March is Women’s History Month, bringing a month’s worth of events celebrating and honoring the contributions of women in Philadelphia.
To help close out the month, The Electric Lady Series will feature five happenings from Tuesday, March 21 until Sunday, March 26, inviting women (and men) from all walks of life to network, learn and party together.
Created by a group of like-minded women, including Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Sofiya Ballin, The Electric Lady Series takes its name from a song by Janelle Monae called Electric Lady that encourages women to be themselves and to be leaders. Philadelphia’s first Electric Lady Series promises a week of diverse, feminist events.
I Am Woman
The Electric Lady Series kicks off with an event called I Am Woman. Join local activists, writers and educators as they discuss intersectional feminism and how to be an ally in activism. The panel will be moderated by feminist and writer Lara Witt, whose work has appeared in publications including Teen Vogue and Newsworks. Seating is limited, so a prompt RSVP is recommended.
I Am Woman
Held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, F.U.B.U. (which stands for “For Us By Us”) features a diverse panel of women entrepreneurs discussing their career challenges and triumphs, offering a chance to learn from and network with female professionals. Featured panelists are Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Carol Wong of Chinatown Learning Center, Audra Anusionwu of BeautiFitStrong, Yasmine Mustafa of ROAR for Good and Ariell Johnson of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
Inspired by a '90s Queen Latifah track that calls on women to stand up and stand together, U.N.I.T.Y. is an all-woman art showcase featuring pieces inspired by the song. With music spun by THEakasha, the event features artists and works from all disciplines. They include “yarnbomber” IshKnits, body painter Nebulus Flair, visual artist Ameerah K. Art, Dancers Shanel Edwards and Bea Martin, the women of BABEL, Temple University’s poetry collective, LMD Dance Group, singer Noel Scales and more. The evening will also feature treats from The Sweet Life Bake Shop and drinks provided by Sparkling Ice.
Get ready to turn up at The Electric Lady Series night party event Freakum Dress, inspired by the Beyonce tune of the same name. Partiers are encouraged to put on whatever they feel sexiest in and groove to music by women artists like Young M.A., Rihanna, Dej Loaf, Cardi B, Beyonce and more.
Cranes In The Sky
The Electric Lady Series concludes with a wellness event inspired by Solange’s coming-of-age track “Cranes in the Sky.” Hosted by Yogetree, the event is the sole women-only space in the event series. It invites women to indulge in self-care through yoga, journaling and mediation.