Greenwich Village has served as a home to an abundance of influential women throughout history. From playwright Lorraine Hansberry to LGBTQ rights activist Edie Windsor to former-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. As the weather warms this month, take a tour of Greenwich Village and honor the legacies of honorable women.
Stumble upon the former residences of Louisa May Alcott, writer of the beloved classic Little Women; Emma Lazarus, poet of The New Colossus which is engraved onto the bronze plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty; and Emily Post, the queen of manners and Etiquette.
Walk past the former-Triangle Shirtwaist Factory where many Jewish and Italian immigrant women died in the tragic fire that helped raise awareness of harsh labor conditions in garment factories. Honor the radical women activists like Ethel Rosenberg and Angela Davis who were inhumanely incarcerated at the Women’s House of Detention that is now Jefferson Market Garden.
Stroll along the paths of Washington Square Park where Village icon and preservationist, Jane Jacobs, author of the influential Death and Life of American Cities, protested Robert Moses’ agenda to develop a highway through the park.
To discover more about Greenwich Village’s pioneering women, check out our self-guided tour on Inspiring Women.
Women’s History Events to Attend
In honor of Women’s History Month, we have partnered with the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation and the Merchant’s House Museum to bring you two exciting events in March. Get to know more about leading Village women of the suffrage movement and discover the life of Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander, contemporary to Gertrude Tredwell of the Merchant’s House...
Marching Towards Modernity: The Women of Greenwich Village and the Art and Politics of Social Change – Thursday, March 19th at 6pm-8pm @ Tompkins Square Library
Sylvia: A 19th Century Life Unveiled – Thursday, March 26th at 6:30pm-8pm @ Baha’i Center
To celebrate today’s Village women, we have created a map of Women-Owned Businesses in Central Greenwich Village. Click HERE to access the map and learn more about women business owners and their stories in Greenwich Village!
Featured on the list...
Goods For The Study, 305 Fitness, gigi*k, Dry Bar, The Body Shop, Rasa, Kubeh, Kariné Kazarian, La Petite Coquette, Pachute, Spina Bride, Buttercup Bake Shop, Milk Bar, Culture: An American Yogurt Company, Wattle Café, Madame Matovu, Greenwich Letterpress, The Ink Pad, The Silversmith, Left Bank Books, barre3, Modo Yoga, wagwear, Ono Bowls, Textile Arts Center, Salon V, Kidville, Ilana Sarna
***Know of another Women-Owned Business in Greenwich Village not on the map? Email us at email@example.com