Celebrate Women’s History Month with CPL

Celebrate Women's History Month this March with Chicago Public Library. We're exploring the theme of entrepreneurial women in the workforce through lectures, book discussions, film screenings, workshops and more.


Featured Events

  • Bending Without Breaking: Resilience Training: Learn how to deal with all kinds of stress in a healthy and productive way through exercises taught by instructor Lindsay Coulter. At Independence Branch.
  • Borrow an Entrepreneur: Ever wish to be your own boss? Meet Christen Carter (owner and president of Busy Beaver Button Company) and Rebecca Wu (self-published children's author), who will be available to share their experience and knowledge in a one-on-one setting. At Brighton Park Branch and Harold Washington Library Center.
  • Design Your Dream Job Desk Nameplate: Plan for your dream job or celebrate your current one by creating a desk nameplate with the laser cutter in the Maker Lab. At Harold Washington Library Center.
  • Documenting Era Bell Thompson: Intrepid Adventurer: Harsh Research Collection archivist Beverly Cook gives a presentation on Chicago native Era Bell Thompson, an author, pioneering photojournalist for Ebony and international editor for Johnson Publishing Company. At Blackstone and West Chicago Avenue branches.
  • When You Do the Work: Create a vision board in a supportive atmosphere and learn to be more mindful in creating future goals. At Chicago Bee and Lozano branches.
  • Women's Money Smart events: Get your financial house in order with two events to learn steps you can take to better your finances now and to plan for the future. At Harold Washington Library Center.

Film Screenings

  • Amelia: Hilary Swank plays aviator Amelia Earhart in this biopic. At Harold Washington Library Center.
  • Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador): This documentary explores the rigid gender roles surrounding the Spanish matador. The film profiles two female matadors (Mari Paz Vega and Eva Florencia) who broke gender barriers to become professional bullfighters in a traditionally male-dominated sport. In Spanish with English subtitles. At Humboldt Park, Jeffery Manor, Little Village and Richard M. Daley branches.
  • Hidden Figures: Based on a true story, this movie highlights a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of NASA's greatest operations: calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit and guaranteeing his safe return. At Harold Washington Library Center.


Women Unity and Strength: A Community Art Project: Artist Antonia Ruppert shares her journey as an artist, then leads participants of all ages in creating an original work of art that will remain at North Austin Branch.

See a complete list of Women's History Month events.

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