Since 1987, the month of March has been recognized as Women’s History Month to celebrate and study the vital role women have played throughout U.S history. This year, Evansville businesses and organizations are participating through award celebrations, reading programs, and cultural discussions. Get involved with these local Women’s History Months events and activities.
Media Bundles, Reading Challenges, and More
Through March 31
All Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library locations
EVPL’s theme of this year’s Women’s History Month is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” paying tribute to women caregivers and frontline workers. The library’s comprehensive Women’s History Month programming includes an influential women scavenger hunt; activity packets; women-in-horror trivia night; screenings of the films “On the Basis of Sex,” “Hidden Figures,” and “A League of Their Own;” and women’s history storytime for children. EVPL has also created a list of recommended books and a reading challenge, and curated packages of movies, books, and CDs that showcase inspiring women in history. These media bundles are available to reserve and pick up at any EVPL location through March 31, with grab-and-go bundles available upon request.
Headwraps & Hibiscus
6 p.m. March 26
Boom Squad Inc., 800 S. Evans Ave.
Join Akoma Books for a headwrap workshop, tea time, and a paint-and-sip event to close out Women’s History Month. In addition to hands-on wrapping tutorials, this event will dive into the history of women’s headwraps and styles used in different cultures. Discussions will also take place on the relationship between tea and African Americans. Headwraps and canvases are included in the $40 admission price, and refreshments will be served. Registration is due by March 19.
Phenomenal Women Celebration
6 p.m. March 29
University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd.
Honor impactful women in the community by nominating them for the University of Southern Indiana’s Women’s History Month recognition program. The “Phenomenal Women of USI & the employees, and alumni, as well as members of the Evansville community, who serve as role models and have made contributions to diversity in the community. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman,” the program is sponsored by the USI Multicultural Center and is celebrating its 21st year in 2022.
Donate to a Good Cause
Can’t attend some of these community events? Show your appreciation for Women’s History Month by donating to a local nonprofit that supports women. Evansville’s YWCA (118 Vine St.) provides housing, youth programming, and racial justice and women’s empowerment advocacy. The Community Foundation Alliance Women’s Fund (20 N.W. Third St., Ste. 820) awards grants to women philanthropists to help fund local charitable endeavors. The Albion Fellows Bacon Center (101 Vine St.) works to prevent domestic and sexual violence, as well as empower victims, through 24/7 supportive services. Evansville’s House of Bread and Peace (250 E. Chandler Ave.) offers shelter for homeless women and children. The Junior League of Evansville (101 Plaza East Blvd., Ste. 112) promotes volunteerism and leadership among women.
Photo provided by EVPL.