Join Us To Explore, Celebrate, and Advocate to Preserve Women’s History

Women’s Equality Day is a time when special focus is placed on celebrating women’s history — from accomplishments across a multitude of fields to struggles for equality and against discrimination.

We’re fortunate that our neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo have been home to so many remarkable and transformative women, as well as the scene of innumerable vital movements for women’s equality and empowerment. It’s one of many reasons why women’s history is Village Preservation’s focus every day of the year.

Here’s a few ways you can explore women’s history today – or any day – with Village Preservation:

Labor leader Clara Lemlich’s home is one of dozens of sites on our Women’s Suffrage Map — click to access

Our Women’s Suffrage History Map: Explore dozens of sites in our neighborhoods connected to the struggle for women’s suffrage, and the people, organizations, and events that made it possible.

Suffragist, educator, and civil rights leader Sarah Smith Garnett, who lived at 175 MacDougal Street, from our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map — click to access

Our expanded and redesigned Civil Rights and Social Justice Map: Among the more than 200 sites in our neighborhood are more than 60 connected to women’s history and the women’s movement, including several new additions regarding Women’s history. 

Louise Bryant and her home at 1 Patchin Place, one of the sites on our ‘Transformative Women’ tour on our Greenwich Village Historic District Map — click to access

Our Greenwich Village Historic District Map + Tours: Take our “Transformative Women” tour to see the homes and learn about the lives of dozens of women who changed politics, the arts, and culture.

(l. to r.) Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Ronnie Spector, from our South of Union Square Women’s History Tour — click to access

South of Union Square Map + Tours: The Women’s History tour on our South of Union Square Map contains 20 sites connected to crucial events, figures, and organizations in women’s history, and some amazing women writers, artists, educators, and activists.

Just some of the remarkable women who have been the subject of Village Preservation’s oral histories — click to access the entire collection

Oral Histories: We have exclusive conversations with more than two dozen of the most impactful women of our neighborhoods of the last 25 years, from Jane Jacobs to Mimi SheratonMarlis Momber to Penny Arcade, and many more.

Among our Women’s History Month programs: “Hotbed – the Secret Club that Sparked Modern Feminism

Public Programs: Check out our past amazing roster of past women’s history programs to view scores of talks, panels, and presentations by and about the great women of our neighborhoods.

Raise Your Voice: We’ve collected the stories behind scores of women of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. Explore them all, and tell us who you think made the greatest impact, or is most important to you.

And help us advocate to recognize and protect women’s history sites as landmarks.

Some of the many unprotected landmarks of women’s history South of Union Square we are seeking to honor and preserve.

We’ve sent the Mayor and the Landmarks Preservation Commission a list of 22 unprotected women’s history sites within our proposed South of Union Square Historic District, and urged them to act to preserve them. In that time, one has been landmarked, with no action — or even sign of possible action — on any of the remaining. Since we’ve done so, one has been landmarked, with no action — or even sign of possible action — on any of the remaining. This failure to recognize and protect women’s history is unacceptable.


March 1, 2023