New York City played a pivotal role in the naming of March as Women's History Month. In 1979, Sarah Lawrence College hosted a 15-day conference about women's history that led to the creation of a national week commemorating the topic. The next year, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women's History Week. By 1986, 14 states marked Women's History Month, which gained national designation the following year. Fittingly, you can celebrate the fascinating women — past and present — who have enlivened New York City by visiting museums, restaurants and entertainment venues during Women's History Month, or any time of the year:
Culture and History The New York Historical Society's Center for Women's History explores the lives and legacies of women who have shaped the American experience. Permanent exhibits include the archive of Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King archive, while special exhibitions include What Woman Can Do For America: Geraldine Ferraro and the 1984 Presidential Campaign, running through mid-summer, 2020, and Women March, running through Aug. 30, 2020. If you love photography, the Alice Austen House Museum is worth a visit to Staten Island. Its namesake was one of the first women photographers in this country to work outside a studio, shooting more than 8,000 images over her career in photojournalism. Special exhibits include Powerful and Dangerous: The Words and Images of Audre Lorde, running from March 20 through May 31, 2020. To find out more about the Great Women of New York, Inside Out Tours offers an educational tour about female pioneers in writing, art and activism.
Dining Ask a foodie to recommend a top restaurant in New York City and many — both men and women — will say Via Carota, an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village run by chef Jody Williams and her business partner, Rita Sodi. A James Beard Award finalist, this unassuming joint is known for its rendition of classic dishes like tonnarelli cacio pepe and Sicilian meatballs with pine nuts and raisins. Their sibling restaurant, Buvette, a casual bar-cafe, is also a fun spot for a drink or light meal. Another chef making noise behind the stove is Israeli-born Einat Admony, known for her flagship Mediterranean restaurant, Balaboosta (Yiddish for “perfect housewife"). The restaurant draws inspiration from her PersianYeminite background to offer such dishes as fried olives with labneh and harissa oil and Za'atar fettucine with Contently 1 feta, smoked eggplant and lemon. Admony is also the owner of Kish-Kash, a North African-inspired couscous bar located in the West Village. Looking for a plant-based meal? Amanda Cohen's Dirt Candy serves a la carte brunch and five- and ten-course tasting menus for dinner — and everything can be made vegan upon request. Think dishes like Brussels sprouts tacos and portobello mousse on toast, paired with a vegetable-infused cocktail, like a cucumber fizz (bourbon, cucumber, lemon, creme de cacao and sour beer).
Nightlife New York's theater scene features a trove of female-focused productions, from Broadway hits like Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill and Frozen to off-Broadway fare like The Unsinkable Molly Brown, All the Natalie Portmans and Anne Frank: The Musical. Generation Women is a monthly themed storytelling performance held at different venues around the city. Similar to NPR's The Moth, this is a live performance of true stories, some funny, some serious but always mean to be thought provoking. For a guaranteed girls' night out, head to Brooklyn's Union Hall for Jenny's Birthday Variety Show, a comedy-variety show with a changing theme every month. Time Out New York called it, “The bash of the year every single month."
During Women's History Month in March in New York City, you can tap into the talents and accomplishments of a range of remarkable women.
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