With a woman contender in the running for president, 2008 marks a milestone in women’s history.
However, women make remarkable things happen every day – things that you won’t find in history books but that nonetheless help create the world as we know it.
March is Women’s History Month, a time to remember and reflect on our history, to appreciate and draw inspiration from outstanding women, and to lay plans for what we would like to see in the future.
In honor of this time, Cincy Chic has compiled a list of fun ways to celebrate Women’s History Month:
Dance the International Women’s Day away! Flirts Fitness, on Harrison Ave. right off the Rybolt Rd. exit, is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 from 2-6p.m. with complementary food, dance classes, festivities, shopping and an anthropologist speaker. Call (513) 574-7300 to learn more about the event.
Learn something new! Historically, women have not always had the option to educate themselves. Celebrate your right to knowledge by learning something new. Take that graphic design class you always wanted to or try a yoga or salsa class. Or, if you’re short on time, quiz yourself on women’s history.
Meet other women in town! The Professional Women’s Network of Greater Cincinnati hosts opportunities to meet and network with other professional women in the area.
Listen to local music! There are many female-fronted bands in town, as well as many talented soloists. Every last Saturday of the month, for example, Kelly Evans hosts TABOO at Baba Budan’s Coffeeshop, featuring local female musicians. For constant updates on great events by and for women, check out my blog here on Cincy Chic.
Walk in another woman’s shoes – by reading! The Public Library has a whole section of books written by women and with women in the leading roles.
See some art! The 1,000 Peacewomen’s Exhibit is up at Xavier University’s Women’s Center through March 15.
Have tea with a woman who is special to you! Whether a good friend, a co-worker or a family member, there is something very warming about sharing a pot of tea with someone you care for. Stop in at Essencha Teahouse for their two-for-one Tuesdays. If you bring a friend in with you after 2 p.m. you can share a pot of tea for the price of a cup. Also, on March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Essencha Teahouse will be hosting special programming with live music by local female musicians, a special menu, and tea health and beauty tips.
Go to the museum! The Cincinnati Museum Center’s exhibit on women, “Freedom Sisters,” opens officially on March 15. Also, test your knowledge at 2 p.m. each Thursday at the Museum Center’s women’s history quiz sessions.
Share what you know! Our achievements are always connected to the work that others have done before us. Help advance other women by teaching what you know – especially to a young person. Have you ever considered being a mentor? The Freedom Center offers a program for youth called The Freedom Scholars Program, which reinforces civic responsibility and challenges youth to discover what freedom means to them and how they can impact their local and global community. For more information, contact Yasin F. Southall at (513) 333-7621. Or, if you would prefer to help youth in Northern Kentucky, contact Renata Watts at (859) 655-9545 ext. 6413.
Support an organization that helps women! There are many such organizations out there, but one that offers many programs for women is the good, old YWCA. Check it out, it’s not just a place to go swimming!
Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Fischer Homes
Models (left to right): Sarah Katsetos with the American Cancer Society, Joann Howard, Alicia Coggins with Yoga Toppers and Amy Storer.
Makeup Artistry: Jocelyn Sparks, Zoë Custom Cosmetics