In our over-scheduled and busy lives, we can sometimes use a special month or a day to stop and reflect on or celebrate the things we easily take for granted. March is Women’s History Month and a great time to learn all about women’s history in Philly. This is an opportunity for you to get out with your family and learn together, and it’s also a good month for women to get out with their girlfriends and celebrate how far women have come.
A Celebration of Women’s History Month
Montgomery County Community College
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Date: March 12, 2014 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Celebrate women’s history by networking and spending time with other women. A Celebration of Women’s History Month at Montgomery County Community College will provide breakfast and feature female speakers, plus loads of fun. There will be a fashion show presented by Chico’s Simply Fabulous, and you can donate your gently used professional attire for Dress for Success. Just take note: You need to register at the website provided by March 7th to take part in this event.
Decoding the Lyrics: “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage”
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Date: March 24, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
As part of Women’s History Month, the National Constitution Center will offer a variety of events and displays. A new program titled “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage” features a hit pop song from Lady Gaga that tells the tale of women’s suffrage. The self-guided main exhibit “We the People” will highlight important moments in women’s history, including the retired robe of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
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Mural Arts Tour
Mural Arts at the Gallery
9th St. and Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Date: March 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Take a tour of Philly’s murals for Women’s History Month. There are murals done by female artists Meg Saligman, Ann Northrup and Michelle Ortiz. You will travel by antique trolley on the tour and learn all about the murals. There’s also a walking tour that is about two miles and can take two hours. It includes a stop at the Mural Arts Studio and gift shop, and guests can leave the tour at any of its stops. You can also view the murals by bike or trolley.
Taste of Freedom
The Mann Center for the Preforming Arts
5201 Parkside Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19131
Date: March 28, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Mann is honoring African American women at this luncheon, which is part of Women’s History Month. This is a great opportunity for women’s clubs to get together, or you can use it as a business networking event. Guest speakers and honorees of the day include the founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company, Joan Myers Brown; retired CBS broadcast pioneer, Trudy Haynes; Philadelphia Councilwoman, Augusta Clark; and several other women in fields such as medicine, travel, art and education. All proceeds of the luncheon go towards the Mann’s educational programs, and Taste of Freedom is part of the Freedom Festival at the Mann.
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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.