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Women’s History Month kicked off March 1 and Evanstonians are in luck as many events across the city are celebrating women of the past and present, signifying hope for a better, more equitable future. Check out the following events:

On International Women’s Day, March 8, the Evanston History Center will host “Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage.” Jeanine Michna-Bales will lead the virtual presentation at 7 p.m. Register here.

The story of Evanston’s women’s suffrage can be viewed all month through the History Center’s online exhibit Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote.

More than a dozen parks in Evanston are named after women. Take the “Women’s History Walking Tour” and learn more about women who influenced the North Shore.

Join the Frances Willard House at 4 p.m. on March 13 for the virtual Handicraft Hour, A Good Meeting Is a Work of Art: Handmade WCTU Banners. Assistant archivist Kristin Jacobsen will present the handmade Women’s Christian Temperance Union banners housed in the Frances Willard House collection. RSVP here.

The Frances Willard House is also reopening just in time for in-person tours for Women’s History Month. Reservations are now being accepted for the “Exploring Women’s History” tour. Tours will be held at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Sundays, March 6 and 13, and Thursdays, March 10 and 24. Admission is $15 per person and free for all students. Masks are required. To RSVP, email info@franceswillardhouse.org or call (847) 328-7500.

Northwestern University’s Women’s Center is hosting a symposium on Disability Justice as Feminist Practice at 4 p.m. on March 11. Register here.

Writers’ Haven Evanston, a cooperative workspace for women writers, is reopening this month. Reservations can be made here.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Evanston Public Library and its roundup of female-focused titles. Read the list here.

Explore the Early Women of Evanston interactive website with trivia about Evanston suffragists and the ways they transformed our city and the nation.

To read more about empowered women of Evanston’s past, follow the links below.

The Incredible Life of Maria Murray, Evanston’s First Black Resident

Friends in Unlikely Places: How a “Southern white woman and young Negro man” Changed Evanston Politics

Piecing History Together: The Story of the Mathilda Dunbar Club

May Wood Simons and International Women’s Day  

Have an event we should add? Email sam@evanstonroundtable.com.

Sam Stroozas

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