Celebrate Women's History Month in Mercer County

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Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month! Mercer County draws strength and inspiration from women who came before us, and the remarkable women working among us today. They are part of our story, and a truly balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society. To submit your Women's History Month event, click the box below.


Joyce McDade

The heart of Mercer County government operations is the McDade Administration Building at 640 S. Broad St., Trenton. But do you know the namesake?

In 1987, the County Administration Building was renamed and dedicated to the memory of Joyce L. McDade, who served the public as the Clerk to the Board of Freeholders, now known as commissioners, from 1974 to 1986. 

Mrs. McDade was the first female freeholder clerk as well as being the first woman to hold a top-level administrative position in the history of Mercer County. She was succeeded in 1987 by Jerlene "Cookie" Worthy, who today continues to serve as Clerk to the Board, overseeing that office and its myriad duties.  

Photo: The plaque in the vestibule of the McDade Administration Building in Trenton. 


MARCH 8, 7 p.m.
Feminism in Music: 1870 to 1970

Virtual program
The Mercer County Library | mcl.org

This is an overview of 100 years of history, investigating the manifestation of American women's struggles for equal rights through music and songwriting. It begins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the music of women's suffrage and labor strikes. Next come the early songs of female independence associated with the "flappers" of the Roaring Twenties. And there’s lots more, including "Rosie the Riveter," "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," "I'm a Woman" and "I Am Woman." Presented by John Clark and his Great American Music Experience. Click here to register.

MARCH 9, 2 p.m.
Women’s History Month Talking Circle: Sharing about the Women in our Lives

The Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville
(609) 883-8294 | mcl.org

Women’s History Month is a fitting time to focus on the women in our lives. You are invited to a talking circle where you will have time to talk about a significant woman in your life whom you admire and who influenced you to become the person you are today. You may share photographs, jewelry, clothing or any other memorabilia that helps you honor and remember this individual. Click here to register.

MARCH 13, 6:30 p.m.
Female Spies of WWII

Virtual program
The Mercer County Library | mcl.org

Join us for thrilling tales of female spies during WWII. Spymaster Vera Atkins will deliver up secrets of women you never knew were spies. Alisa Dupuy, of Ladies of History, is a French teacher who, in her spare time, loves to recount the lives of important women in history. Click here to register.

March 14 through April 15
The Women’s Caucus for Art

Artworks Main Gallery
19 Everett Alley, Trenton | artworkstrenton.org

The Women’s Caucus for Art will present members' works that represent significant ways of seeing art and our world. These artists will share their voices visually through broad-based themes about gender, identity, race, the environment, the political and personal. The exhibit will foster and expand a conversation beyond the gallery through community, to create a dialogue with participants.  To encourage the creative process and reflect upon who we are, where we come from and where we are going.

March 14 through April 15
Metal Lucidity

Artworks Community Gallery
19 Everett Alley, Trenton | artworkstrenton.org

Metal Lucidity by artist Amy Louise Lee will allow each individual to visually explore her luminous artwork using their imagination without any limitations. Although the free-flowing bright minimalist metal artwork is abstract, taking a moment to look closely at her work, one will start to see familiar and recognizable shapes, similar to the innocence of a child looking up at the clouds. This evokes curious wonder and therefore will open the mind to see the world in a different way. Playfulness and imagination get lost with the heavy burdens of adulthood, yet creativity and inspiration lead our society forward, through new technologies, medical treatments and the arts. Throughout the exhibition there will be a whimsical element of surprise by introducing AR, Augmented Reality, to numerous pieces for an interactive technological experience. Playing off the overall theme of the show, this allows the artist to showcase her playful side.

MARCH 18, 2 p.m.
Mothers of Invention

The Mercer County Library, Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
(609) 259-2150 | mcl.org

It’s Women’s History Month! Carol Simon Levin, professional storyteller, portrays Lillian Moller Gilbreth, motion study pioneer and “Cheaper by the Dozen” mother of 12, sharing stories of other overlooked women innovators. From Margaret Knight (the 19th century “Female Edison”) to Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr, these “Mothers of Invention” changed our lives. Click here to register

MARCH 30, 7 p.m.
Nonfiction Book Group: 10 Women Who Changed Science and the World

The Mercer County Library, Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
(609) 882-3130 | mcl.org

Join us to discuss 10 Women who Changed Science and the World by Catherine Whitlock and Rhodri Evans. Learn the moving stories of the female physicists, biologists, chemists, astronomers and doctors who helped to shape our world with their extraordinary breakthroughs and inventions, and their remarkable achievements. Feel free to attend even if you have not read or finished the book. Click here to register.

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