Paul D. Humphrey, "Karen B. Asleep"

During March, various New York groups and institutions honor women’s contributions to literature, art, music and more in special events for Women’s History Month. Other organizations, featured below, have made supporting female artists the focus of their work year-round.

Powerful women in history and politics are the subject of several plays this year, including Tina Packer’s “Women of Will,” an investigation into the women of Shakespeare; and “The Pinks,” about  Confederate spy Rose Greenhow and the female detective who brought her down.

In a play by the Austrian Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, Women’s Project Theater dissects Jackie Kennedy Onassis and the myths that surrounded the native Long Islander. “Ann” is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late governor of Texas. Anna Khaja illuminates the “Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto,” including the historical forces surrounding the Pakistani prime minister before her assassination in 2007.

For visual arts, a selection of rarely seen prints by German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz are on view in the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The New York Transit Museum is currently exhibiting “Meet Miss Subways,” a look back at this beauty contest and its contestants. The Metropolitan Museum of Art zooms in on a very specific advertising campaign in “A Sport for Every Girl,” an exhibition of printed images called “Sporting Girls,” which were successfully used by the tobacco industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The New School features a symposium and exhibition called ”REACT: The Feminine Mystique at 50,” celebrating the anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book.

Finally, you know Women’s History Month isn’t over until Gloria Steinem speaks. The feminist activist is joined by Dyllan McGee and Amy Richards in a discussion about “The Women Who Make America,” as part of “Makers,” the PBS documentary (premiering February 26 at 8 pm on THIRTEEN) and oral history project that amplifies the contributions trailblazing women have made to America. To learn which women standouts in the NYC art scene admire, see Women in the Arts on Who Paved Their Way.

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