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Your Comprehensive Guide to the Best NYC Events for Women’s History Month

Load up on girl power this month. (And, really, every month.)

Photo by Mindy Tucker/Courtesy of Jenny Gorelick

Although I’m more than ready to make the case that Women’s History Month should be every month of the year, here are ideas for making the most of March. Much like what the fairer sex has accomplished over the centuries, these events illustrate the eclectic range of talents ladies—from the past and present—have brought to the ever-expanding table.

Cocktail Wednesday With NanaWednesdays starting March 6

Newly launched at 1920s-style cocktail haunt Bar Moga, Cocktail Wednesday is a casual weekly cocktail-focused series showcasing Japanese spirits and ingredients your taste buds rarely encounter. Leading you through your journey is Japanese beverage expert Nana Shimosegawa, who previously worked as the first female bartender at the pioneering hideaway Angel’s Share. Bar Moga, 128 West Houston Street (at Sullivan Street), Greenwich Village; 5–8 p.m.

Ladies First: A Dance Party Celebrating Badass Women of Music, March 8

What better way to mark International Women’s Day than to drop it low on the dance floor? Hosted by the Hot Sardines frontwoman Miz Elizabeth, this party celebrates the music of the most iconic female musicians of our time: Tina Turner, Missy Elliott, Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Pink, and—of course—Queen B (to name just a few). Get in formation, because 100 percent of the night’s proceeds support Planned Parenthood’s countless initiatives. Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street, Gowanus; 10:30 p.m.; $10

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#IAmWoman, March 9

Climbing isn’t just a man’s sport. Brooklyn Boulders has teamed up with the Movemeant Foundation to host an event celebrating the strength and perseverance of female athletes. Freestyle bouldering, pop-up self-defense and barre sessions, empowerment workshops, and short film screenings are on the docket, while female-identifying and nonbinary businesses will be promoting their goods in Vendor Village. Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge, 23-10 41st Avenue, Long Island City; 2–8 p.m.; $15–$40

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Her-icane: All Female-Identifying Stand-Up Comedy for Disaster Relief, March 9

Chuckle for a good cause inside Union Hall’s subterranean event space. Hosted by comedians Kate Villa and Jenny Gorelick, the femme-forward stand-up showcase highlights up-and-coming talents in support of disaster relief. (Tonight’s proceeds benefit the California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund.) If you happen to miss out on tonight’s stint, you’re in luck; the laugh storm happens every month! Union Hall, 702 Union Street, Gowanus; 10 p.m.; $8 advance, $10 day of show

Art, Humanity & Action Presents: Vote Mama, March 11

Activist podcast Art, Humanity & Action hosts the city’s leading storytellers—including alums from The Moth, Risk!, Comedy Central, and Hot Mic With Dan Savage—telling their sordid tales of motherhood. The evening’s proceeds support Vote Mama, a new initiative aiming to increase representation of moms with young children in every level of government. After hearing their stories, you won’t want to mess with these badass mamas. Caveat, 21A Clinton Street (between East Houston and Stanton Streets), Lower East Side; 7 p.m.; $25–$40

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Photo by Nicole Ferraro/Courtesy of Art, Humanity & Action
WOW: Women of the World Festival, March 12–17

When it comes to celebrating women’s many talents, the Apollo goes all out. The legendary Harlem theater hosts nine events over the span of six days, from cooking workshops and teen summits to feminist-focused panels and evenings with musical maestros like crooner Alice Smith and retro-futuristic voice percussionist Butterscotch. As multidisciplinary as this festival is, the one thing that connects everything is the dynamic women represented across several industries. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street (between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards), Harlem

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Angel and Dren/Courtesy of the Apollo Theater
House Party: Girls, Run the World!, March 16

Where else would Brooklyn’s most eclectic Women’s History Month party be than at the borough’s dedicated cultural living room? BRIC’s all-day, all-ages throw-down begins with hands-on art classes and ends with a childproof disco, with podcast and hip-hop workshops, Yayoi Kusama–inspired animation making, and scavenger hunts squeezed in between. BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene; noon–5 p.m.; free

Black Women’s Film Conference, March 17

Hollywood has a problem when it comes to hiring black female filmmakers, but the New Negress Film Society aims to change that. The collaborative has co-organized this inaugural conference in hopes of giving unheard voices a platform to showcase their experiences to a wider audience. Expect plenty of screenings, talk-backs, intimate roundtables, and a deeper exploration into black women’s cinema. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City; 1–9 p.m.; $13–$15

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Ladies’ Night at Roberta’s Pizza, March 19

Celebrate the prolific women behind Heritage Radio Network with—what else? a pizza party! Roberta’s doubles as the home of the foodie radio station, which is turning 10 years old this year. To mark the momentous occasion, it is throwing an epic bash with half-priced ’za, happy-hour sips, and supercool female and nonbinary dinner guests. Roberta’s, 261 Moore Street, Bushwick; 6–9 p.m.; free

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Photo by Deidre Schoo/Courtesy of Roberta’s Pizza
Deepi Ahluwalia and Stef Ferrari: A Woman’s Place, March 22

Food writers Ahluwalia and Ferrari sit down with Ovenly cofounders Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga to discuss their new nonfiction novel, a tribute to the more than 80 female food trailblazers who have flown under the radar until now. Spoiler alert: Some of them were behind the world’s first buffalo wings, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and Veuve Clicquot champagne. Cheers! Books Are Magic, 225 Smith Street, Cobble Hill; 7:30–8:30 p.m.; free

Wonderful Whimsical Women of Woodlawn, March 24

Inhabiting some of the Bronx cemetery’s 400 acres are groundbreaking women buried in modest gravesites, lavish mausoleums, and every plot in between. (International nightclub owner Ada “Bricktop” Smith, “Queen of Magic” Adelaide Herrmann, and Madam C.J. Walker—the richest self-made American women of the 19th century—are just a few of the esteemed ladies buried there.) Their significant histories, however, have often been overlooked compared to their more famous neighbors. Learn their previously untold stories during this special edition trolley tour around the grounds. Woodlawn Cemetery, Jerome and Bainbridge Avenues, Bronx; 2–4 p.m.; $20–$25

NYC Feminist Zinefest, March 31

End Women’s History Month on a literary note at this all-ages, nonbinary fest celebrating the movers and shakers of the underground DIY scene. Stock up on femme-friendly publications, totes, stickers, and pins as you get to know the 70-plus vendors partaking in the zinefest’s seventh iteration. Barnard College, 3009 Broadway (at West 116th Street), Morningside Heights; noon–6 p.m.; free  

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Photo courtesy of NYC Feminist Zinefest/Facebook

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