Women’s History Month is celebrated each March as a way to pay tribute to women who helped promote the cause of equality in America. Pittsburgh is full of important historical figures, contemporary talented artists and volunteers passionately committed to cause of women’s equality. Celebrate women by taking part in some of these activities around the city.
GLAMAZONIA By Mario Epanya
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Hours: Through March 30
Visit the August Wilson Center for African American Culture downtown to see GLAMAZONIA — an exhibit that features women-centric photography by Mario Epanya. A tribute to the beauty, strength and unique style of African women, this exhibit also puts African-inspired sculptural artwork on display from another strong female presence in Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh’s 2012 Emerging Artist of the Year Vanessa German. Visit the August Wilson Center’s website for exhibition hours and costs.
The Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: Through May 26
Tucked away on a narrow street on Pittsburgh’s North Side, The Mattress Factory is an installation art museum currently featuring an exhibit curated by Dr. Hilary Robinson about six women artists from around the world whose art portrays feminism not just as a narrow political issue but as a huge, world-wide movement. Students of local universities always receive free admission to the museum. See the website for hours and a full list of admission fees.
Dress for Success
332 5th Ave, 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Each March, Dress for Success sponsors a donation drive for new or nearly new suits for women across the United States. As a non-profit who helps clothe women in professional workwear for interviews and new jobs, Dress for Success has successfully overseen the donation of over 360,000 suits throughout the lifetime of its Send One Suit Weekend. Donations of new and nearly new professional suits for women can be dropped off at any Dress Barn location throughout the area. All donations are tax deductible and go directly to women in need.
Women’s Center And Shelter Of Greater Pittsburgh
P.O Box 9024
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh has worked tirelessly for women in need in the Pittsburgh Area. This non-profit is always looking for dedicated volunteers to train and generous donors to help the cause to end violence against women. Honor the spirit of Women’s History Month by donating time or goods to this organization. See the website for information about becoming a dedicated, trained volunteer and for information about Wish List items needed by women and their children who currently receive help from the organization.
Films For Women’s History Month
400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Various throughout Pittsburgh
Pay tribute to powerful women during Women’s History Month right in your own home! The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has published a list of recommended films to watch in honor of historically important women. From a film about Pittsburgh’s own Nellie Bly to the Warrior Women of the Amazon, there is subject matter to appeal to any curiosity. See the CLP’s special listing of films here and then head to your local branch to borrow a film. If you do not have a library card, stop by the patron desk at your local CLP branch for a borrowing card that is free to all residents of Allegheny County.
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Sally Turkovich Wright lives in her beloved city of Pittsburgh with her husband, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. She is a policy analyst by training, an eyewear stylist by trade and an amateur healthy-living advocate by choice. She also writes a column for Twoday Magazine. Catch up with her there at twodaymag.com. Her work can be found at Twodaymag.com.