Library After Hours: Icons of Women's History
Fri, Mar 31 | 7 PM | Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
In honor of Women's History Month, celebrate the icons and trailblazers who paved the way for women today at Library After Hours, the city's most cerebral happy hour. Join us for music, snacks and drinks, performances, and behind-the-scenes access to the Library's collections. Don't miss out—register now!
Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested cost of admission of $15. All proceeds support the Library.
Jane and Anna Maria Porter: The Most Famous Novelists You’ve Never Read
Get to know the brilliant, self-made single women who were famous on both sides of the Atlantic and counted among their fans at least one queen and a president. Devoney Looser discusses her new biography of Jane and Anna Maria Porter, and actors will read a selection of the sisters' inimitable correspondence.
Patriarchy Smasher: Angela Saini
Join award-winning science journalist Angela Saini as she explores the roots of what we call patriarchy, uncovering a complex history of how it first became embedded in societies and spread across the globe from prehistory into the present.
Meredith Broussard: Bias Is More than a Glitch
Join us as Meredith Broussard, data scientist and one of the few Black female researchers in artificial intelligence, reveals the biases hard-coded into today's facial recognition algorithms encouraging discriminatory lending, and the dangers of medical diagnostic algorithms trained on insufficiently diverse data.
More Events for All Ages
Come to the Library to celebrate Women's History Month throughout March with a range of events and programs for all ages. From author talks and film screenings to arts and crafts, storytimes, and more.
New! The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers
Through August 19 | Library for the Performing Arts
Join The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in celebrating the long and colorful career of costume designer Willa Kim in her first-ever major retrospective exhibition, featuring an assortment of designs and costumes from her long and prolific career, including work from productions like Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Will Rogers Follies, and her final Broadway show, Victor/Victoria starring Julie Andrews.
Online Now! Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind
Uncover the real Virginia Woolf through intimate diary entries, unpublished letters, and more in the first major exhibition of her work at the Library in 30 years. Taken from NYPL's world-leading collection of her writings, highlights of the exhibition span her lifetime, including photographs from her youth, drafts of Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, and her last diary entry from 1941. Use our free audio guide to hear new readings from her work—plus, listen to conversations between authors Francesca Wade and Brandon Taylor about her life and legacy on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app.
Women’s History Month at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Women’s History Month at the Library for the Performing Arts
- Anna May Wong: A Look at Her Career As She Graces the New Quarter
- Exploring the Gilda Navarra Archives at the Library for the Performing Arts
- Feeling The Movement in the Dance Films of Marian Van Tuyl
- Remembering Angela Lansbury, Icon of Stage and Screen
- Women Producers on Broadway in the Late 20th Century
31 Days of Women's History: From the Collections
Find out how you can use the Library's Digital Collections, research guides, blog posts, events, and more to delve deeper into women's history.
Telling Our Stories, Shaping Our World: Books to Celebrate Women Storytellers
If the stories we tell become our culture and our history, then it matters who is telling the stories. It hasn't always been easy to be heard, but women storytellers—novelists, poets, journalists, actors, photographers—have found ways to reframe our understanding of the past and give voice to their lived experiences to shape the future.
Recommended Reading for Kids
Foreword: Women Who Built NYPL
Learn about some of the extraordinary women from the Library’s history of over 125 years who have changed NYPL—and the fields of librarianship and curatorship— forever. This year, we're including Roberta Saltzman, the former Assistant Chief of the Dorot Jewish Division who developed our collection of Jewish cookbooks.
Treasures: Women Who Tell Our Stories
Explore items in the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures that showcase women storytellers in many forms, from arts and media to advocacy with our new guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. The women featured include writers, performers, photographers, illustrators, designers, and civil rights campaigners who entertained, inspired, and made history by utilizing their talents and sharing their experiences.
Explore the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures
Listen to Paloma Celis Carbajal, Curator of Latin America, Iberian, and U.S. Latino Collections, discussing Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, whose Segundo Volumen is on view, and other women writers represented in the exhibit, such as African American poet Phillis Wheatley.
NYPL’s Essential Reads on Feminism
In 2020, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Library created Essential Reads on Feminism book lists, featuring titles that trace the history of feminism and the suffrage movement, its impact on the complex push for gender equality, and the issues and challenges that many women face today.
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