The Ms. Guide to Celebrating Women’s History Month 2022

Throughout Women’s History Month (and beyond!), feminist experts in politics, public service and more are coming together to share their lived experiences and help propel women’s rights forward.

Throughout the month of March, our editorial team will be compiling virtual events you can attend to celebrate women’s history no matter where you are in the world. Celebrate with us! (Images, clockwise from top left: Roxy Szal, Brooke Anderson / Survival Media Agency, Alisdare Hickson / Flickr, Wakil KOHSAR / AFP via Getty Images, Lynn Friedman / Flickr)

This article will be updated daily throughout Women’s History Month as new virtual events become available. Last update: March 4, 11:10 a.m. PT.

Every March, we join together to reflect on the centuries of sacrifice and courage that have fueled feminist progress. But this year more than ever, we at Ms. believe that the best way to honor feminists of the past is to work towards greater equality for future generations.

Though many of us are still physically isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual events are keeping us connected all month long. Through panel conversations, film screenings, online art exhibits and more, it’s easier than ever to interact with like-minded speakers from all corners of the world—including activists, poet laureates, ambassadors and artists.

We’ll be celebrating feminist milestones: The recent nomination of a woman who could be the first ever Black woman Supreme Court justice, and after years of legal battles and activism, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has reached a $24 million settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation over their equal pay lawsuit. But at the same time, we must continue to pursue legislative reform and accountability at all levels. Experts in politics, public service and more are coming together to share their lived experiences and help propel women’s rights forward—so Ms. is here to keep you in the loop.

We’ll be updating this calendar throughout Women’s History Month (and a little beyond!) with empowering panels, workshops and screenings everyone is welcome to attend!

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March 6–12, 2022

Five Women: The US Supreme Court in Recent History. | March 8, 2022, 9:30am PST

Five Women: The US Supreme Court in Recent History. Online Only

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the library has invited Dr. Emma Long to share the history and impact of women on the United States Supreme Court.

As President Joe Biden considers Black female candidates to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, in this talk we consider the first five female Justices. Sandra Day O’Connor. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sonia Sotomayor. Elena Kagan. Amy Coney Barrett. Each appointed at a different time, in a different context, and with different politics. We’ll look at each of these women and consider their impact on the Supreme Court itself, while exploring the role and power of the Court more generally, and the impact of the increasingly political appointment process for the future of the Court.

Dr. Long is an associate professor in American history and politics at the University of East Anglia.

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Black Feminist Futures Series: Planting for the Future | March 9, 2022, 9:00–10:30 a.m. PST

Join us for Planting for the Future, a virtual conversation on Black women’s participation in Afrofuturism through literature, film, art, fashion, and community organizing. The program features Dr. Andrea Hairston (author of Master of Poisons), Sheree Renee Thomas (author of Nine Bar Blues), Tananarive Due (author of The Between: A Novel), and Tanaya Denise Fields (founder of Black Feminist Project & Black Joy Farm, and author of “Dirty Business: The Messy Affair of Rejecting Shame” in the book You Are Your Best Thing). The program will be moderated by Dr. Chesya Burke (author of Let’s Play White).

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Work/Cited Episode 14: Sex, Lies, and Suffrage History | March 9, 2022, 1–2 p.m. ET

Author headshot and book cover

Work/Cited is a program series that showcases the latest scholarship supported by the rich collections of The New York Public Library with a behind-the-scenes look at how the finished product was inspired, researched, and created.

In this episode, NYPL’s Cara Dellatte will be speaking with award-winning historian, speaker, and writer Kimberly A. Hamlin about her recent book, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener.  Drawing from the Library’s Paul Kester papers, Kimberly’s book reveals the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment. 

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Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work: new insights and tools from C190 | March 9, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. EST

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Black & Woman | March 10, 2022, 4–5 p.m. ET

Join NYPL Staff in a community literary series to discuss different aspects of Black identity. Black people fit into a multitude of categories and labels and this series is meant to create a dialog of understanding. Black people are not just Black, but ‘Black&’ something else.

Our topic will discuss what it means to move in the world as Black and a Woman Attendees will read article snippets about the Black Woman experience and have an open dialog. The goal is to leave with a better understanding of the intersectionality of Black and Woman identities and resources for further education.

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March 13–19, 2022

Savings & Investments for Women | March 16, 2022, 12–1:30 p.m. ET

Women face different considerations when thinking about saving and investing. Learn what these considerations are and how to address them so that you can save for retirement and build a portfolio.

Join Suzanne McGovern from the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Maggie Boys, Communications Associate from WISER ( Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement) for a discussion of the unique financial challenges that women face and an introduction to some tools to help women on their financial journey.

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March 20–26, 2022

Black Feminist Futures Series: Black Women Organizing for the Future | March 24, 2022, 9:00–10:30 a.m. PDT

Join us for Black Women Organizing for the Future, a virtual conversation on Black women’s organizing through art, freedom dreaming, and collective politics to fundamentally transform the lives of all people, but especially the lives of Black women and MaGes (marginalized genders). The program features activist and artivists Ziggy, Dacia Polk, Schetaunna Powell, Zaika Dos Santos, and Queen Kukuyu, and will be moderated by LaWana Richmond​.

