Celebrate Women’s History Month With CPL

Join Chicago Public Library as we celebrate Women's History Month. Throughout the month of March, CPL will offer empowering events to highlight the contributions of women to the American fabric through art and experience.


See event highlights below and view all Women's History Month events.


Artemis Singers Performance
2 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16
Sulzer Regional Library

Artemis Singers is a self-directed, lesbian feminist chorus. They only perform music written or arranged by women. Their musical selections seek to uplift, move, and motivate while educating and entertaining the audience.  

Firsthand Homeless: Conversations on Women and Homelessness
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18
Austin Branch

Join us for an in-person thought-provoking documentary film series event addressing the intersection of women, gender-based violence, and homelessness. Engage in a meaningful discussion with expert speakers during the panel session, exploring the complex issues highlighted in the FIRSTHAND: Homeless Series. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and contribute to the conversation on vital societal challenges.

Zine Workshop and Open Mic with Girls Rock! Chicago
1 - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23
Chinatown Branch

Girls Rock! Chicago hosts a zine workshop and open mic. Come prepared to celebrate women/trans folks in history through a zine workshop and then hear Chicago's rising performers and maybe even sign up for your own opportunity to rock out at this inspiring event.

Poetry Open Mic Night
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25
Legler Regional Library

Join us to share your poetry, writing or spoken word art in a safe and supportive setting. Spoken word artist and self-published author Audacious Don will kick off the night with a performance of her work.

Magic for Everyone by Magic in Heels
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 30
Budlong Woods Branch

In this workshop, you will learn about the women in magic history who have influenced modern day magic, you'll learn a trick that you can do at home, at a party with their friends, etc. All materials will be provided.

Arts and Crafts

Women's Wonderland: A Celebration!
4 - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5
Woodson Regional Library

Origami Tulips for International Women's Day
6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5
Richard M. Daley-W Humboldt Branch

Embroidery Workshop with Connie Toebe
12 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9
Harold Washington Library Center

Pointalistic Drawing: An Exploration
2 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23
Harold Washington Library Center

Book Clubs

Adult Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
1 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2
Avalon Branch

Adult Book Discussion: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14
Hegewisch Branch

Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass
6 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch

Film Screenings

Film Screening: Women Talking (2022)
1:30 - 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 10
King Branch

Monday Matinee: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
2 - 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25
Edgewater Branch

Film Screening: Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30
Portage-Cragin Branch

Recommended Reading

Women's History Month 2024: Books for Kids
Women's History Month 2024: Books for Teens
Women’s History Month 2024: Books for Adults
Women's History: Recent Highlights (March 2024)

Recommended Online Resource

Chronicling America: Golden Flyer Suffragettes
This guide provides access to materials related to the Golden Flyer Suffragettes, two women who set up in April 1916 on a five month, cross-continent journey for women's right to vote.