Herstory Day is an intergenerational celebration of women’s history in New York City with a focus on archiving, activism, and art practices. Designed for all ages and featuring community organizations, this program honors women throughout New York City who are working today to archive and preserve their own histories. Drop in to visit the exhibition Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics, then join us for history in the making as we archive our own stories through various practices.
11:00 am: Keynote by Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code
11:15 am: Live interview with Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre, Principal Dancer
The first 120 children will receive an autographed copy of Misty Copeland’s book
11:45 am–4:00 pm: Activist Tote Bag Decorating – Design your own tote bag to take home
1:00–4:00 pm: Strategic Tea Party – Sip tea and plan for the future like a suffragette
1:00–4:00 pm: Community resource fair with organizations such as Girls for Gender Equity
11:00 am–4:00 pm: Scavenger hunt in Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics
Family programs are free and geared toward families. This program is designed for adults and children to enjoy together. All ages.
Registration suggested but not required.
About Reshma Saujani
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their seven-week Summer Immersion Program, two-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and a thirteen-book New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of the 2018 academic year, Girls Who Code will have reached over 50,000 girls in all 50 states and several US territories.
Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian-American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. She has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog, Stanley.
About Misty Copeland
Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen. At fifteen, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000. Misty joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001, and in August 2007 became the company’s second African-American female soloist. In June 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African-American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.
Misty is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, co-written with award-winning journalist and author Charisse Jones, published March 2014. She has a picture book titled Firebird in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers, published September 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford in November 2014 for her contributions to classical ballet and helping to diversify the art form. Misty’s passion is giving back. She has worked with many charitable organizations and is dedicated to giving her time to work with and mentor young girls and boys. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.