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Providing Healing & Promoting Hope with Dr. Nikki Giovanni | March 24, 2022, 4:00–5:00 p.m. PDT

Providing Healing & Promoting Hope with Dr. Nikki Giovanni

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host world known poet, educator and author, Dr. Nikki Giovanni, for the Women’s History Month Keynote Lecture on the annual theme of providing healing and promoting hope. Dr. Giovanni is one of this country’s most widely read poets and one of America’s most renowned poets world-wide. Giovanni has received numerous awards in the course of her career, including seven Image Awards from the N.A.A.C.P., more than two-dozen honorary degrees, the first Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, the Langston Hughes Medal for Poetry, and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award; additionally, Oprah Winfrey recognized her in 2005 as one of twenty-five “Living Legends.” She continues to teach, write, and publish books, the most recent of which is “A Good Cry.” Her newest collection, “Make Me Rain,” was released in October of 2020. This Women’s History Month Lecture Keynote will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 6pm on Zoom.

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March 27–April 2, 2022

Empowering Women-Owned Small Businesses | March 28, 2022, 1 – 2 p.m. ET

This program celebrates women-owned businesses! It will be run by Ms. Man-Li Lin, a representative of the Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office. She will chat with a successful woman entrepreneur who is currently taking one of the SBA’s programs.

Also, in this webinar you will discover free programs and assistance for women-owned businesses, and find out about two important certifications for government contracting: the Women-Owned Small Business Certification and the Economic Disadvantaged, Women-Owned Small Business Certification. The Government is the largest contractor and if you’d like to sell to the government, once you have your certification you have a foot in the door.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Great Americans” Medal Posthumous Presentation | March 30, 2022, 6:30 p.m. ET

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recognized for her groundbreaking commitment to gender equity and human rights, will posthumously receive the National Museum of American History’s signature honor, the “Great Americans” medal. Her children, Jane C. Ginsburg and James S. Ginsburg will accept the medal on their mother’s behalf. A significant selection of artifacts representing the justice’s Supreme Court career will be donated by her family during the virtual ceremony.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Increasing the Representation of Women in STEM | March 31, 2022, 1:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Did you know that only 19% of biographies on Wikipedia are about women and only 10% of Wikipedia’s editors identify as women? In celebration of Smithsonian’s Women’s Futures Month, help improve the uneven representation of women in STEM and the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia entries during this Wikipedia edit-a-thon. At this edit-a-thon, attendees of all experience levels collaborate to learn how to edit Wikipedia together by updating articles related to women in STEM from the #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit, a collection of 120 statues of women in STEM. Rese Cloyd, Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology at AAAS, sets the stage by highlighting the importance of representation of women in STEM.

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For the Young Feminists in Your Life

Virtual Women’s History Bingo | March 8, 2022, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us! Play bingo and meet women who changed the world. Is there a woman in your life who inspires you? Print out or play along from your digital bingo card as we meet some amazing women from history! Win a round (or take out a book about an influential woman) and next time you’re at the library we’ll send you home with a prize! Open to ages 6-12, accompanied by a caregiver. This is an online program- please register in advance.

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Making Moves: Celebrating Black & Native Women and Girls in Skateboarding | March 11, 2022, 11:00- 11:30 a.m. EDT

Join the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian as they explore the innovative roles of Black and Native women and girls in the world of skateboarding. Then, children will design skateboard art to express their unique identity.

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Virtual Storytime: Famous Women of History: Activists | March 11, 2022, 2 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Join the New York Public Library for a read aloud of books about inspirational women activists. For children ages 4-6.

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Women’s History Month : Brave Girls Storytime: Bad Hair Does Not Exist | March 16, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. PDT

Women's History Month : Brave Girls Storytime: Bad Hair Does Not Exist

Join the National Women’s History Museum and author Sulma Arzu-Brown as she reads her 2015 children’s book Bad Hair Does Not Exist in both English AND Spanish on Brave Girls Virtual Storytime! Sulma will answer questions live from the audience afterwards.

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Up, Up, and Away with the Stinson Sisters | March 16, 2022, 11:00- 11:30 a.m. EDT

Meet the Stinson Sisters! Join educators from the National Portrait Gallery and the National Air and Space Museum to find out about these pioneering pilots. Then, get your first flying lessons when you learn how to control an airplane, just like students at the Stinsons’ aviation school.

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Patterns and Lines: the Colorful World of Alma Thomas | March 21, 2022, 11:00- 11:45 a.m. EDT

Find inspiration right outside your window! Join the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Postal Museum for a virtual family program about the transformative artist Alma Thomas (1891-1978). She is best known for her use of color and repetitive shapes that form patterns sometimes called “Alma’s stripes.” Together, we will learn about Thomas’ life and work, and make our own art inspired by her process. We will be joined by author Jeanne Walker Harvey for a read-aloud of her new children’s book on Alma Thomas, Ablaze with Color.

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