(Image via University of Cincinnati, African American Cultural Resource Center (AACRC)
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? With an act of Congress in 1987, the United States began an annual recognition of women’s many contributions to every aspect of our society, from science, technology and business, to learning, law, the arts and much more.
March was chosen for our country’s celebration of women’s achievements in part to coincide with International Women’s Day — March 8 — which more than a dozen states had already passed legislation to officially recognize by the time of the 100th Congress’s action.
A senior living in Cincinnati can recognize Women’s History Month in innumerable ways. Here are several of our suggestions for things you can do.
PLAY: Our Foremothers: Making History Herstory!
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati 45202
Thursday, March 16, 6-9 p.m.
Women have always contributed in impactful ways, but their efforts are often undervalued or obscured in male-dominated cultures. This show, by playwright Christopher Miller, examines the lives of some of the trailblazing women who have played lesser-known, but highly significant roles in our history.
This show is open to the general public; click here to learn more and reserve your seat. A door donation is suggested, but not required, at admittance.
ART SHOW: Old Modern: Portraits of the Women of Modernism in Old Age
UC Clermont College, Park National Bank Art Gallery, Snyder Building
4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, OH 45103
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until March 28
This exhibition celebrates gender and age diversity! In it, Kim Rae Taylor, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at UC Clermont, documents the elderly visages of women who, the early 20th century, helped shape literary and visual modernism. In their faces is a reminder of the power of women’s creativity at any age.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact UC Clermont College at 513-558-1215.
DISCUSSION PANEL: “Women, Migration and Protest”
University of Cincinnati, African American Cultural Resource Center (AACRC)
60 West Charlton Street, Cincinnati 45221
Wednesday, March 22, noon
This lunch-and-learn event, sponsored by the AACRC and the UC Women’s Center, will explore women’s roles in large-scale migrations and protects caused by sociopolitical movements and humanitarian crises.
Panelists will discuss structures that force women to migrate or prevent them from settling, and touch on the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the Syrian refugee crisis, and current political debate surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in our own nation.
The discussion is open to the public; RSVP is requested, if you plan to attend. For more information, or to reserve your seat, click here and contact the event coordinator.
Visit Cincinnati murals that recognize prominent women
Indeed, the successful municipal mural project that has worked so hard over the past two decades to create beautiful, thought-provoking points about town, was itself a woman’s brainchild — that of ArtWorks CEO and artist Director Tamara Harkavy.
Three of those we’d specifically call your attention to: the Elizabeth Nourse mural downtown at 8th and Walnut, the Rosemary Clooney mural at 1606 Pleasant St. in Over-the-Rhine, and the Annie Oakley mural on Madison Road, in the Cincinnati neighborhood from which she took her famous stage name.
Or, one might take a trip to Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood, to view world-renowned artist Shepard Fairey’s mural of Burmese democracy and human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi. This mural is located at 4101 Hamilton Ave., at the corner of Hamilton and Vandalia.
There are plenty of other ways seniors can celebrate Women’s History Month in Cincinnati.
These are just a few suggestions. Patronize women-owned businesses. Volunteer with the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. Or, search the Internet to find other Women’s History Month events of interest to you.
If you’re a senior living in Cincinnati, take some time to learn about and acknowledge women’s oft-overlooked contributions to our world.