Celebrate Women’s History Month With These 27 Events in NYC and Chicago

By: Emily Gregor

This post originally appeared on Fullstack Academy's blog.

The month of March is a time of reflection, celebration, and inspiration for women+-identifying people around the country. 

Core to the mission of Fullstack Academy’s Grace Hopper Program is creating a supportive and inclusive community for women+-identifying students and creating enduring diversity in tech, and the events below are a good place to start.

[Update—March 16, 2020]: With many of the below events affected by Covid-19 precautions, here are a few alternative activities to help you celebrate Women’s History Month from home.

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A Brief History of Women's History Month

Starting as far back as 1911 with a celebration of International Women’s Day (FYI: The 2020 theme is #EachforEqual), it wasn’t until 1987 that Congress officially declared March as Women’s History Month.

Serving as an opportunity to educate and promote equality, Women’s History Month is an important way to create opportunities for and give credit to the many women+-identifying people throughout history who have made significant achievements in their fields despite facing sexism, stereotypes, and other barriers.

In computer science alone, we have many women to thank for their contributions, including the five below:

  • Grace Hopper, for whom Fullstack Academy’s Grace Hopper Program is named, was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and invented one of the first linkers.
  • Ada Lovelace was a 19th-century English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. 
  • Anita Borg combined technical expertise and fearless vision to inspire, motivate, and move women to embrace technology. She founded the online community Systers, the Grace Hopper Celebration, and the Institute for Women in Technology.
  • Jean Bartik was one of the original programmers for the ENIAC computer.
  • Radia Perlman is known for her invention of the spanning-tree protocol, which is fundamental to the operation of network bridges.

Help commemorate women’s contributions and achievements by attending one of the upcoming Women’s History Month events in New York City and Chicago below.

Women’s History Month Event Calendar

NEW YORK CITY

March 4, 6:30pm–8:30pm ($8–$10)
NYC Changemaker Chat with Erica Anderson, Executive Producer, Vox Media

March 4, 6:30pm–8:30pm (FREE)
NYDesigns Women in Tech Happy Hour

March 5, 6pm–9pm ($5)
Women Did That: Celebrating the Women Behind Creative Work

March 6, 9am–5pm ($30–$60)
2020 Johnson Women in Technology Conference

March 6, 12pm–3pm ($145+)
Women in PropTech Presents ENTREPRENEURSHIP

March 10, 6:30pm–8:30pm (FREE) 
Find Your Strengths and Confidence: Women Leaders Who Mentor Rising Engineers

March 11, 6pm–9pm (FREE) 
Promoting Women: Breaking Glass Cliffs & Ceilings

March 11, 6pm–9pm (FREE)
UNLOCKED: Tech and Skills in the Hands of Women

March 12, 6pm–8pm (FREE)
Women in Tech 03

March 16, 4pm–8:30pm (FREE)
Afrobytes New York 2020 @ PayPal

March 18, 9:30am–11:30am (FREE)
Women’s History Month - Empower Women-Owned Business

March 18, 3pm–6:30pm (FREE)
The Inaugural Women & Diversity in Cybersecurity Leadership Forum | Powered by LIFARS

March 19, 6pm–9pm (FREE)
International Women’s Day Panel, Hosted by Women Who Code

March 19, 6:30pm–8:30pm (FREE)
Magenta Recruits: Pivoting Into XD

March 21, 9:30am–4pm ($80–$200)
The 7th Annual WomenWerk Conference - The Level Up

March 25, 8am–5pm ($249+)
Women in IT Awards

March 26, 6pm–8:30pm ($40)
The WOW Summit

March 28, 11am–7pm ($76)
Girl Power Film + Media Summit 2020

March 31, TBD
Women.NYC Equal Pay Day Summit

CHICAGO

March 4, 12pm–1pm ($15)
Chicago Women Tech Talk

March 4, 5:30pm–8:30pm ($35)
Raise a Glass to Women 2020

March 5, 5:30pm–8pm (FREE)
She Means Business: Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 6, 6pm–9pm ($30+)
Brave Bash 2020

March 12, 6pm–8pm (FREE)
Chicago Women Developers Hack Night

March 12, 5:30pm–7:30pm (FREE with donation)
International Women’s Day: Wine, Women and Allies

March 24, 12:45pm–1:45pm (FREE)
Women’s History Month - Panel Discussion and Luncheon

March 31, 12pm–1pm (FREE)
Equal Pay Day Chicago 2020

Interested in coding-specific events? Check out these free and low-cost coding meetups in New York City and Chicago.


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