Women’s History Month can be traced back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. But it wasn’t until 1978, when a school district in Sonoma, California got the ball rolling by participating in a Women’s History Week program. The following year, a conference about women’s history was held at Sarah Lawrence College, with co-sponsors, Women’s Action Alliance, and the Smithsonian Institution. Finally in February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. It has become a month-long event, highlighting the contributions of women in history and society today. Here are 10 ways to celebrate the occasion, ranging from art to activism.
10. Future is Goddess at Pen + Brush
Artist Michelle Martello. Image via Pen + Brush
Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in literature and visual arts for more than 122 years. On exhibit this month is a solo show by Italian born artist Michelle Martello. Future is Goddess: Michela Martello Solo Show is a site-specific graffiti mural, featuring three goddesses that represent a mix of cultural backgrounds. The piece is created on the gallery wall, where viewers are invited to interact with the artwork by tagging. Martello’s title explores her vision of the phrase “Future is Female,” suggesting the rise in feminine power in response to our current political and social climate. Future is Goddess will be on view until April, 22, 2017 at Pen + Brush, 29 East 22nd Street, in the Flatiron District.