2023 Women’s History Month

Join the St. Louis Public Library as we honor the remarkable women whose leadership inspires and shapes us, celebrate the innovators and creators whose ingenuity and artistry molds our lives and imaginations and support the crusaders whose advocacy for gender equity promises a better future.  

For more information and to register for programs, visit the events calendar. All programs are subject to change to a virtual format. 

The Woven Bookmark
March 1 / 3-4 p.m. / Julia Davis Library
Join us for an interactive and informative craft activity.  Participants will be trained in how to weave on a framed loom while learning about the historical contributions of women to the history of textiles. Participants will hear about  Ada Lovelace and her contributions to the Jacquard loom.  Grades 4-6, Families  

Who Is Your Hero? 
March 1 & 30 / 6-7:30 p.m. / Central Library
Join us on March 1 for a discussion about all the different ways the women in our lives inspire and lead us by example. Channel all that gratitude into writing a short description of the women whom you admire most for compilation into a zine celebrating our feminine icons!  There are stations set up throughout Central where you can submit your hero’s story at any time during the month.  Join us on March 30 for the conclusion of our heroic zine!  All Ages 

Everyday Heroes (Like YOU!) with Girls on the Run STL 
March 2 / 4-6 p.m. / Buder Library
Girls ages eight and up and their parents are invited to join SLPL and Girls on the Run St. Louis to learn what it means to be an everyday hero, how to celebrate heroes you know and how to practice confidence and self-care.  Grades 4-8 

Journaling as Rebellion  
March 6 / 5:30-6:30 p.m. / Cabanne Library
So much of what we know of women’s history comes from reading journals that survived the test of time. From the day-to-day minutia to the extraordinary details, recording the events of your life is revolutionary. Join us to view some historical inspiration and start a new journal to share your rebellious history! Grades 4-8 

Girls Rock: Women Who Shaped Music
March 8 / 5-7 p.m. / Julia Davis Library
In this workshop for kids and teens, we’ll talk about women who have had a profound impact on music and culture and learn how the music process works from start to finish. Participants will work together to create a song! Grades 6-12, Young Adults  

Women in St. Louis Politics
March 9 / 6-7 p.m. / Carpenter Library
Join us for a panel discussion with St. Louis City Alder women to answer questions about local politics, how to get involved, and what day-to-day responsibilities look like. Panel participants include Megan Green (St. Louis  City Aldermanic President), Tina “Sweet T” Pihl (Ward 17),  Marlene Davis (Ward 19), Christine Ingrassia (Ward 6), and Anne Schweitzer (Ward 13). Adults  

Power and Freedom of Art: Local Artists’ Panel
March 11 / 2-4 p.m. / Buder Library
In celebration of innovators, inventors, artists and rebels.  Join us for a local St. Louis artists’ panel as they share the importance of art and the power of expression and freedom it offers to the artist themselves and their audience. Adults 

Her Own Hero: Artist Panel
March 15 / 6-8 p.m. / Virtual
In this workshop for kids and teens, we’ll talk about women who have had a profound impact on music and culture and learn how the music process works from start to finish. Participants will work together to create a song!  Registration is required. Grades 6-12, Young Adults  

Heroines Throughout History
March 21 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Schlafl y Library Join us in making a vision board that acknowledges the rebellious women who inspire you most. Participants will get the chance to explore a range of great women in history and take their place among their heroes with photos from our famous selfie booth to add to their vision boards. Grades 4-8

Teen Zine: Rebel Girls
March 22 / 3-5 p.m. / Divoll Library
Drop-in for a teen zine-making workshop. We’ll provide the materials, you provide the creativity and passion as we make zines and chat about the rebel girls of the “Riot  Grrrl” zine movement. Grades 6-12 

Brave Girls Travel Across the Sea 
March 22 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Central Library
Learn about amazing girls who immigrated to America!  Pack your bag and join us as we read “When Jessie  Came Across the Sea” by Amy Hest. Learn about Jessie’s journey to Ellis Island, then get ready to put yourself in her shoes with some activities. Grades 4-6  

You Can Skate, Sew or Swim: History of the  Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Branch
March 25 / 11 a.m.- Noon / Cabanne Library
The Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the St. Louis YWCA came into being through the initiative of Black women concerned about young women in their community. Learn what role women of this YWCA Branch played in changing racial attitudes and navigating the complexities of segregation.  Adults  

Empowerment Posters with the Womyn’s Peace Collective
March 28 / 6-7:30 p.m. / Buder Library
Hear the herstory of the Womyn’s Peace Collective and other womyn-centered peacemaking groups across time. You are invited to create your own poster of womyn and what empowerment looks like for you. Together, we will make herstory come alive! Adults 

Jurassic Coast Fossil Dig
March 30 / 4:30-5:30 p.m. / Carpenter Library  Take a trip to the Jurassic Coast in Lyme Regis, England,  and learn about Mary Anning, the first woman paleontologist! We will dig for fossils and create our own coffee ground fossils. Grades K-6  

Daring Innovators of St. Louis
March 30 / 6-7 p.m. / Julia Davis Library  Join us for a panel discussion with female leaders from our community. Each speaker will share their inspiring story and offer advice for audience members, particularly young women, seeking to develop their leadership skills. Light refreshments will be served. Adults