HERstory: Past, Present, Future - The Library Celebrates Women's History Month with more than 100 Programs

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 26, 2019
Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org


 HERstory: Past, Present, Future

The Library celebrates Women’s History Month with more than 100 programs  



SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In March, the Library presents HERstory, our celebration of Women’s History Month, honoring and acknowledging the contributions of women and the unique experience of being female today. The Library frequently champions women as writers, artists, and intellects, and, now with the re-energizing of the women’s movement, is offering a month-long celebration of women through a diverse array of lectures, films, performances and programs for all ages at every library location.

During HERstory, the public is invited to attend a discussion on the perceptions of women as decision makers; get sexually healthy with Good Vibrations; discuss women rockers of the ‘60s and ‘70s; discover women who tackle big wave surfing; learn about the iconic MaestraPeace mural; hear from local woman entrepreneurs; learn to soul line dance with their neighbors; and much more.

HERstory offerings are just as inspiring for family audiences. Youth can learn about textiles’ role in women’s history through an embroidery class; experience a rollicking music concert featuring songs about American women; rock out to Pip Squeak A Go Go with the Devil-Ettes; hear inspiring stories of little known brave women in history; and meet the authors of the forthcoming Fighting for Justice book for young readers, Biddy Mason Speaks Up. Teens and tweens can create paintings inspired by female artists; experience the science behind the chocolate chip cookie; and tech out with the Exploratorium and Jie Qi LED crafts.


In addition, the Library presents Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman an exhibition in the Main Library of original drawings, prints and ephemera of artist and writer, Robbin Légère Henderson. She illustrates the memoir of her grandmother Matilda Rabinowitz, an early 20th century Russian immigrant, activist and independent woman. Rabinowitz left a fascinating memoir of immigration, child labor, political awakening, ardent participation in historic political movements and embrace of early feminist ideals. Programs on immigrant women and labor organizing complement the exhibit.


For details on the more than 100 programs happening in March, view the HERstory program guide, richly illustrated with drawings by Miriam Klein Stahl.  Stahl and author Kate Schatz are the awe-inspiring women behind the New York Times best-selling books Rad American Women A to ZRad Women Worldwide and Rad Girls Can. They will be speaking on March 21 at the Public Knowledge Branch at SFMOMA.


And of course, we wouldn’t be a library, without books. Our librarians have curated HERstory booklists for Women’s History Month. Check out recent feminist fiction, women and immigrants in the labor movement, and HERstory books for children and teens.


With HERstory, we invite everyone—female, male, and non-binary—to join us in celebration of women leaders, inventors, artists, mothers, daughters, sisters, and human beings, and to enjoy the many performances and participatory women-led and focused events.  


All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. HERstory programs are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. More information, including the program guide is available at sfpl.org/HERstory.

HERstory highlights:

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman– Through May 19, Main Library, Skylight Gallery

Mia: A Dancer’s Journey – March 2, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Artist Talk with Mary Dignan – March 2, Main Library, Learning Studio

 Pip Squeak A Go Go with the Devil-Ettes – March 2, Presidio Branch Library

Sex Positivity/Positive Sexuality with Good Vibrations – March 2, Golden Gate Valley Branch Library

Women Poets in Conversation – March 5, Park Branch Library

Weaving Around the World – March 6, Ocean View Branch Library

Paint like a Woman! – March 10, Main Library, The Mix

SheChange Slideshow &Lecture – March 13, 6:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

Biddy Mason Speaks Up with authors Arisa White and Laura Atkins – March 13, West Portal Branch Library

Immigrant Women and Labor Organizing in California: a World War I Snapshot – March 14, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Famous Women Quiz – March 14, Ingleside Branch Library

Daughters of the Enlightenment – March 14, Golden Gate Valley Branch Library

Psych, Soul and Punk: Women inBay Area Rock, the 1960s and 1970s –March 15, Main Library, Koret Auditorium and March 20, North Beach Branch Library

What Are They Thinking? Perceptions of Women as Decision Makers and How to Promote More Women in Power – March 20, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Holding up the Sky! CelebratingCalifornia Women and their Fight for Civil Rights – March 20, Bernal Heights Branch Library

Rad Women Live at SFMOMA – March 21, SFMOMA Public Knowledge Branch

MaestraPeace Mural at the Women's BuildingMarch 23, Mission Branch Library

Chocolate Platinum Soul Line Dance Explosion – March 23, 3 p.m., Portola and March 31, 2 p.m., Western Addition

HERstory: Bay Area Female Entrepreneurs – March 26, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

An Evening with Mary Jo McConahay of The Tango War – March 27, Noe Valley Branch Library

Chocolate Chip Cookies – March 27, Ingleside Branch Library

American Association of University Women: Work Smart – March 27, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

First Ladies and Women's RightsMarch 27, Merced Branch Library

February 26, 2019