This monument by Meredith Bergmann honors Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), pioneering women who were among the many leaders and countless advocates and activists who were instrumental in the prolonged struggle for American women’s suffrage. The monument was unveiled on Central Park’s Literary Walk on August 26, the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Donated by Monumental Women. Photo: NYC Parks.
Throughout the month of March, NYC Parks is celebrating the women who have contributed to our city and our parks! In honor of Women’s History Month, Parks is offering free tours led by its expert Urban Park Rangers as well as art exhibitions, museum tours, and more in recognition of the pioneering women who have shaped our history, culture, and greenspaces.
“In many ways, New York City park history and women’s history are intrinsically tied. Countless women have shaped the greenspaces that New Yorkers hold dear, from Gravesend founder Deborah Moody, to longtime Bronx resident and naturalist Cass Gallagher, and so many more,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “To honor these legacies, we encourage all New Yorkers to join one of our wonderful Ranger tours, visit our fascinating historic house museums, and spend time in our parks this month discovering how women have contributed to their communities and lives for the better.”
Here are some of this month’s highlight events:
Hands on History: Irish Immigrant Women
Saturday, March 5, 2022 – King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park), Queens
1 – 4 p.m.
March 8th is International Women’s Day, but March is also Irish Heritage Month. In celebration of the Irish immigrant women who worked at King Manor, join King Manor Museum to learn about their lives in the United States and make a craft young Irish women would have brought to remind them of their country of origin. Plus, find out about resources where you can share your own stories of immigration!
Historic Women of Central Park
Saturday, March 26, 2022 – East 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Urban Park Rangers! Some made music, some made noise, all made a difference. We celebrate women who broke records, broke ground, and blazed trails. Our Urban Park Rangers lead you through Central Park to sites honoring these historic figures who acted to increase our liberty, safety, and prosperity.
Gravesend Cemetery Tour (Lady Deborah Moody)
Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Gravesend Cemetery Brooklyn
11 a.m. – Noon
Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Urban Park Rangers. Rangers will guide you through this landmarked cemetery that was established by Lady Deborah Moody in 1643 and is home to graves of early settlers and founding families of Brooklyn. Learn more about Lady Moody and her significant role in neighborhood history. Registration is required. Registration begins Wednesday March 17.
In addition to these events, NYC Parks will be celebrating artwork by female artists in parks throughout the city. Women have designed and created some of the most well-known monuments in the agency’s permanent collection, and a number of temporary art installations by women are currently on display in parks. Ranging in style and materials, these artworks help tell a powerful story about the city’s history and culture. Take a look at some of the sculptures and Art in the Parks exhibits by women on display this month.