Celebrate Women’s History in March 

In March we celebrate Women’s History Month, honoring the achievements of women. Our 2022 theme is Women Overcoming Hardships and Breaking Boundaries.

Join us for our featured event, Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act & the War on Women’s Choice: History, Policy and Practice. This panel discussion with leading experts and lawmakers will focus on the Reproductive Health Act passed in Illinois in 2019 (775 ILCS) 5, which protects safe and legal abortions for women even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Women’s History Center. This event will be online at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

Events 

Attend thought-provoking events for all ages throughout March. Highlights include:

Art and Crafts 

Create a Scratchboard Etching
1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, South Shore Branch
1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Avalon Branch
Use women's works in the visual and performing arts for inspiration and produce scratchboard etchings. Presenter Anayansi Ricketts has created art all her life. She loves to explore various mediums and connect people to their righteous creative selves. 

Watercolor Poetry: A Journey Through Intentional Emotional Power
1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, online
This workshop presented by artist and healer Elizabeth Tuckwell will be an opportunity to advance emotional vocabulary and take back ownership of our feelings. Using the power of emotion, you will complete inspired painting and writing exercises to enhance creativity.

Book Discussions 

Adult Book Discussion: Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter's Love Story in Black and White by Kitt Shapiro and Patricia Weiss Levy
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, online
Join the Kelly branch in a lively discussion of this luminous and inspiring portrait of Eartha Kitt by her daughter Kitt. 

Adult Book Discussion: The Genius of Women by Janice Kaplan
1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, online
The Mount Greenwood branch will hold an online discussion of The Genius of Women, in which journalist Janice Kaplan explores women geniuses throughout history and sets out to discover why their work has so often been overlooked. 

Adult Book Discussion: The Barbizon by Paulina Bren
6 p.m. Monday, March 14, online
The Oriole Park branch will host this discussion of The Barbizon which tells the story of New York's most glamorous women-only hotel, and the women-both famous and ordinary-who passed through its doors.

Film Screenings

Film Screening: The Hate U Give (2019)
2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Coleman Branch
Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she has to make a decision.

Film Screening: What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)
5 p.m. Monday, March 14, Avalon Branch
This biographical film is centered around singer Tina Turner's musical success and personal failures. Turner pursues and soon rises in the ranks as a famous performer, but behind closed doors she has to deal with an abusive husband and chaotic life.

Documentary Screening: Knock Down the House (2019)
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, West Englewood Branch
This 2019 documentary takes us through the primary election campaigns of four progressive Democrat women candidates, including current Congress people Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush.

Film Screening: Hidden Figures (2016)
2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, Coleman Branch
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.

Healthcare

Access to Care: The Parallel Politics of Abortion & Transgender Hormone Therapy
12 p.m. Friday, March 25, online

Teens/Tweens

Women’s Wonderland: A Virtual Experience
4 p.m. Monday, March 14, online
Test your knowledge with this interactive trivia game about women from various countries as well as their influences in art, literature, fashion, music and education.

Workshops 

Meet and Chat with Literary Multitasker La Sheera Lee
2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, online
Are you interested in learning how to multitask successfully in the literary field? If so, register for this awesome workshop! La Sheera Lee will discuss how she expertly manages multiple facets of the book world.

Exhibit

Drawing Progress: Chicago Newspaper Cartoons and Illinois Women’s Suffrage is on display March 1-31 at Sulzer Regional Library. In 1913, Illinois was the first state east of the Mississippi to grant women the right to vote. This display features political cartoons from the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Tribune that reflect changing public sentiment in the era of women’s suffrage.

Recommended Reading 

Women Overcoming Hardships and Breaking Boundaries: Books for Kids
Women Overcoming Hardships and Breaking Boundaries: Books for Teens
Women Overcoming Hardships and Breaking Boundaries: Books for Adults
Women's History: Recent Highlights for Adults