Women’s History Month Happenings Around Philly
Philly history is full of great women. Now's your chance to get to know them.
March is Women’s History Month, and institutions around Philly are celebrating in so many ways, from concerts to museum exhibits and more. Learn about some of the amazing women that helped shape our nation and challenge our ideals, and inspire the next generation of leaders by bringing your kids to these family-friendly events.
Through March 31
525 Arch St.
Participate in an array of activities throughout March including the new program “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which rewrites Lady Gaga’s song to tell the story of women’s suffrage with more than a little bit of levity. Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s main exhibition, “The Story of We the People,” which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage. You can also test your knowledge of women’s history at the Giant Game Board.
March 2, 11 am –4 pm
239 Arch St.
Meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.
Thursdays through Sundays in March, noon—5 pm
239 Arch St.
Meet historical re-enactor of Phillis the Laundress, a free African-American woman who was born into slavery in the 18th century, and went on to become a free woman in Philadelphia.
Saturdays and Sundays in March, 2 pm
Benjamin Franklin Museum, access from Market or Chestnut Street between Third and Fourth Streets
On this free walking tour, discover how local Philadelphian Lucretia Mott‘s involvement in the anti-slavery movement led to her involvement in the fight for women’s suffrage.
Saturdays and Sundays in March, 3 pm
Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between Fourth and Fifth streets
Join a park ranger for a 30 minute program to hear about some of the many women whose contributions helped to further the cause of liberty, justice, and equality for all Americans.
March 3, 12:30—1:30 pm
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.
Join New York Times best-selling author L.M. Elliott for a special workshop geared towards young authors aged 11 to 15. In this hour-long workshop, Elliott will share how she used historical documents – letters, journals, and memoirs – to discover and create her dramatic, fact-infused story, Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited.
March 3, 11 am—3 pm
239 Arch St.
A day of historical re-enactors—meet Betsy Ross, and three more 18th Century women entrepreneurs with different experiences and backgrounds to learn their stories.
‘Sisters in Freedom’ Screenings
March 7, 4 pm; Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
March 13, 4pm; Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Avenue
March 18, 4 pm; Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave.
Sisters of Freedom: The Daring Battle to End Slavery tells the story of the brave women, both black and white, who banded together to fight slavery decades before the Emancipation Proclamation. These screenings are appropriate for school-aged kids and older.
March 8, 8 am—2 pm
One Logan Square
Together with local women-owned businesses The Papery of Philadelphia and Society Blooms with DIY, The Logan invites you to stop by and write a note to a woman in your life. Custom postcards as well as beautiful flowers will be on hand to make your message special.
March 9, 11 am—3 pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
Perfect for ages 5 and up, Macy’s Family Fun Day will incorporate art, performances. and interactive art activities. Make picture frames, visit the selfie station, and more. The first 250 people will receive free entry to the museum for this event.
March 10, 3 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Celebrate International Women’s Day through song with a free performance by Anna Crusis Women’s Choir. Founded in 1975, the group acts as agents of social change by empowering and uplifting audiences with inspirational and inclusive music.
March 23, 10 am—3 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Come for a day dedicated to spotlighting female role models and their impact on our world, and hear from the region’s top experts in a variety of STEM fields including medicine, neuroscience, physics, and engineering. Plus, hands-on activities, and performances by Philadelphia Studio Ballet.
March 23, 12:15 pm
Walnut Street West Library, 201 S. 40th St.
Sponsored by The West Philly Reading Captains, this event will explore women’s history through games, activities, book giveaways, and theatrical performance. Children and families will meet famous historical women at one of several literacy stations, and are encouraged to ask actors questions about their life and work.
March 23, 2 pm
Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Celebrate Women’s history with a documentary film screening about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film runs approximately 90 minutes and is rated PG.
Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.