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.
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 Z, Rad Women Worldwide and Rad Girls Can. They will be speaking on March 21 at the Public Knowledge Branch at SFMOMA.
- Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman – Art Exhibit – March 2 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 pm, 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 in Bay 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! Celebrating California 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 Building – March 23, Mission Branch Library
- Chocolate Platinum Soul Line Dance Explosion – March 23, 3 pm, Portola and March 31, 2 pm, 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 Rights – March 27, Merced Branch Library