Celebrating women nationally throughout history began as a one-day affair. After a great deal of lobbying, it became obvious that celebrating the accomplishments of women needed more than one day of events and activities. Therefore, it was extended to one week. Realizing just how much women have contributed to the nation’s history, the entire month of March is now deemed “National Women’s History Month.” Happily, there are plenty of places in Connecticut celebrating women this month with events, activities, art and lectures. Here is just a sampling of the places that are celebrating women in a big way during Women’s History Month. Call ahead for details and fees.

Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave.
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 371-7999

Date: March 11 and 12, 2014

On March 11, the 50th Anniversary Colloquia Series at Sacred Heart University will present a lecture by the esteemed Dr. Yi-Chun Tricia Lin. The lecturer is the distinguished president of National Women’s Studies Association. In addition to this, she also chairs the Women’s Studies Department at Southern Connecticut University. The program is sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series and is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart’s University Commons. This lecture will be followed on March 12 by “A Real Life Milgram Experiment: The Strip-Search Scam.” Featured in this session are clips from the controversial movie “Compliance.” The focus is on the more than 60 restaurants where female employees were humiliated by strip search and other acts of degradation. The film will be discussed and examined from “psychological, sociological, criminological, and theological perspectives.” The Sacred Heart faculty will lead the discussions at 2 p.m. in the University Commons.

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 236-5621

Date: March 2014

Jenny Steadman, the adult program manager at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), said that there’s a current exhibit of women’s photography titled “Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers” that visitors will be able to continue to enjoy through March 29. These female photographers reveal how women shot photos of “personal and local history” from the 1800s to the mid-1900s. In addition to this, there are three other programs planned for the celebratory month. First is “Connecticut’s Modern Women Photographers and Their Fine Art Processes,” on March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Women photographers discuss their careers and various processes that they use to transform their work. On March 11, costume and textile historian Lynne Z. Bassett introduces visitors to quilt making in early eras. Especially noteworthy is that the second half of the event focuses on women’s diaries which describe the labor of quilting. March 12 brings Lynne Z. Bassett back for a discussion on the important artifacts in women’s lives. Do call ahead because there are fees that may or may not include lunch.

Stratford Library
2203 Main St.
Stratford, CT 06615
(203) 385-4164

Tom Holehan, the program coordinator at Stratford Library, said that two events honoring Women’s History Month will take place in the Lovell’s Room. The first is the March 10 showing of the film “Blue Jasmine,” which was directed by Woody Allen and has already won a Golden Globe and is nominated for three Academy Awards. The movie has been compared to “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a famous play by Tennessee Williams. Both the film and the play focus on a woman who is down on her luck and who moves from high society to live with her sister in the poor part of town. The film will be shown at noon in the Lovell Room.

Second on the agenda for celebrating Women’s History Month is a “Books Over Coffee” session scheduled for noon on March 26. This lively discussion, led by educator/author Kathy Faggella, will focus on Kate Atkinson’s bestselling book, “Life After Life.” This is a fascinating account of a woman who lives, dies and returns time after time thanks to the pen of the author who controls the choices her protagonist makes and often gives her character a few more chances at life. This discussion is scheduled for noon in the Lovell Room.

Sheryl Sandberg at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest St.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 522-9258

Date: March 5, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is a great place to be if anyone wants to really celebrate National Women’s History Month. This is because on March 5, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and one of the country’s most important women, will talk about why women’s “voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives.” This is especially true in corporate and government positions, where men still dominate even though half of the people graduating college these days are women. Sandberg will present “Lean In” and in her talk, she will examine why women are not being heard as well as how women can empower themselves to reach their goals. The event is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The Crimson Thread at Seven Angels Theatre
1 Plank Road
Waterbury, CT 06705
(203) 757-4676

Date: Through March 16, 2014

Artistic Director Semina DeLaurentis has been adding more plays featuring women in the lead roles. Most of March will feature “The Crimson Thread,” by Mary Hanes, which premiered at Seven Angels in 1994. It features three generations of women. Specifically, it focuses on three Irish sisters, whose stories span the years 1869-1911. Moving from poor farms in Ireland to fishing ports in Massachusetts, this play ends up in New York City. The show will run through March 16, linked in time for Women’s History Month.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.