You may know that March has been set aside as National Women’s History Month, but did you know that its roots go way back to 1911? It’s true. But while it may not be as popular as Mother’s Day or Christmas, there is still plenty to celebrate. If you’re stumped for things to do to commemorate this important month, the Seattle area is offering up some great ideas.
The Year We Were Famous at Everett Library
Hours: Mar 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The Woman’s Book Club of Everett welcomes Carole Estby Dagg for a special speaking engagement. Dagg will be speaking about her novel, “The Year We Were Famous,” a fast-paced historical novel based on the true events of her great-aunt and great-grandmother’s walk across America during the suffragist movement.
Connecting Women’s Lives to Make a Women’s History of the Great Pacific Northwest
Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Price: Free ($2 suggested donation)
Hours: March 12, 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Susan Armitage, professor of history and women’s studies at Washington State University, will present “Connecting Women’s Lives to Make a Women’s History of the Great Pacific Northwest” at noon at the Washington State Historical Society. This is also the topic of her forth coming book on women in the Pacific Northwest. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $2.
Moving Forward, Looking Back
Anacortes History Museum
1305 8th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221
Price: $3 Adult, $2 for 65+, $1 ages 8-16
Hours: Through March 31, 2012 Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A special exhibit in Anacortes gives a good excuse for a short day trip of sightseeing and education. “Moving Forward, Looking Back: Washington’s First Women in Government” is on display until March 31, 2012 at the Anacortes History Museum. This special exhibit celebrates the first women elected to major public offices since 1910 including Frances Axtell, the First State Representative from 1913 to 1915; Dixy Lee Ray, the First Governor from 1977 to 1981; and Patty Murray, the first U.S. Senator from 1993 to present, among others.
Pioneering Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White
The Woman’s Century Club
807 East Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102
Hours: March 16, 2012 at Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Professor Lynne Iglitzin will share images and tell about the life of photographer Margaret Bourke-White at The Womans Century Clubhouse Friday, March 16, 2012. Bourke-White’s images capture the effects of the Great Depression and life as the first female war correspondent of World War II for Life Magazine.
Eastside Inspire Luncheon with Helen Hunt
11100 NE 6th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Price: Suggested donation of $150
Hours: March 15, 2012 at Noon to 1:30 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by helping to contribute to the next generation of women leaders? The YWCA presents its Eastside Inspire Luncheon with special guest, Helen Hunt on Thursday, March 15, 2012 in Bellevue, WA. Hunt has won four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and one Oscar, and that’s just for starters. She was seen in last year’s “Soul Surfer” movie and recently shot a short about Inspiration Café, a Chicago restaurant that serves and helps train homeless individuals. The luncheon is a non-ticketed fundraising event to support the Women Empowered (WE) Campaign. All guests are asked to make suggested donation of $150.
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