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The Future Is Now! NYC’s Best Upcoming Feminist Events

Gloria Steinem. Astrophysicists. These badasses don’t need anyone’s permission to thrive.

Photo courtesy of RICHARD TAITTINGER GALLERY

The U.S. women’s soccer team fighting for the FIFA World Cup—and equal pay. Debbie Harry and Ali Wong releasing groundbreaking memoirs. Democratic-minded candidates seeking office nationally (and internationally). More and more strong women are taking charge of their futures, arguably more so this year than any time in recent memory. These upcoming events only further the idea that the future is, in fact, female. Hey, by the 2020s maybe the world will look a lot like this Estonian island

News Flash: The Regime Is Female

The not-too-distant future is looking bright—but only because women are taking over the world. Playwright Sarah Elizabeth Grace’s sci-fi–inspired “punk” play tackles issues dominating our everyday conversations (the patriarchy, surveillance states, generational feminism), all while throwing in plenty of badass fight scenes. Jean-Claude Van Who?! The Tank, 312 West 36th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues), Hell’s Kitchen; through Sunday, November 17

Photo by Sam Auch/Courtesy of the Tank

Nevertheless, She Existed

It’s stellar to finally see the first all-women space walk in 2019, but what about all the female astrophysicists and astronomers throughout history? The celestial nerds behind Caveat and Science Friday dedicate this monthly show’s theme to the women who have looked beyond the horizon for centuries but have been overlooked by the history books—until now. Caveat, 21A Clinton Street (between East Houston and Stanton Streets), Lower East Side; Wednesday, November 20

Photo by Mike Bryk/Courtesy of Nevertheless She Existed

Feminism (and Futurism) Was Born in Flames 

Lizzie Borden has never been one to shy away from heavy subject matter throughout her career, especially issues pertaining directly to feminism: gender discrimination, systematic oppression, capitalism. As part of its Afrofuturistic film series The Futurism Is Ours, Harlem’s Maysles Documentary Center hosts a screening of the revolutionary 1983 flick, followed by a Q&A with the prolific guerrilla filmmaker. Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard (between West 127th and 128th Streets), Harlem; Friday, November 22

Freedom and Equality Through Social Science

Gender equity. Racism. Intersectionality. Police brutality. Multitalented drummer and activist Terri Lyne Carrington, along with her Social Science bandmates, tackles a wide spectrum of social justice issues with the release of her new double album, Waiting Game. Carrington has been a regular presence in New York’s jazz scene for a long while, so expect a powerhouse performance. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets), Greenwich Village; Saturday, November 30

Photo by Delphine Diallo/Courtesy of Social Science

Looking Forward to The Year Ahead with Slate

If you’ve been living under a very heavy rock, let me be the first to tell you that we have a significant election next year. Avoid throwing yourself into a Google black hole and let this all-star, all-female lineup from Slate give you the 411 on the candidates currently running before a live viewing of the fifth Democratic debate. Extra perks: The Bell House curates a great selection of beers, and you’ll be surrounded by the right crowd loaded with all kinds of witty jabs! Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus; Wednesday, November 20

Gloria Steinem’s Truth Will Set You Free

“We keep hope alive by being together,” Steinem once said, and Upper West Siders will be doing just that at her book discussion at Symphony Space. The iconic political activist discusses her new release, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!, with civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen. P.S. Tickets are going crazy-fast for this one! Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at West 95th Street), Upper West Side; Wednesday, December 4 

Photo courtesy of Gloria Steinem/Facebook

Gazing Through “The Female Lens”

Instead of objectifying the female form, the women-identifying photographers behind “The Female Lens” choose to celebrate them. Richard Taittinger Gallery’s first group photography exhibition flips the script on the male gaze in hopes of changing the patriarchal norms dominating the media. Richard Taittinger Gallery, 154 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets), Lower East Side; through Friday, December 20

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