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Marching is for women

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Participants gather in Philadelphia for the Women’s March (Photo by Luke Malanga ’20).

Philadelphia celebrates Women’s History Month.

In March, we celebrate women and the historical movements they have cultivated throughout the course of our history. With the many movements in our current culture such as #MeToo and Time’s Up in the news, this month now holds the additional importance of reminding the public of all the accomplishments and triumphs  women have .

While it is important that we talk and learn about these accomplishments that have happened, it is also important to find ways in which we can celebrate amongst women.

During this month, there are many events and activities to attend in Philadelphia that celebrate all women and their lasting legacies.  

The Women’s Film Festival

Films are an important platform for informing the general public about different causes and challenges happening in the world around them. From March 16 to March 24, the Women’s Film Festival, coming to Philadelphia for the fourth year in a row, over 75 films will be screened as well as a host of many different panels and workshops.

This event brings multiple movies that either portray strong female-centered stories, performed by women actors or have women in directorial and producer roles. The screenings of these films are hosted at the Center Annex at Drexel University while other events will be held all over the city at different locations.

Tickets cost $8 per film for students. If one  wishes to grab an all access pass to the films, panels, and workshops there is a student discount for $100. It was noted on the official website that view discretion is advised for the films – so be mindful of young children if you choose to bring them. Tickets are available at thewomensfilmfestival.org.

Colonial Chocolates at

the Betsy Ross House

Women had a large historical presence in the Revolutionary War that is also being celebrated this month. At the Betsy Ross House, there are several upcoming events to celebrate the presence of women during this time, one of them being chocolate making.

The event showcases three female entrepreneurs and how they played a role during the American Revolution. Making chocolate and coffee was a way that women could stand up to the British Monarchy, instead of purchasing tea.

This event highlights the importance of women, while simultaneously offering samples of the hot chocolate drank by people of the revolution. This event is on March 30 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Pricing for the event is included in the ticket to enter the Betsy Ross House, which is $5.

Women’s Suffrage with Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has been one of the lead activist in the #MeToo movement as well as a strong representative of women’s rights, LGBTQIA rights and an overall role-model.

As part of Women’s History Month, Gaga has recreated her “Bad Romance” music video in order to talk about the 19th Amendment and the history of women’s suffrage. Her idea for this was to be able to talk about women’s suffrage in a way that was not only informative, but entertaining as well hoping to get the audience to think about the presentation afterwards.

This event is being held at the National Constitution Center and is playing throughout the whole month of March. Tickets are on sale for $10 at philly.com.

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