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2024 Women’s History Month

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Starting in 1981, Congress passed a public law that authorized and formally requested for the President to proclaim one specific week in March as “Women’s History Week.” Over the next five years, Congress continued to work towards what would eventually become Women’s History Month, a monthlong celebration and recognition of women’s achievements and contributions in history. At San Diego Public Library we celebrate and honor this month with programs, resources, and booklists.

Ethnic Studies at the Library

A smiling Filipino American woman named Dr. Amanda Solomon Amorao faces the viewer. Her book, Closer to Liberation, is placed in the righthand corner.

Ethnic Studies at the Library: Closer to Liberation
Monday, March 11, 2024 | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | San Diego Central Library, 9th Floor Shiley Special Events Suite

We invite community members to learn about historic oppression and systemic racism, allow members to share their lived experiences and learn from each other, and use knowledge for personal and community empowerment.

The Library Foundation SD and Silayan Filipina are proud to present the public reading of Closer to Liberation: Pin[a/x]y Activism in Theory and Practice. Amanda Solomon Amorao (Director, UCSD Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program) and DJ Kuttin Kandi (Executive Director, Asian Solidarity Collective) are co-editors of the anthology called Closer to Liberation: Pin[a/x]y Activism in Theory and Practice. They will read their chapters and invite the audience to engage in discussion about Pinay feminism, activism, and coalition building.

  • Amanda Solomon Amorao
  • DJ Kuttin Kandi
  • Kirin Amiling Macapugay
  • Anne Bautista
  • Thelma de Castro
  • Karen Villa
  • Mitchellie Woodson

Featured Program

National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg smiles at the viewer. Her book Dinners with Ruth decorates the lefthand corner.

The Power of Friendships with NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Virtual

You are invited to an intimate conversation with Nina Totenberg as she talks about her nearly fifty-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her book Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships. Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. She appears on NPR’s critically acclaimed news magazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and on NPR podcasts, including The NPR Politics Podcast and its series, “The Docket.”
Four years before Nina Totenberg was hired at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning reporter, and nearly twenty-two years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court, Nina called Ruth. A reporter for The National Observer, Nina was curious about Ruth’s legal brief, asking the Supreme Court to do something to declare law that discriminated “on the basis of sex” to be unconstitutional. In a time when women were fired for becoming pregnant, often could not apply for credit cards or get a mortgage in their own names, Ruth patiently explained her argument. That call launched a remarkable, nearly fifty-year friendship.

Learn more about the Library Speaker Consortium series.

Adult Programs

Actress and “Cats Don’t Eat Yarn:“ cast member Andrea Garcia Roebuck smiles confidently ahead. Theatre masks decorate the lefthand corner.

2024 Winter/Spring Concert Series: Barbara Scheidker, piano - Composing Women: Five Centuries of Keyboard Music
Sunday, March 10, 2024 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Central Library, 1st Floor Neil Morgan Auditorium

San Diego pianist Barbara Scheidker presents a program of music written by women composers from the time of Louis XIV to the present, prefacing the music with a discussion of the composer's unique and often difficult journey toward recognition. 

Our first concert offerings of 2024 will highlight a special component of the Series since its earliest days—our Steinway B! In recognition of our piano's 100th anniversary, this Series will feature some of San Diego's favorite pianists and ensembles and will explore this instrument’s versatile sound in genres from Classical to Boogie-Woogie!

Cats Don't Eat Yarn - A Collection of Short Plays by Carla Navarro - Riot Productions
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 through Saturday, March 16, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Black Box Theatre at City Heights Performance Annex

“Cats Don’t Eat Yarn,” a collection of short plays by Carla Navarro, celebrates and speaks on the many complex and intersectional experiences of Woman, from suddenly becoming the caretaker of a difficult parent to conversations around not wanting to have a baby; finding a purposely absent parent; dealing with addiction. Carla Navarro’s poignant illustrations of female stories are layered over BIPOC and LGBTQ and immigrant experiences for complex, heart breaking portraits of complete women in each of these short pieces. 

Riot Theatrical Productions has a mission to tell stories of intersectional feminism and support representation for women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and the BIPOC community. Riot supports inclusion for women of all gender spectrum, sexual identity, body shape and ableness, and ages. 

“Cats Don’t Eat Yarn” is directed in pieces by Martie Clark, Elizabeth Arellano, Carla Navarro, and Alicia Gonzalez. This play stars Jennifer Scibetta, Andrea Garcia Roebuck, Katee Drysdale, Adriana Cuba, Jenette Allen, Pamela Basurto, and Robert Allegria. Run time: 80 minutes.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Women's History Month
Monday, March 25, 2024 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | San Diego Central Library, 4th Floor Wells Fargo Technology Learning Center

Wikipedia is the largest online encyclopedia in the world. With millions of articles, thousands of editors, and decades of research, it has become a trusted resource for getting first-look information in dozens of different disciplines. Yet fewer than 20% of Wikipedia's biographical articles feature women. 

Learn to edit Wikipedia pages and contribute to making knowledge more accessible and to help correct this disparity. All experience levels are welcome. It is highly recommended that participants create a Wikipedia account ahead of time.  Light refreshment will be provided.

Children’s Programs

A young girl wearing a hijab reads a navy blue book.

"Her Story" Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | North University Community Library

Join in as we read, sing, dance, and play at Toddler Storytime!  Come and build essential early literacy skills and foster a love of reading. Designed for children ages 1-3. 

With March being Women's History Month, we will be incorporating this theme into the program.  Please join us as we pay tribute to women everywhere by sharing some unique and inspiring stories.

Create-it Thursday: Women in Aviation Craft 
Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library

March is Women's History Month! Join us to celebrate and learn about female pioneers in aviation! We'll have a presentation, and you’ll have the chance to build and decorate your own airplane! This is a family-friendly event. Registration required.

Dance It Out! Bilingual Storytime: Celebrate Selena!
Monday, March 11, 2024 | 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Logan Heights Library

Join our Dance it Out storytime with the music of Selena! Enjoy a story about her life, a craft, and sing and dance in English and Spanish!

Movie Screenings

A blonde woman identifying person is dressed as a director and she holds a loudspeaker and clapperboard.

Picture This: Call Jane (2022)
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Pacific Beach/Taylor Library 

In late 1960s Chicago when abortion was illegal in America, suburban housewife Joy develops a serious heart condition due to her pregnancy. But the medical establishment with an all-male board votes not to terminate her pregnancy, even if it could kill her. Desperate for a solution, she discovers the Jane Collective, a group of feminists who assist women in undergoing abortions the safe way. Things go well until authorities get wind of their activities.  Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, Wunmi Mosaku. Rated R. Run time: 2 hours 1 minute.

Picture This: Barbie (2023)
Friday, March 15, 2024 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Pacific Beach/Taylor Library

Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.  Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Michael Cera, Ritu Arya. Rated PG-13. Run time: 1 hour 54 minutes.


What's so Special About Special Collections: Women's History
Inaugural Clara Breed Civil Liberties Lecture with Renee Tajima-Peña


  • San Diego Public Library celebrates Women’s History Month by creating colorful displays.
  • Womens History Month Display
  • Bound for Beauty Special Collections Exhibit
  • Bound for Beauty Special Collections Exhibit
  • Bound for Beauty Special Collections Exhibit