Women’s History Month

As we close out Women’s History Month, our teachers and students  celebrate the countless women whose tireless efforts have brought us closer to equity. We stand on the shoulders of generations of pioneers and trailblazers!  As we continue to  reach for new heights, let’s celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-owned businesses. Check out some amazing women-owned businesses who are making an impact on the business world.

History in the Making:

The National Women’s History Museum is set to open its first physical exhibition this month, and efforts are underway to build an official space on the National Mall. As we continue our March commemoration of Women’s History Month, we examine the long process of opening a women’s history museum in the United States capital.

This article from Facing History details the long effort to establish an official women’s history museum, notably the push it took to get Congress to pass the legislation as well as the resistance the bill faced.

Celebrate Women in ARTS:

Friday, March 24th, 5pm-7pm, join us for the opening of Rhonda Gray’s powerful and lovely art exhibition, Sapphire Queens in Wonderland. The exhibition features the work of award-winning artist, Rhonda Gray. The show will be open to the public from March 24th-April 28th at the Chicago Center of Art and Technology.

The exhibition includes a collection of vibrant mixed-media portrait paintings and sculptures embodying women of African descent holding space for wonderment, self-liberation, cultural remembrance, and world-making possibilities. This show reorients negative stereotypes that have long plagued black women and includes creative portraits of icons such as Michelle Obama, Nina Simone, and Harriet Tubman. Through the use of oil and acrylic paint, collage, shiny embellishments, natural materials, African diasporic symbolism, and non-conventional substrates, these portraits vividly capture the spirit of women unapologetically owning their unique identity, mind, beauty, power, and peace.
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Thursday, March 30th, 5pm-7pm, hear the poems from the author herself! Acclaimed Author, Lesle’ Honore’ will be onsite at The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology to read some of her works from her dynamic book Fist and Fire, sign books, and be available for a brief discussion.

Leslé is a Blaxican Poet, activist, and author of Fist & Fire, a collection of powerful, unflinching poems that confront issues of social justice through the lenses of real people, and dive into the flames of love within the context of a relationship. Both in her poetry and in her life she works to empower youth to find their voices through the arts, and inspire people to stand in the gaps that social, economic, and racial inequities create. She is CEO of Urban Gateways.