Women’s History Month: 10+ Local Events to Honor And Empower Women


March is Women’s History Month, and with a theme of “Women Who Advocate For Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” there’s no better reason to lift up women and recognize their contributions to our society with family or friends. Honor the women firefighters at the NJ Fire Museum in Allentown, learn about the Ladies of Liberty Hall who shaped our state in Union, or watch jazz performances and participate in a scavenger hunt during The Newark Museum of Art Community Day: Ladies First in Newark. And for more events to do in March, we have a bunch of ideas that won’t cost a dime. (featured photo credit: istock/South_agency)

(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events.)

Women’s History Month Flag Raising 
March 1 at 3:30 PM 
Come to city hall to celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month with a flag raising in Jersey City. The Jersey City Municipal Council and Office of Cultural Affairs will present the event. 
Cost: Free
280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Hoboken Public Library for Women’s History Month 
March 1-31 
There are various events happening at the Hoboken Library for Women’s History Month, from a Reading Challenge on March 5 to an Art and Lecture Workshop on March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Hoboken Women Talk Business: A Panel Discussion will also take place on March 25.  
Cost: Free  
500 Park Ave., 124 Grand Street, and 401 Harrison Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Women’s History Month at the NJ Fire Museum
March 2 at 12 PM 
The NJ Fire Museum will have an exhibit that will honor women firefighters throughout New Jersey on display.  
Cost: $5 for ages 5 and up
4 Polhemustown Road, Allentown, NJ 08501

Women’s History Pop-Up Shop
March 2 at 1 PM
Support local New Jersey women-owned businesses at a pop-up shop at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy.
Cost: Free
129 Littleton Ave., Newark, NJ 07103

Women’s History Month at Rutgers-Camden
March 5, 19 and 27 
Rutgers-Camden begins Women’s History Month with an event on March 5 called “Navigating Power and Influence: From the Margin to the State” with keynote speaker Jeannine LaRue. On March 19, Dr. Angelica Gutierrez will speak at “Moving Beyond the Imposter Phenomenon.” At last, “Diverse Women Leading With Purpose, Passion and Power” will take place on March 27. Check ahead to register for the events. 
Cost: Free  
303 Cooper St., Camden, NJ 08102

SparkNight: Women’s History Month
March 7 at 4:30 PM 
The Zimmerli Art Museum will host a night of creativity, empowerment, and inspiration. The museum will showcase the important contributions of women artists, performers, and student and community organizations. They will also highlight Zimmerli’s exhibitions Storyteller: Michelle V. Agins and The Body Implied: The Vanishing Figure in Soviet Art. 
Cost: Free
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Women in Music at Monmouth University
March 7 at 7 PM 
Blue Hawk Records will be at the 2nd annual Women in Music event to discuss navigating the industry with some of the most successful women in the field. Four panelists from music industry companies will be attending. 
Cost: Free 
Lauren K. Woods Theatre, 370 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ 07764

International Women’s Day Celebration 
March 8 at 4 PM
On International Women’s Day at the Summit Community Center, there will be yoga and meditation, healthy snacks, women’s self-defense, and “Girl Power” bracelets. Make sure to bring a photo of a woman who has inspired you. Pre-registration is required. 
Cost: Free
100 Morris Ave., Summit, NJ 07901

Community Day at The Newark Museum of Art: Ladies First 
March 9 at 12 PM 
Celebrate the contributions of women in Newark’s jazz history with performances including soulful vocal tributes and dance. There will also be a scavenger hunt, wood canvas, instrument-making and a DIY bow brooch. Registration is required. 
Cost: Free 
The Newark Museum of Art, Englehard Court, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Ladies of Liberty Hall: Women’s History Month Tour
March 16 and 17  
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a tour of Liberty Hall to honor the women who lived and labored at Liberty Hall. From Susan Livingston, whose daring exploits saved Liberty Hall from the British during the Revolutionary War, to Mary Alice Barney Kean, who worked tirelessly for the preservation of our historic structures, to Abbe, an enslaved woman who attempted to self-emancipate while in Paris, their stories resonate and enlighten in this special exhibit. 
Cost: $14 plus fee 
1003 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083

Remember the Ladies: Women’s History Month Presentation 
March 20 at 2 PM 
This event will be presented by the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts and discuss the First Ladies of the United States, from Martha Washington to Dr. Jill Biden. This program will take place in the library’s large meeting room.
Cost: Free
1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Women’s History Month Celebration
March 21 at 5:30 PM 
The Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women will honor women who advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. RSVP is recommended for this event.
Cost: Free
One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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