Best Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2013 In Houston

March 4, 2013 7:00 AM

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(photo credit: womenshistorymonth.gov)

(photo credit: womenshistorymonth.gov)

(photo credit: womenshistorymonth.gov)

(photo credit: womenshistorymonth.gov)

Since 1982, when Congress first officially recognized Women’s History Week, groups and events across the country have honored famous women throughout America’s history and who are currently working to change and better our society. The event quickly became so popular that in 1987, Congress expanded Women’s History Week to Women’s History Month, held each March. Make sure to check out these events and exhibitions in Houston that celebrate the hard work and perseverance of women in America.


Bayou Bend And Gardens

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
6003 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 639-7750
www.mfah.org

This stately manor house, which now hosts the Museum of Fine Arts, was previously the expansive home of Ima Hogg, one of Houston’s most influential women at the turn of the 20th century. A generous philanthropist, Hogg donated her house and the 14 acres it sits on along Buffalo Bayou to the museum, as a place to showcase the arts of the home and to host educational programs. The house is open Tuesday through Sunday for patrons to view the collections and wander the manicured grounds.


Genealogy Lunchbox

Harris County Public Library-Katy Branch
5414 Franz Road
Katy, TX 77493
(281) 391-3509
www.hcpl.net

Hours: March 25 – 12 p.m.


Many women’s stories are harder to uncover throughout history due to the fact that women and men were not always treated equally.  Find out more about the women in your family and discover those who came before you at the Harris County Public Library’s Genealogy Lunchbox meeting. Expert genealogists will be on hand at this informal get-together, located in the Katy Branch’s computer lab, to help those interested in uncovering the history of their family’s women.

Women’s History Tours
P.O. Box 262404
Houston, TX 77207
(713) 392-0867

www.houstonhistoricaltours.com

Take a tour around the city of Houston and learn about all of the influential women who have shaped it. These five-hour tours focus on one geographical area of the city and visit places such as the Girl Scouts Museum, the Prairie View A&M University School of Nursing, and the Villa de Matel Convent of the Sisters of Charity. Each long tour includes at least two stops at a museum or other destination with the opportunity to tour, as well as multiple landmarks that the tour bus will drive past. These tours are the best way to fit in the most women’s history in an afternoon!

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Wheel Of Everyday Life

Rice Gallery
6100 Main St. 
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-6069
www.ricegallery.org

Date: Jan. 31 – March 17

The first exhibition of 2013 in the Rice Gallery is “Wheel of Everyday Life,” an extension of Scandanavian artist Gunilla Klingberg’s series “Brand New View.” Known for her repetitive geometric patterns that connect corporate logos, consumerism, and the traditional symbolism of Buddhism, Klingberg brings her artwork to the Rice Gallery, covering the walls, floors, and other flat surfaces with a tweaked version of sacred Buddhist designs. This exhibition is a fantastic way to support a woman’s input into the international art community.


Houston Roller Derby

520 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 230-1600
www.houstonrollerderby.com

One of the most exciting women’s sports is roller derby. Houston’s roller derby season begins during March, which is Women’s History Month. Houston is host to four main teams of this up-and-coming sport.  The Houston league was formed in 2005 and has been gaining notorieity, fans, and women who want to participate and let loose. Head out on March 23 to Bayou Place Live and see some of the city’s boldest and strongest women skate.

Related: Best 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To In Houston

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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