about the industry and promote diversity within it. WHYY's Taunya English will moderate a chat with representatives from The Franklin Institute, PharmaCadence Analytical Services, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and UTC Aerospace Systems.

Friday, March 13
6-8 p.m. | Free, registration required
The Franklin Institute
271 N. 21st St.
(215) 448-1200

Feminism in Philadelphia: The Glory Years: A Book Talk with Author Karen Bojar

Discuss Karen Bojar's latest book "Feminism in Philadelphia: The Glory Years: 1968-1982," which tracks Philly's second-wave feminism movement. Bojar is the former president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Thursday, March 19
5:30 p.m. |
 Suggested donation $3
New Century Trust
1307 Locust St.
(215) 735-7593

Classy Broads and Daring Dames: The Women of North Laurel Hill

This walking tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery will explore the stories of some of the famous, pioneering women buried there, like a Revolutionary War lady patriot and Ben Franklin's great-granddaughter. The tour ends with a toast to history's great women. 

Saturday, March 21
1 p.m. | $12, $10 for students and seniors
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave.
(215) 228-8200

Weaving the Story of Women's Lives

Mark the 35th anniversary of the Women's History Movement by sharing stories, dancing and networking with other women thanks to this OMART Women's Connection workshop.

Sunday, March 22
3-7 p.m. | $137
Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport
9000 Bartram Ave. 

Hear My Voice: A Living Voices Suffragette Performance

Elizabeth Rainer performs this one-act play about a woman who campaigns for the 19th Amendment and meets important suffragists along the way.

Monday, March 23
12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. | $5
New Century Trust
1307 Locust St.
(215) 735-7593

Scottish Rite Celebrates Women's History Month

Join Global Citizen at the Scottish Rite House senior housing center for educational games and activities with SRH residents. Volunteers are asked to help set up and break down the event.

Thursday, March 26
12:30-2:30 p.m. | Free admission
1525 Fitzwater St.
(215) 851-1811

History Making Productions: The Women of Philadelphia Documentary Screening

Producer Lauren Katz Smith screens new documentary "The Women of Philadelphia." The film tells the true stories of the women who shaped and helped build this city.

Monday, March 30
6:30 p.m. | Suggested donation $3
New Century Trust
1307 Locust St.
(215) 735-7593