Use March to check in with women who do thangs — our top Women's Month art, politics, and tech tutorial picks are right here
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH There's all of not much planned, officially speaking, for Women's History Month this year in San Francisco. A March 6 ceremony honored a lady from each district in the Board of Supervisor's chamber, a reception followed with refreshments and Ed Lee's mustache proclaimed she who is Woman of the Year. (His selection hadn't been announced by the time we went to press, but I'm pulling for a double honoree this year: fashion babe twins Marian and recently-deceased Vivian Brown.)
Truth is, not many people seem stoked on the commemorative month, which was officially created in 1987 and annually proclaimed by the President starting in 1994. The Atlantic ran a story last week that accused Women's History Month as a symbol of irrelevant tokenism. Honestly, throughout the course of assembling this list I was surprised at just how few explicit Women's History Month events are taking place in the Bay.
Maybe having a month doesn't solve the problems that plague women these days, but in my book that doesn't mean we should scrap the thing altogether. We have a proclamation, let's use it!
Here's some ways to do just that. Sure, little of the happenings on this page are so backwards-looking as to fit neatly into the "History Month" rubric. But the debut exhibition of an art collective on the rise (Black Salt Collective, March 17), a demonstration that'll morph into cross-cultural performance in honor of domestic workers' rights (Domestic Workers Bill of Rights demonstration and performance, Fri/8), a quilting show (SF Quilters Guild biennial show and sale, Sat/9-Sun/10) — the fact is, we're making history every day. This month we just have extra encouragement to do so.
HER GIRL FRIDAY
This group from Brooklyn holds readings that promise salient takeaways for women in the media world, and its first West Coast event should be rad: editrix par excellence (who has mad Tumblr game, folks) Ann Friedman headlines, with chronicler of Latin America Martina Castro, multimedia journalist Katy Newton, and sex trade filmmaker Mimi Chakorova. One-time Guardian art director DJ Mirissa Neff will be posted up behind a mixer to soundtrack the thing, and: cocktails.
Thu/7, doors open 6pm, readings 7pm, free. 111 Minna, SF. facebook.com/hergirlfriday
"WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?"
A mother and Black Panther who emerged from incarceration to become a professor of sociology, Ericka Huggins seems well qualified to speak on the power of restorative justice. She teaches relaxation and resiliency workshops for schools and community groups, so this talk promises to be a feel-good look at the tough problem that is our justice system.
Thu/7, 7-9pm, $15. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission, SF. www.ciis.edu
DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION AND PERFORMANCE
Join the magically diverse coalition of women, people of color, and youth groups to celebrate AB 241, proposed legislation that would shore up the rights of domestic workers in the state of California. Speakers will hoist bullhorns in front of the Federal Building, then everyone is welcome to Sixth Street's Filipino community center, where cross-cultural performances will celebrate International Women's Day.
Fri/8, rally 5pm, SF Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate, SF. Performances 8pm, Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission, SF. www.babaesf.org