As we check the final days of March and Women’s History Month off the calendar, let’s remember that Philadelphia organizations celebrate women’s empowerment all-year round.
Check out these upcoming events that highlight women mavericks, honor past achievements and edify a generation about the future fight for gender equality.
Food & Drink | Brews & Taboos Block Party at Devil's Den
Drink some beer and quench your thirst for knowledge at this fundraiser that highlights April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Featuring local brews at Women Organized Against Rape’s first certified safe bar, forget everything you know about the taboos and myths surrounding sexual violence and alcohol because they are about to be debunked. | April 7. 2-5pm. $15-$20. Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St. eventbrite.com
Awards | 2019 Bridge of Courage Reception and Silent Auction
Join Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) as they honor those actively working to eliminate sexual violence. Honorees include NBC10 News Today anchor Tracy Davidson, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Councilwoman Helen Gym.Don’t miss this important night to recognize these recipients’ valiant efforts. | April 9. 5:30-8pm. $100. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, 433 Chestnut St. eventbrite.com
Comedy | Chelsea Handler's Sit-Down Comedy Tour
After taking a hiatus from her onscreen presence for a life of activism, Handler will be bringing the laughs once more as she embarks on a nationwide comedy tour. Aligned with the release of her new book, “Life Will Be the Death of Me: and You Too!,” on April 9, remind yourself just why Handler is a force to be reckoned with. | April 12. 8pm. Prices vary. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St. livenation.com
Learn | Philadelphia Autism Conference with Dr. Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin once said, “I am different, not less.” The acclaimed autism spokesperson will be joined by Anita Lesko and Dr. Raun Malmed at this presentation on overcoming the obstacles that face many living with autism. | April 12. 7am-4pm. Prices vary. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. fhautism.com
Competition | Over The Hop: Ladies Arm Wrestling
Bring it to the ring at this competition to benefit the Philadelphia chapter of Pink Boots Society, which empowers women professionals in the beer industry, and Philly Loves Beer. Breweries from out-of-state have been challenged to step up and show off their fiercest moves to fight for who will be crowned champion. | April 28. 5-9pm. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. upcomingevents.com
Music | Patti Smith
The powerhouse herself will be in Philly to rock our worlds and remind us that she’s still the biggest badass out there. Smith shook up the rock n’ roll scene in the 1970s with her potent poetry and continues to be a feminist icon. | April 29. $55-$75. livenation.com
Fundraiser | Sojourner Truth Walk: Celebrating Girls' & Women's Leadership
Bring the whole family to walk in honor of the girls and women you admire. Blank signs will be provided at this event so that you can write down the name of who you are walking for. All funds raised will be given to Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp, which reinforces leadership, team-building, creativity and nature. | May 4. 9:30am-1:30pm. $10-$25. Clark Park, 45th & Chester Ave. wizathon.com
Food & Drink | Bold Women and Beer Festival
Make history by attending Philadelphia’s first women-centered beer festival. Women beer professionals will be showing off their brew skills alongside pours from over 30 breweries, food trucks and live entertainment to supplement your appetite. All profits made off this event will go towards the Pink Boots Society Scholarship Fund to provide education for women in the beer business.| May 4. 1-4pm. $45. Love City Brewing, 1023 Hamilton St. eventbrite.com
Fundraiser | Reach & Raise: Philadelphia
Namaste! Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host this accessible, all-level yoga class to bring attention to those affected by breast cancer. Refreshments and live music will be provided, as well as a Healthy Living Expo. Bring your friends and support this amazing cause that provides services to those impacted by the disease. | May 19. 7:30am-12:30pm. Free-$30. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. convio.net
Conference | Brunch with Bosses
Surround yourself with women bosses that aren’t looking to perpetuate a dog-eat-dog work environment. Seasoned entrepreneurs will be at this event to give advice on how to build a brand and succeed in business. Best of all - it’s all done over brunch. Boost yourself with the confidence you need to succeed. | May 25. 11am-3pm. $75-$99. The IATSE Ballroom, 2401 South Swanson St. facebook.com
LGBT+ | 21st Annual Philly Dyke March!
No matter how you identify, you are welcome to join the movement. This march will take place a day before the Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade on June 9, but it’s a completely different type of gathering — it is not a parade, and it does not have a permit. | June 8. 1-4pm. Free. Kahn Park, 1119 Pine St. facebook.com