2021 Women’s History Month Events in Morris County, NJ
March is Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to the often-overlooked contributions of women. Originally it grew out of a week-long celebration organized by a school district in California in 1978. The idea caught on and in 1980 President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. By 1987, Congress expanded the event to the entire month of March. In this blog, we will provide information on Women’s History Month events that are sure to interest and enlighten.
On Stage at Centenary Stage
A new play by Darrah Cloud has premiered at Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown. Called “Turning,” the play follows a group of Newark women who trained in gymnastics and competed alongside Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. It will be on stage until March 7th. Tickets
Women at MPAC
MPAC is holding a number of Women’s History Month events. On March 3rd Liz Phair will be available via live stream. Additionally, on March 6th you can catch a live stream of Brandy Clark. On March 10th Heather Headley will star as Nala in a virtual “Lion King” Broadway reunion live stream.
Another edition of the National Geographic Live Virtual Speaker Series will be available as a live stream from MPAC on Tuesday, March 30th. The program is called “Mysterious Seas” and features Dr. Diva Amon, a woman marine biologist from Trinidad who travels the world studying unusual animals living in a variety of deep-sea habitats. Tickets
Women’s History Month Events from Great Horizons
The Morris School District adult community school has five programs in March. They feature amazing women such as Impressionist artist Berthe Morisot, museum founders Peggy Guggenheim and Isabella Stewart Gardner, women in sports after Title IX, and outstanding women in NYC like Jane Jacobs, Gertrude Vanderbilt, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. A fifth program features ten Wallace House Women and Old Dutch Parsonage Suffrage Stories of slaves and free women associated with this New Jersey Historic Site. See pages 22 and 23 of their catalogue.
It’s Also Irish Heritage Month!
March is Women’s History and Irish Heritage month. Celebrate both at once with this virtual program. At last year’s National Book Festival three women participated in a program called “Fearless: A Tribute to Irish Women.” Program participants included best-selling writer Alice McDermott, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania, and Margaret Brennen, an anchor on CBS News. The one-hour program is available on YouTube at this link: Fearless
Women in the Revolutionary War
The Continental Army spent a good part of the war stationed in New Jersey or marching through it. They were supported, of course, by local women who have not gotten proper recognition. Our partner, Crossroads of the American Revolution, is creating a library of “New Jersey Neighbors,” including women like Tempe Wick, Theodosia Ford, and Hannah Caldwell, who made contributions during the war. Look at this growing list of their biographies, researched and written by historians. There are currently sixteen women featured. Read about them at this link: New Jersey Revolutionary War Women
Free Trip Through the Archives
Grab your preferred device and learn about Women’s History Month events offered by the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment of the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. These institutions joined together to provide a library of 80 audio and video programs. They cover topics such as Women in Arts and Culture, Science and Technology, Civil Rights, History and Politics. Women’s History Audios and Videos
Women’s History Sites to Visit
While traveling is still discouraged, have a look at these historic sites associated with Women’s History. Put them on your MUST SEE list. The Sierra Club made this list and it includes sites throughout the United States, from New York, to Chicago, to Arkansas, to New Mexico. You can deepen your knowledge of Women’s History by taking a “virtual” visit to these eight sites. Sierra Club Women’s History Trail
More Women’s History Month Events
Check out our Calendar of Events for more ways to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. Please support women-owned businesses like Enjou Chocolat, Glassworks Studio, 23 South Gift Boutique, Savour Café, Just Jersey, The Artist Baker, and the Dublin Pub-all in Morristown.