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.

Scroll down for even more events and organizations that celebrate women.

    Private: A Sport for Every Girl

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Tue, Dec 18, 2012 - Sun, Jul 14, 2013

    Beginning in the late 1870s, tobacco producers used inventive imagery of "sporting girls" to advertise their brands. The first to use these printed images was the New York–based company Allen & Ginter, whose 1887 series - The World's Champions - was so popular that it was reproduced almost immediately in expanded editions.

    Private: Ann

    Vivian Beaumont Theater


    Mon, Feb 18, 2013 - Sun, Jun 30, 2013

    "Ann" is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas.

    Private: Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles

    Museum of Jewish Heritage


    Wed, Oct 26, 2011 - Sun, Mar 10, 2013

    The poet Emma Lazarus, the author of the lines "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . ," gave a compassionate voice to the Statue of Liberty, and the promising message of new beginnings for generations of newcomers to America.

    Private: Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Tue, Feb 26, 2013 - Mon, May 27, 2013

    "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" will present a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries. Some 80 major figure paintings, seen in concert with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs, and popular prints, will highlight the vital relationship between fashion and art.

    Private: Käthe Kollwitz Prints

    Brooklyn Museum


    Fri, Mar 15, 2013 - Sun, Sep 15, 2013

    A selection of 13 rarely seen prints by German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) will be on view in the Herstory Gallery of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art through September 15.

    Private: Meet Miss Subways

    New York Transit Museum


    Tue, Oct 23, 2012 - Mon, Mar 25, 2013

    From 1941 to 1976, the MTA hosted a beauty competition called Miss Subways and plastered images of the winners on trains and buses (often placed near ads as a way to draw more attention to them). Decades later, photographer Fiona Gardner and journalist Amy Zimmer sought out former competitors, shooting portraits and recording their stories.

    New Georges

    Since 1992, New Georges, an Obie-winning nonprofit theater company, has steadily gained a reputation as an innovative producer of ambitious new plays by women.

    Paley Center for Media

    Dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of television and radio programs, the center possesses a collection of over 150,000 recorded programs covering more than 80 years of radio and television history.

    Private: The Pinks: A Civil War Historical Fiction

    Collapsable Hole


    Thu, Mar 14, 2013 - Sat, Mar 23, 2013

    Meet Rose Greenhow, the Confederate spy who seduced half of Washington. Her goal? To flame the war and help the South secede. But Allan Pinkerton and his detectives are on to her. "The Pinks" is a dark-comedy spy-drama based on the real Confederate spy Rose Greenhow and the first female detective, Kate Warne.

    Professional Women Singers Association

    The Professional Women Singers Association advances careers of women singers and promotes musical excellence. It functions as a network of distinguished women singers who support each other in their professional work in opera, musical theater, concert and cabaret performance, and sacred music in churches and synagogues.PWSA's Mission: • Promote the talents of its singers to the greater musical community • Strive to keep abreast of professional singing opportunities for its members • Award grants to individual members ...

    Private: REACT: The Feminine Mystique at 50

    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center


    Thu, Feb 21, 2013 - Tue, Mar 05, 2013

    The exhibition seeks to explore Bettty Friedan’s book from a contemporary lens in an effort to both honor the text – argued by many to be the catalyst of second-wave feminism in America – and to provide critical analysis 50 years after its publication.

    Private: Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto

    Culture Project


    Fri, Mar 08, 2013 - Mon, Apr 01, 2013

    Writer/performer Anna Khaja illuminates the lives and historical forces surrounding slain Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while attempting to reunite a nation bitterly divided over the ideals of Islam and democracy.

    Private: Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol

    The Jewish Museum


    Fri, Nov 02, 2012 - Sun, Mar 24, 2013

    "Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol" is conceived by Lockhart as a two-person exhibition, with Lockhart's work in dialogue with Eshkol's. The exhibition includes a film installation, a series of photographs, a selection of wall carpets and materials from Eshkol's archive.

    Private: Show Way

    McGinn/Cazale Theatre


    Sun, Jan 20, 2013 - Sun, Mar 03, 2013

    In Show Way, 11-year old Toshi Georgiana has lost a beloved family heirloom. As she searches for it, she is led by generations of women who came before her, from slaves who sewed paths to freedom to civil rights marchers. Come join Toshi as she tries to find her special connection to the past and celebrates the possibilities of the future!

    SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea

    This non-profit art gallery has been promoting the work of women artists since 1973. Through events and community programs, SOHO20 Gallery seeks to educate the public about the quality and diversity of women's art.

    Spiderwoman Theater

    The longest continually running women's theater collective in the United States, Spiderwoman Theater stages multicultural shows that celebrate diverse Native American cultures.

    WET Productions

    WET is a nonprofit production company that produces media that challenges female stereotypes and advocates for equality. Founded in 1999 by executive producers Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone, WET adheres to its mission by developing new material for the theater, film and TV written by women.

    Private: Women of Will: The Overview

    The Gym at Judson


    Tue, Jan 29, 2013 - Thu, Mar 28, 2013

    See all five parts of Tina Packer's "Women of Will" condensed into one evening. A true tour-de-force performance of Packer’s 40-plus years spent investigating the women of Shakespeare.

    Private: Women Inspired: Innovation and Imagination

    El Taller Latino Americano


    Mon, Mar 18, 2013 - Tue, Apr 30, 2013

    To celebrate Women’s History Month, Professional Women Photographers is pleased to announce a show that celebrates women. The works reflect and commemorate a woman's point of view, her life, experience, relationships, achievements, struggles, dreams, body, etc.

    Private: Women’s Project Theater: Jackie

    New York City Center


    Sun, Feb 24, 2013 - Sun, Mar 31, 2013

    From the controversial pen of Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, flows Jackie, an intensely theatrical dissection of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and the myths surrounding her well-coiffed veneer.

    Private: Women’s Studies

    American Folk Art Museum


    Thu, Jan 24, 2013 - Sun, May 26, 2013

    This exhibition presents drawings and photographs of women by four self-taught artists from the 1940s through the late 20th century, two male, two female. Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Paul D. Humphrey, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Inez Nathaniel Walker offer four very different approaches that raise questions of intent, portrayal, and self-identity: