Women’s History Month: Celebratory Events in London
The first sunrays of this year not only brought a long-awaited spring but also ushered in the start of Women’s History Month, celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 and female past, present and future achievements and contributions to our history and society.
Corresponding with said International Women’s Day, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Australia highlight female power in March, while Canada corresponds their female celebratory month with Person’s Day on October 18th.
So, what exactly can you do for the Women’s History Month? The answer is, a lot! Numerous organisations, initiatives, and media outlets are taking the opportunity to inform people about strong females and their achievements, past and current struggles facing women, as well as seminars and workshops encouraging female empowerment.
Two excellent examples are the series of events offered during International Women’s Week and the Women’s History Month. Both are co-ordinated for Tower Hamlets Council by Arts Alternative and take place in London. The International Women’s Week is currently taking place, having started on March 4, until March 10 in Tower Hamlets, with a wide range of events. 'Together Empowering Change', and 'The Achieving Women’s Event' on the 8th of March, for example, recognises and celebrates women’s achievements and struggles. Events like 'Island Women: Experiences, Challenges, Impact' and 'Empowering To Thrive: Equal Rights For All' on Saturday 9 March do not only commemorate female history, but also provide an opportunity to learn about other cultures and thrive together as a community.
The Women’s History Month event series is taking place all over eastern London, from the 1st of March until the 31st of March, with a variety of events. There are many art events on offer, such as 'Dorothy Rendell - painter' at Bow Arts (Thurs 14 March), 'MARCH!' at Brentwood Road Gallery (4 March - 5 April), 'The Future Is Female' at Della Sposa Gallery (19 March – 3 May) portraying female artists as well as female history through art. Talks and seminars on offer include, 'Turn Your Pain Into Power' (Sat 23 March) at Idea Store Whitechapel or 'Women’s Craft Day – A Full Day Workshop' (Sat 9 March) at Shadwell Centre, focusing on nurture, self-love, empowerment and advocacy while creating a platform for meeting others and sharing experiences.
Another interesting place to visit during Women’s History Month is the Tower Hamlets Local History Library And Archives, who represent past female achievements and their legacy with the exhibition 'Sarah Chapman, Match Girl – Story of A Strike Leader'. Sarah Chapman was part of the famous Match Girls Strike in 1888 and was one of the factory workers arguing for and achieving better working conditions. Library and Archives also highlight present female strength, for example with the 'Evening With Cate Tuitt' (Thurs 14 March, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm), who became the first female black councillor in Tower Hamlets in 1996.
Most of the events are for free, some have a suggestion for a small donation. The offered sports events by Tower Hamlets and Arts Alternative have a small contribution fee of £1-3. Additionally, some of the events are for women only.
The programme contains numerous additional events and exhibitions, so if you are interested click here.