Every year, a theme is set for women’s history month. The 2014 theme for National Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” Women’s History Month is meant to inspire girls and women to reach their fullest potential and encourage men and boys to respect women. Here are some places and events in Pittsburgh to celebrate Women’s History Month 2014.
Genre Book Club
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill
5801 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Date: March 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill is having a reading for the genre book club. The featured book is “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan. The story centers on the women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which was home to a significant amount of residents secretly manufacturing materials for the war. Although they did not know the true nature of the tasks, the story develops into their significant role in history during this time period. The event is being held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
Gender and the Archives
Power Center Ballroom
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Date: March 27, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Duquesne University is hosting keynote speaker Dr. Angelita Reyes for Women’s History Month 2014 on March 27 at the Power Center Ballroom located next to Barnes and Noble on Forbes Avenue. The showcase is themed Gender and the Archives, and Dr. Reyes will address the crowd from 7 to 9 p.m. on her latest book project, “Not Even Past: Six Acres and a Mule or Searching for Vicey Skipwith.” Dr. Reyes is a professor at Arizona State University where she teaches in the School of Social Transformation in the English Department. She has spoken to audiences in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. Over almost 20 years, she has numerous intellectual contributions and publications to her name.
Women Destined to Move: Virtuous Movers & Shakers
Phipps Conservatory, Botany Hall
1 Schenley Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Date: March 28-30, 2014
Pastor Latisha Robinson invites you to attend her women’s conference weekend “Women Destined to Move: Virtuous Movers & Shakers.” The scheduled weekend is Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30, 2014 in and around the University of Pittsburgh. On Friday to kick off the conference, guest Annette Carswell of MAC Ministries and The Potter’s House will lead services which are set to empower and inspire while Pastor Latisha Robinson will close out the conference on Sunday. Both of these services are scheduled at Phipps Conservatory. Saturday’s Luncheon at the University Club will have three guests: Dr. Regina B. Holley, Pittsburgh Public School Board Member; Donna M. Baxter, SoulPitt Media CEO who is a former rapper turned Tech Diva and Graphic Design Artist; and Darieth Chisolm, Fullbody Fitness Club owner, It Works Global Business which sells body wraps and former WPXI anchor.
Cribs for Kids
Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 322-5680 Ext 5
Date: March 6, 2014
Cribs for Kids is holding its ninth annual Women of Achievements Awards to celebrate Women’s History Month on March 6, 2014 to benefit its cause sponsored by the Allegheny Health Network. The event will honor 26 Pittsburgh women for accomplishments in their field, community and advancement of women. Cribs for Kids is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization with over 450 partners nationwide dedicated to educating parents, providing cribs and reducing the death of infants in unsafe sleeping environments. This coalition is trying to make a difference through individuals leveled in state, local and national groups.
Breaking Barriers: Women who made history in science
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date: April 5, 2014
Some accomplishments pioneered by women in science are wireless internet, the DNA double helix structure, computer programming and radioactivity. The Pittsburgh chapter of Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is taking local Girl Scouts on a journey through history to see contributions women have made to the sciences at a reserved event in the Carnegie Science Center. All Girl Scouts of America troops in Western PA in grades 4-8 are invited to attend, and all Women In Bio affiliates are invited to volunteer for the event on April 5, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event offers interactive stations and hands-on activities dedicated to highlighting famous female discoveries followed with complimentary admission to the Carnegie Science Center. Due to schedule conflicts, the venue is unable to be planned for Women’s History Month and falls the first weekend in April, but this is definitely a celebration for Women’s History Month. The chapter is dedicated to supporting emerging leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). For additional information about this event and Girl Scout memberships, you can contact Manager of Series and Events Pathway Beth Novak at the number listed above.
Diane Straka is a freelance writer whose work can be found on http://www.examiner.com/finance-in-pittsburgh/diane-straka