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SF’s HERstory Festival: 100+ Events

In March 2019, the San Francisco Public Library presents HERstory, a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month, honoring and acknowledging the contributions of women and the unique experience of being female today with a diverse array of lectures, films, performances and programs for all ages at every library location.

HERstory 2019 / Women’s History Month Festival
March 1-31, 2019
San Francisco Public Library – All branches
FREE – All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public

HERstory Program Guide (PDF) | See full list of 100+ events

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.

Empowering “HERstory” Books to Check out

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

Art Exhibit

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.

HERstory 2019 Event Highlights

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.

Saturday, March 23

“MaestraPeace Mural” Coffee Table Book Release | SF
Saturday, March 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Branch Library
"MaestraPeace Mural" Coffee Table Book Release | SF
Learn all about the MaestraPeace mural that wraps around the outside of the four story Women’s Building in the Mission. This iconic mural turns 25 this year and there will be a coffee table book released by Heyday Press in the fall. Join Advocacy Specialist Vylma ...
HERstory Festival: Soul Line Dance Demo Explosion | SF
Saturday, March 23 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Portola Branch Library
HERstory Festival: Soul Line Dance Demo Explosion | SF
Patricia Lowe-Copeland, aka Chocolate Platinum, is an award-winning, ICLDI (International Consortium for Line Dancer Instructors) 2nd Level Certified Line Dance Instructor, Choreographer, and performer. Patricia believes that her classes provide an opportunity for community members to get together and dance for health and wellness, and ...

Tuesday, March 26

HERstory Festival: Female Entrepreneurs Business Talk | SF
Tuesday, March 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
HERstory Festival: Female Entrepreneurs Business Talk | SF
Join the panel of local female entrepreneurs as they share their journeys in becoming successful small business owners.

Wednesday, March 27

HERstory Festival: Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Tasting | SF
Wednesday, March 27 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ingleside Branch Library
HERstory Festival: Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Tasting | SF
Learn about Ruth Graves Wakefield,creator of America’s favorite cookie, and the science behind what makes them chewy, cakey, or crispy. Engage in food science as you indulge in tasting cookies.
HERstory Festival: Salary & Benefits Packages Workshop | SF
Wednesday, March 27 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Check-in will begin 30 minutes before the workshop. Seating is limited.
| San Francisco Main Public Library
HERstory Festival: Salary & Benefits Packages Workshop | SF
Attend this two-hour salary negotiation workshop to learn how to confidently and successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages. In this workshop, you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-playing and learn. Check-in will begin 30 minutes before the workshop. Seating is ...
HERstory Festival: Women of Tango War History Talk | SF
Wednesday, March 27 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Noe Valley Branch Library
HERstory Festival: Women of Tango War History Talk | SF
The author of The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II, will discuss this forgotten piece of history. In 1942 the U.S. kidnapped more than 6,000 ethnic Japanese, German, and Italian residents of Latin America to ...
HERstory Festival: Women’s Equality Rights Discussion | SF
Wednesday, March 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Merced Branch Library
HERstory Festival: Women's Equality Rights Discussion | SF
Patricia Southard and Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada cover the 1920s following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women’s suffrage, to 1977, when the E.R.A. received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. During these years, the women’s rights movement transformed into second-wave feminism. First Ladies ...

Sunday, March 31

HERstory Festival: Soul Line Dance Demo Explosion | SF
Sunday, March 31 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Western Addition Branch Library
HERstory Festival: Soul Line Dance Demo Explosion | SF
Patricia Lowe-Copeland, aka Chocolate Platinum, is an award-winning, ICLDI (International Consortium for Line Dancer Instructors) 2nd Level Certified Line Dance Instructor, Choreographer, and performer. Patricia believes that her classes provide an opportunity for community members to get together and dance for health and wellness, and ...

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