Celebrate Women's History Month this March in Philadelphia with special events, exhibitions and visits to year-round attractions, like the Betsy Ross House. (Photo by E. Savaria for Historic Philadelphia)
March is the month for honoring the legacy of history’s most incredible women, and it’s easy to join in the celebration in Philadelphia.
With International Women’s Day approaching on Saturday, March 8, now is the time to mark Women’s History Month in the City of Brotherly Love by checking out everything from one-night-only special events to year-round female-focused attractions.
Check out our picks for Women’s History Month happenings in Philadelphia, below.
• National Constitution Center: For the entire month of March, the National Constitution Center celebrates the women who helped make America what it is today. Every day of the month, guests are invited to explore the world of women’s history along with the National Constitution Center’s regular offerings. Women’s History Month-specific programming at the Constitution Center includes the twice daily interactive show Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage as well as a self-guided tour covering important moments in women’s history exhibited in the museum.
• Betsy Ross House: No tour of Philadelphia women’s history would be complete without a visit to the Betsy Ross House, historic home of the nation’s best-known seamstress. While some historians debate Betsy Ross’ role in making the first American flag, her former home and burial site is among the region’s most popular attractions. Visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to tour the house and see special exhibitions and more. In honor of Women’s History Month, author Diane Jacobs visits the house to talk about her new book, Dear Abigail, on Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.
• Marian Anderson House: The 19th-century Marian Anderson House at 762 S. Marian Anderson Way (or South Martin Street) was declared an historic property in 2004, roughly 11 years after the death of the owner of the house, America’s greatest contralto singer of the 20th century. Call ahead at 215-732-9505 to take a tour during Women’s History Month.
• Philadelphia Flower Show Girls Night Out: Girls, gather round. After hours at the Flower Show means theme nights, and Girls Night Out returns March 6 for another year of girly good times. Philadelphia Style magazine presents the ladies’ night with a VIP party featuring shopping, food, wine and special demonstrations. Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the Flower Show, a premium gift and a free cocktail.
• Stenton: Visit Stenton, one of the best-preserved historic houses in the Philadelphia area, for a discussion of women’s roles in the preservation of local architecture. On Saturday, March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m., Stenton offers the talk Progressive Preservation: Chew, Starr & Gillespie Preservation Stories of Women in the 19th Century, A Roundtable Discussion, which is free and open to the public.
• Laurel Hill Cemetery: High above the Schuylkill River, Laurel Hill Cemetery is home to the final resting places of a slew of famous folks from Revolutionary times to the late-20th century. On Sunday, March 23, remember the famous ladies of Laurel Hill with a walk through the second-oldest portion of the cemetery on a tour discussing the notable women buried in South Laurel Hill Cemetery. The one-day-only tour begins at 1 p.m. and is $12 per person.
• The 5,000 Women Festival: Created by playwright and comedienne Jennifer Blaine, a feminine creative force, the 5,000 Women Festival debuts in Philadelphia this month on Saturday, March 29. A showcase of diverse female artists in honor of Women’s History Month, Blaine takes the stage with dancers, comediennes, performance artists, poets and more in a one-night-only event that aims to inspire. The evening of performance hits The Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square at 8 p.m. and tickets, $20, are available online.