Dallas offers plenty of inspiring events and attractions to learn something new, marvel in admiration and reflect on the meaningful contributions women have made in our society.
1. Honor the women who have directly impacted your life by taking them to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to enjoy the beauty of the Woman's Garden. Designed to celebrate the strength, courage, creativity and nurturing demeanor of women, the 1.8-acre garden is a great place to sit, reflect and share your appreciation for the lady in your life. After you take in the scenery and landscape, stroll through the Dallas Blooms (Feb 29-April 12) and treat her to a nice brunch at Restaurant DeGolyer.
2. Join The Women Chorus of Dallas (TWCD) for its sixth annual celebration of women composers for Travelin' Voices (March 5) at Moody Performance Hall. The show features singing and composing sensation Moira Smiley with her ensemble VOCO, their visceral and experimental musical experiences, along with 200+ voices from TWCD, Texas Woman's University and Dallas ISD high school students. New this year is the first Voices of Women poetry contest! Dallas-area poets are invited to attend a rehearsal and write poems inspired by the music they hear. For more information and to enter, visit www.twcd.org.
3. Witness powerful female voices and truths at the Women of the World Poetry Slam (March 5-7) at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Out of 96 competitors, only one will be named the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion.
4. Gather your best girlfriends and enjoy a night of female empowerment and good music at a concert. March is bringing forces of nature to Dallas, including Lauren Daigle at American Airlines Center (March 5), Jill Scott at Fair Park (March 5) and Lila Downs at Winspear Opera House (March 7)!
5. Head to the Latino Cultural Center with the young ladies in your life to see a performance of "The House on Mango Street" (Feb. 22-March 8) – a coming of age story that highlights the experience of many Mexican-American girls. We witness the main character Esperanza as she tries to make sense of her place in the world while observing the lives of the women around her and decides her life is going to be different.
6. Join the Dallas Historical Society for lunch to hear Alyssa Banta discuss her book The Texas Ranch Sisterhood: Portraits of Women Working the Land (March 10) as part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series at Hall of State. Photojournalist and writer Alyssa Banta spent over a year following more than a dozen Texas women through their grueling daily routines, from the messy confines of the working chute to the sprawling reaches of the back pasture. The result of this unprecedented access is an intimate portrait of the challenges and achievements of the ranch women of the Lone Star State, along with the land and livestock that sustain them.
7. Plan to attend the Park Lane Panel: Celebrating Ladies Shaping the DFW Business Scene (March 11). The Shops at Park Lane will host four Dallas-based female entrepreneurs who have helped shape Texas to becoming one of the best states for female business owners. Four panelists will share their wisdom on how they navigated their way to success within their respective fields ranging from the arts, health and wellness, tech and social media.
8. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center's fifth annual Down for #TheCount (March 19-April 5) honoring The Women Who Compose for Broadway. Over the course of the last century, little recognition has been given to the women who compose Broadway scores and the barriers they have faced. The show shines a light on ground-breaking women who have made their mark on the Broadway stage and celebrates the depth, breadth and wit of their heart-stopping music.
9. Support black female creatives at the Black Enigma: For the Love of Black Women (March 21), an art and poetry showcase, at the Johnavich Studios. The gallery will feature Dallas painters, photographers, and poets. The artists will be selling their work, and there will also be beverages for purchase. A percentage of all the proceeds from ticket sales and beverages will go to fighting homelessness in the South Dallas area.
10. Come "Celebrate Women" (March 22) with the New Texas Symphony Orchestra at Moody Performance Hall to observe the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The concert will feature music written by historic and current women composers.
11. Check out a new solo exhibition show, A Narrative Rewritten (Feb. 24-March 29) from Hannah Aaron at the Umbrella Gallery. The exhibit is centered on reclaiming feminine identity which had been previously shaped by societal pressures and experiences from childhood.