Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Celebrate women’s history at the Library with book clubs, author talks, chess clubs, films and craft programs for all ages.

Kick off the month with the Women’s National Book Associa­tion’s 50th anniversary honoring San Francisco’s pioneering Children’s Service Coordinator, the late Effie Lee Morris, and her legacy of work. Partake in a discussion at Sunset with the authors of California Women and Politics: from the Gold Rush to the Great Depression, and head over to Ingleside for a Women Who Shaped the World trivia night. Merced presents an overview of U.S. First Ladies and their relationship to women’s rights, and the Main invites you to join Ladies Knight chess club for women led by chess champion Lauren Goodkind.

Look no further than the Library for an eclectic line up of females in film. Shutout! chronicles the exclusion of women from baseball, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers. Anza screens the 1994 Academy Award winner Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Western Addition shows Suffragette, highlighting the women who fought for equality in early 20th century Britain, and Visitacion Valley airs documentaries Making Space and Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun. Visit Potrero to see The Mighty Macs, the story of a struggling women’s basketball team, and view the award-winning Hidden Figures at Eureka Valley.

Art programs include a painting workshop at Western Addition utilizing the styles of famous female artists, and a “rad women” portrait drawing class at Portola, taking inspiration from the books Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide. Create magnets and buttons using your images or our stock of famous women heroes at Potrero and Bernal, and contribute to Visitacion Valley’s Women’s History Month Display with a coloring sheet of celebrated dames.

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