Women’s History and Parks

Lesbian gathering at a gay pride rally in Central Park, July 1970.


As social history became as important as political history, the place of women in the historical record took on a larger meaning.

In the 1970s, groups began to highlight the historical contributions of women as part of public events. 1978 marked the first "Women's History Week," which coincided with International Women's Day, March 8. In 1987, Congress voted to make March Women's History Month (New York City had recognized the month of March as Women's History Month since 1981).

This March, join us in celebrating women, both historical and in recent history, who have contributed to shaping our history, culture, and the future of parks. 

Monuments and Public Art Exhibitions

Explore monuments in our parks that honor women, as well as public art exhibitions by women currently on display in our parks that address today's social issues and celebrate our communities. 

Parks Named For ...

Many of our parks honor women, both local and worldwide. Learn about their incredible stories and the parks that honor them. 

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