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

For over a century, March has been 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 month of the year.

Here’s a few ways you can explore women’s history this month – or any time – 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 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.

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 Sheraton, Marlis Momber to Penny Arcade, and many more.

One of many upcoming Village Preservation programs for this Women’s History Month

Public Programs: Check out our upcoming Women’s History Month programs, and peruse our past programs to view scores of talks, panels, and presentations by and about the great women of our neighborhoods.

Just some of the images from our historic image archive, many by wonderful female photographers such as Jean Polacheck, Meredith Jacobson Marciano, and Carole Teller — click to access

Historic Image Archive: Within our nearly 4,000 images, you’ll find thousands taken or donated by women photographers, artists, residents, and activists of our neighborhoods.

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

Last year we 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. This failure to recognize and protect women’s history is unacceptable.


March 1, 2022