10 Events in Southeast Michigan to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Your family can learn about the wonderful women who impacted Michigan and world history in order to celebrate all month long at these Women's History Month events.

From fashion to innovation to auto racing, women have made an impact historically on our country and in our little corner of the world.

To celebrate Women’s History Month this year, you can take your kids to see exhibits or cuddle up together to catch a virtual presentation or listen to a book reading. Learn more about these wonderful women with a few fun events that stretch all month long.

First Ladies: Fashion Setters

Learn about America’s First Ladies and view reproductions of some of the beautiful gowns they wore. The museum is open from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.

Ladies of the Lights

  • When: 6 p.m. March 2, 7 p.m. March 25
  • Cost: Free, registration required
  • Sponsored by: Auburn Hills Public Library & Ferndale Public Library

They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Learn about them all in this 90-minute virtual presentation.

Racing into Women’s History Month with Lyn St. James

  • When: March 5
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsored by: The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Join The Henry Ford Museum on Instagram the first Friday of each month as Historical Resources staff members dig through the vast archival and library collections to tell the stories of items that aren’t usually on exhibit. In March, hear the story behind the 2008 photo of Lyn St. James Suited Up in Racecar Giving a “Thumbs Up.”

Detroit’s Legendary Ladies Tour

Explore the Detroit Historical Museum through the eyes of the women who shaped the city and nation, from Marie-Theresa Guyon to Martha Jean the Queen. Two time slots are available and timed tickets are required.

Detroit’s Innovative & Inspirational Women Virtual Tour

  • When: 5:30 p.m. March 8
  • Cost: Donation and registration
  • Sponsored by: Detroit Experience Factory

The themes that are shaping Detroit right now are innovation and inspiration, and during this tour your family will see how those themes are woven throughout the city. You will be introduced to some of Detroit’s most innovative women-led projects where you’ll have the opportunity to be inspired by their hard work and creativity. By tour’s end you’ll have an insider’s perspective of why Detroit’s future is being shaped by women entrepreneurs.

Interpreting Women at Mackinac Virtual Presentation

  • When: 7 p.m. March 10
  • Cost: Free, donations accepted; RSVP required for Zoom link access
  • Sponsored by: Presented by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Kids can learn interpretive history of the Mackinac State Parks. Lee Ann Ewer and Craig Wilson will discuss the specific challenges and rewards of researching and interpreting the lives of women at Mackinac, and how these stories are being incorporated into the wider history of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ museum sites.

Women’s History along Detroit’s Riverfront: A Virtual Tour

  • When: 5 p.m. March 11
  • Cost: Free, registration required and donations accepted
  • Sponsored by: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Join a virtual tour to travel throughout the decades and along the riverfront to learn about Detroit’s most innovative and inspirational women both past & present. Highlights include a look at historical figures like Madam Cadillac, Lisette Denison and Fanny Richards and views of women-owned businesses today like Savvy Chic and Wheelhouse Detroit. Stick around for a Q&A with the guide after the presentation.

The Life of Coretta Scott King

  • When: 2 p.m. March 15
  • Cost: Free, registration required
  • Sponsored by: Greenmead Historical Park

In this virtual event, actress Ms. Gwen will present “The Life of Coretta Scott King.” Families can learn about the history and times of the wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

With Pen and Pistol: Heroines of the Holocaust

  • When: 7 p.m. March 15
  • Cost: Free, registration required
  • Sponsored by: Holocaust Memorial Center

Trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe, thousands of women fought with defiance and dignity to save themselves and others. Teens and their families will be inspired by the courageous choices and words of female leaders in rescue and resistance movements.

Little Dreamers with Vashti Harrison

  • When: Noon March 23
  • Cost: Free, registration required
  • Sponsored by: Virginia Festival of the Book

Author Vashti Harrison reads from her Little Dreamers series and discusses her work as well as how she became an author-illustrator. A Q&A featuring students’ pre-submitted questions will also be included.

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