As we're sure you're aware, March is Women's History Month. And while here in San Francisco we celebrate women year-round, why not make an extra effort to toast the city's women throughout the entire month? Below are just a few of the ways you can recognize, support and celebrate the impact of women on the City by the Bay.
1. Take a tour of architect Julia Morgan's Bay Area masterpieces. While perhaps best known for designing Hearst Castle down in San Simeon, much of Morgan's work can be found close to home. The San Francisco Zen Center, the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, Oakland's (slightly spooky) Chapel of Chimes, many private homes in San Francisco and Berkeley, and well... tons more are all within easy visiting distance. How much time do you have?
2. Get yourself to the library. The Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library is hosting a vast array of events in celebration of Women's History Month, from movie screenings to looks at the women of California's Civil Rights Movement. "Women of Bernal - A Look Back" promises us a "scandalous look" at the women of this SF neighborhood's past, and who doesn't want to attend a class creating "rad women portraits"?
3. Eat like a woman! San Francisco is home to some of the world's greatest chefs—and many of them are women. This month is a great excuse to swing by women-run eateries like Park Tavern, Marlowe, Jardiniere, Frances, Boulevard, Brenda's French Soul Food, State Bird Provisions, Petit Crenn, Juhu Beach Club, Brown Sugar Kitchen... we could go on. Eat it up, folks!
4. Get involved at the Women's Building. Founded as the first women-owned community center in 1971 and featured in the recent ABC mini-series, "When We Rise," the Women's Building is an iconic part of Bay Area and LGBTQ history. It's also a non-profit that relies on donations and volunteers to continue its programs supporting all women. Find out how to pitch in here.
5. Admire the art of women. San Francisco Women Artists is hosting an exhibit entitled, "Celebrating Her" through April 1st. The show features an extensive collection of artwork by and about women. It's also just a great local organization you should know about and explore because celebrating "her" is an act worthy of all twelve months.
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