By Shanna Lisberg
March is Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. It has been observed annually by the United States throughout the month of March since 1987. Here are some ways you can celebrate Women’s History Month locally. Add your own ideas and events in comments!
“The First 100 Years” by Women’s University Club of Seattle
The Seattle Public Library – Magnolia Branch
2801 34th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199
March 1, 2014 1-2 p.m.
The Women’s University Club of Seattle will be discussing their new book, “The First 100 Years: Women’s University Club of Seattle, 1914-2014.” Learn about a century of colorful Club members, significant events in Seattle and the world, and the historical figures who dropped by the Club for a visit.
Boeing Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
March 8-9, 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fly it Forward provides introductory, 20-minute airplane rides to girls and women to promote interest in aviation and space professions. Rides are limited to those who have never flown, or who have only flown in airliners. Flights will originate at the Museum tarmac; registration is through the Women of Aviation World Wide Week Website – Fly It Forward Challenge 2014. All flights are weather-dependent.
2014 Women’s History Month Luncheon
Clark County Historical Society and Museum
1511 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
March 17, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Guest speaker Barbara Creager, designer at Babette’s Hatworks, LLC, will discuss all things hats: how to purchase a hat that compliments you, how to purchase the correct size, how to wear it properly, how to use hat pins, how to store your hat, and so on. All attendees are encouraged to wear their own hats to the luncheon. Barbara will also bring some of her hats for sale. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for current CCHS members.
Seattle Apartment Buildings 1900-1939 and Women Who Bought, Sold, and Constructed Them
The Woman’s Century Club
807 East Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102
March 24, 2014 at Noon to 1:30 p.m. – parlor of the clubhouse
Author Diana James says that when researching her book “Shared Walls,” “it was a big surprise to discover that a large number of Seattle women were involved with the buying and selling and building of apartment buildings in the early half of the twentieth century.” Diana will share her discoveries about five of these remarkable women, including Corinne Simpson Wilson, Seattle’s best-known woman realtor and builder of the Wilsonian Apartments. Light refreshments will be available; suggested donation $5.
Comparable Worth in Washington
State Capital Museum
211 21st Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98501
Monday, March 31 at 12 p.m.
Presented by the Washington State Historical Society, in honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Karen Fraser, Earlyse Swift, and former Representative and Public Lands Commissioner Jennifer Belcher will discuss the landmark Comparable Worth implementation in Washington. Suggested donation $2.
No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII
A film by Michele Midori Fillion
Begins airing March 14, 2014 on PBS World
Before World War II, women were delegated to covering stories about home and family life. But when American female reporters fought and won access to cover the war they faced additional challenges, ranging from an outright ban at army press briefings to a lack of facilities in the field. Instead, these women changed the nature of war reportage, focusing not just on the war itself, but on the suffering of civilians. “No Job For a Woman” tells this story through the lives and work of wire service reporter Ruth Cowan, magazine reporter Martha Gellhorn, and war photographer Dickey Chapelle.
National Women’s History Project (NWHP)
The National Women’s History Project is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to promoting gender equality through public recognition of women’s diverse lives and accomplishments. This year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.