Celebrate Women’s History Month with CPL

Join CPL in celebrating Women's History Month in March. "A Focus on Women's Health: Physical, Mental and Financial" is the Library's theme this year. Women's health is an important topic and key to a healthy, happy and productive life. Explore women's health, history and activism with our events, reading recommendations and exhibits.

Our featured event, Inequalities in Women's Health, is presented by Dr. Judith Singleton, a medical and cultural anthropologist who combines applied anthropology and public health. While focusing on the impact of Chicago neighborhood inequalities on women's health, Dr. Singleton will talk about the health effects of food deserts, a lack of parks/green space and a lack of access to quality health care on pregnant women. This presentation features a research study examining and analyzing the relationship between life expectancy and the built environment of the pregnant mother and fetus. This program will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. 


Attend exciting events for all ages throughout March. Highlights include:

Arts and Crafts

Grab and Go Kits: Chimpanzees
Sunday, February 28 at Portage-Craigin
In honor of Women's History Month, learn about Jane Goodall, widely considered the world's leading expert on chimpanzees, while making a chimpanzee buddy of your very own.

Journaling for Self-Care and Mutual Wellbeing with ArtWorks
6 p.m. Wednesdays, March 3, 10 and 17
Explore journaling for wellbeing. These workshops are designed to offer a space of respite, where making together becomes the basis for self-care and mutual support.

Women's History Month: Virtual Quilt Along Closing Event
6 p.m. Thursday, March 25
Join our virtual quilt along for Women’s History Month! The quilt along is an opportunity to connect with people and share your quilt project experiences. 

Art and Meditation to Reclaim Personal Power
1 p.m. Saturday, March 27
Art and meditation can be tools for healing, processing and creating our lives. Presented by artist and healer Elizabeth Tuckwell, participants will be guided on a meditation paired with an artist exercise in an opportunity to access these tools directly.

Workshops for Physical Safety

Kidpower Safety Skills
1 p.m. Saturday, March 20
Join us with our friends from Kidpower via Zoom to learn and practice valuable "people safety" skills using games, role-plays and stories relevant to younger children. For kids 6 to 12 and their adults.

Personal Safety Tools Self-Defense Workshop with IMPACT Chicago
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 24
This online workshop with IMPACT Chicago provides an introduction to Empowerment Self-Defense, using presentation, chat, activities and exercises to raise participants' awareness of basic safety principles and tools.

Music and Games

Album Discussion: 500 Greatest Albums
6:30 p.m. Monday, March 1
Rolling Stone recently updated its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This month, we'll discuss some of the top women artists from the list.

Women's Wonderland: A Virtual Experience
5:30 p.m. Monday, March 8
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.

Hoopla Music Lovers Hour: "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin
6 p.m. Thursday, March 25
In honor of Women's History Month, join Pullman Branch to learn about hoopla, the library's streaming service, and show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on her birthday!

Recommended Reading

We recommend these books exploring women's health, wellness and history:


Drawing Progress: Chicago Newspaper Cartoons and Illinois Women's Suffrage is on display in Harold Washington Library Center's Popular Library from March 1 to April 30, 2021. In 1913, Illinois was the first state east of the Mississippi to grant women the right to vote. This display features historical political cartoons from the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Tribune that reflect changing public sentiment in the time of women's suffrage.

Hazel Johnson: Mother of the Environmental Justice exhibit at Woodson Regional Library. This exhibit shares the story of Chicago activist Hazel Johnson and the People for Community Recovery (PCR). Founded in 1979, PCR demanded cleanup of toxic waste surrounding the community and pressed for repair work. Johnson became a national leader in the fight for environmental change.

One Hundred Women: Collaborations Beyond the Veil may be viewed at Legler Regional Library from February 16 to March 31, 2021. Chicago artist Ginny Sykes photographed a hundred Chicago women as an homage to the hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment ratification (August 2020). The hard-fought and hard-won legislation ensured women the right to vote. The photographed women, bringing diverse perspectives due to their range of ages, races and backgrounds, are pictured in identical draped dress and pose. The exhibit consists of ten of the photographs, displayed on fabric banners. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Chicago Women's History Center.