Commemorate Women’s History Month throughout March with virtual and in-person events across Long Island — from documentary screenings to wine tastings and art discussions, there’s something for everyone.
Women’s History Month started as a locally-based weeklong celebration that corresponded with International Women’s Day on March 8, according to the National Women’s History Museum. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation marking that week, National Women’s History Week, according to the museum’s website.
Since 1987, when Congress passed a law designating March as Women’s History Month, the National Women’s History Alliance has established the annual theme, according to the alliance’s website. This year’s theme is an extension of 2020’s, “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” The theme honors the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women voting rights in 1920. Numerous events last year were forced to cancel because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, most events on the Island will be held virtually. Events planned in-person will follow face mask and social distancing restrictions.
Legis. Arnold Drucker (D-Plainview) is hosting the Second Annual Women’s History Month Judy Jacobs Essay Award Contest. The contest is open to all students in grades 5 to 8 who reside in District 16, which includes the communities of Plainview, Old Bethpage, Jericho, Syosset, Woodbury, Hicksville, Old Westbury, and Roslyn Heights. The theme is “Justice, Justice you Shall Pursue.” Last year’s contest was postponed. Prior entries will be honored and winners will be selected from each category. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m., March 29 during a virtual Women’s History Month Program. The event will be livestreamed at facebook.com/legislatorarnoldwdrucker.
Online: Connecting with opportunity
Connecting students to business industries in honor of Black and women’s history month. Join a 6 p.m. conversation with Black/Afro-Latinx business owners and learn about their career journeys and the challenges they faced. The event is co-hosted by MTRC — The Long Island NY — MEP, CSTEP Club, Latinx 365 and Delta Sigma Pi. calendar.stonybrook.edu
Online: Women of Science at the New York State Museum
Join museum scientist and freshwater ecologist Dr. Denise Mayer on a dive into the mysteries of freshwater mussels. Participate in this program by asking questions of the presenter at 1 p.m. via Facebook Live. The free event is presented by the New York State Museum. nysm.nysed.gov/women-of-science
Online: Women of Science at the New York State Museum
Join this free live video presentation on bioarchaeology basics with Julie Weatherwax, a bioarchaeology technician, and Lisa Anderson, a bioarchaeology curator. They will explain current research on a Revolutionary War cemetery in upstate Lake George. Viewers can submit questions at NYSMPP@nysed.gov for the 10 a.m. live video hosted by the New York State Museum. nysm.nysed.gov/women-of-science.
In person: A taste of girl power
On March 5 and 12, taste wines from around the globe produced by female winemakers. Certified sommelier Jessica Green will discuss the various aspects of these wines during a four-wine tasting flight with vintages from Down the Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique in Sayville, paired with specialty cheeses hand-picked by Sayville N Spice in-house chef and manager Felicia Ottomanelli. The 6 p.m. events are hosted by Down the Rabbit Hole Wine Boutique and limited to 10 people. Tickets are $55 and must be purchased in advance. winevie.com/events.
Online: Women and migration: responses in art and history
In celebration of International Women’s Day, join senior curator Corinne Erni at 5 p.m. in a free livestreamed conversation about women artists and their experiences of migration, hosted by Parrish Art Museum. parrishart.org/programs-events.
Online: Women’s History Month collections tour
Ashley Hopkins-Benton, senior historian and curator, will present artifacts donated to the New York State Museum by women. nysm.nysed.gov/programs.
Online: Creating hope: celebrating each other’s dreams
Traciana Graves, corporate strategist, keynote speaker and internationally acclaimed vocalist, will discuss Black and women’s history at 12:30 p.m. in a free event hosted by the Suffolk County Community College Foundation. sunysuffolk.thankyou4caring.org/calendar
Online: Art history and crafts: celebrating women’s history month
The Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University hosts a bimonthly virtual arts and crafts event led by the gallery’s student education team. Programs at 5 p.m. on March 14 and 27 will include a brief presentation and exploration of an artist’s work, followed by an art-making activity. zuccairegallery.stonybrook.edu/events
Online: “Never Forget” talk back series
In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 Black women from the Women’s Army Corps to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European theater during World War II. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-Black female battalion to serve in Europe during the war. The 6:30 p.m. free event is hosted by Hofstra Cultural Center, Office of the Dean of Students and the Africana Studies Program. events.hofstra.edu
Online: Virtual museum tour for Women’s History Month
A virtual guided tour of The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s galleries will focus on the experiences of women during the Holocaust. The noon tour will be led by education director Helen Turner and Dr. Thorin Tritter, museum and programming director.hmtcli.org/events.