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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Celebrate Women's History Month

March is here and in Chicago that means our hopes are getting piqued for warmer days, greener scenery and an even greener Chicago River for St. Patty's Day. But did you know that March is also National Women's History Month? How are you going to celebrate?
Why not drop casually into conversation that it is women's history month? Read up a little about the women in the field you are most interested in. Love sports? Learn about women warriors in Japan. Have fervor for politics? Did you know Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in 1872? Like art? Check out Judy Chicago. Music? Learn up on Kathleen Hanna and how she changed rock. You don't have to have a pair of x chromosomes to want to enjoy and celebrate this observance, women's empowerment and strides help everyone. So save the mugs of beer and partying for later in March, and get a little cerebral with your celebrations, learning about the great women in our history as you get together with friends.

Girls Write Now Day March 9
Host a literature gathering. Invite your core friends over and let them know there is a literature-theme for your shindig, for women's history month. Find some passages from books and poems written by women to read from. You might want to ask guests to bring a few passages to read aloud as well. Whoever is reading the passage, should present some information about the writer first, and a bit about what is behind the passage itself. This information lends itself nicely to a discussion about the piece and the writer afterward.

Invite your guests to write. Host a writing-game for your literature party. One way to get people's creativity flowing is to cut up a book of poetry that you like. Offer the words spread out on the table, with glue-sticks and paper for the guests to piece new works together. You can also buy magnetic paper and print out words on the sheets.

Or put together a mad-libs game. If you want to stay in theme, take a famous work by a woman and re-type it with spaces for adjectives, nouns and verbs for your guests to add. Re-working anything by Anias Nin will be sure to add some humor to your night.

Working Women's Day March 8
This should be a day to celebrate not only the fact that women have entered the work-force successfully, but the traditional hard work women have done within the home. Research your ancestral roots to find out what the traditional roles were that women in your family held. You may want to talk to the older women in your family to see what they remember their Mothers, Aunts and Grandmother's roles as.

To celebrate this, attempt a traditional meal or party that your Great-Great-Grandmother would have put together. Invite friends over to help cook the feast and for conversation fodder, tell of the facts you've learned about the ancestral traditions for women and how far women's rights have come.

Pizza has it's own small slice in women's history as well. Pizza has a long history, but the pie we know and love today started in Naples. It was baked by Italian women who drizzled them with herbs, vegetables and fish. Today's women however have options when it comes to their food. You can now order a fresh, healthy and authentic pizza from Sarpino's after a long day of working in the home or climbing the corporate ladder. So go traditional with your Sarpino's pie and get it topped Naples style with basil and baby clams or tomatoes and smoked oysters.

If you're still curious about Women's History Month check out these happenings in Chicago.

Meet Mary Cassat: An American Artist
Date: Thu. March 18, 2010
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Garfield Ridge, 6348 S. Archer Avenue, Chicago IL 60638

Great Women in History: Jaqueline Kennedy
Date: Sat. March 13, 2010
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: 3436 S. King Drive, Chicago IL 60616

Honoring Georgia O'Keefe's Art
Date: Sat. March 13, 2010
Time: 11:00 am
Location: North Pulaski, 4300 W. North Avenue, Chicago IL 60639

Women's History Month at Loyola
Date/Time/Location: Various

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