By Lauren Wulf

March is National Women’s History Month. In honor of this most amazing month, dedicated to the best gender around (OK, I may be bias), here’s what’s going on around town.

A library patron does research at the Harold Washington Library... (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Chicago Public Library is celebrating diversity during Women’s History Month, March 2012, by exploring the contributions of women in music. In March, the public is invited to visit neighborhood branches, the two regional libraries and the Harold Washington Library Center to participate in and enjoy a variety of free programs highlighting women in music. Programs include classical music performance, a harp performance, adult book discussions, juggling and storytelling for children on March 31.

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Chicago Public Library

Join the Chicago public Library on March 21, for their monthly adult book club discussion. In honor of Women’s History Month, they will be discussing Janet Jackson’s True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. Copies of this book are available at the adult reference desk. Enjoy refreshments and a raffle during the discussion.


In honor of Women’s History Month, the Dusable Museum presents, “My Sister’s Keeper: The significance and legacy of Historical Black Women’s Organizations.”

For generations, African American women’s organizations have significantly impacted the African American community as well as civil society itself. In honor of the continued contributions of the most distinguished women’s groups, representatives from these prestigious organizations will share their history and insights.

When: Friday, March 23, 2012
Dusable Members: Free
General Admission: $10

Mad Men (credit: AMC)

Support Chicago’s young women and girls and join the Young Women’s Leadership Council in partying like it’s 1960. On March 31, from 8-11 PM, you can go back in time with period cocktails, dj and dancing, door prizes and more. Dressing for the era strongly encouraged, whether your style is Betty, Joan, Don, Roger, beatnik or activist. Celebrate Women’s History Month, MadMen style.

The Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University will present “Ways of Making: Painting” from March 9 through 30. The exhibit will feature the artwork of 25 painters, all women, in recognition of the 25th year of Women’s History Month. A closing reception celebrating the artists will be held on Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.