Celebrate Women’s History Month in VR

Oculus Blog
March 28, 2022

Women’s History Month honors the contributions women have made to history and contemporary culture. Today, we’re highlighting a diverse mix of content that features strong women leaders, storytellers, and creators whose narratives are paving the way for women today and in the future. We’ll update this blog post every week of the month to add new things to check out throughout March.

First up, here are all the ways to celebrate in Horizon Venues:

Always On: Charli XCX
Now through March 6 @ 11:59 pm PT

Enjoy highlights from Charli XCX’s 2020 performance in Venues. Electro pop star Charli XCX dropped her newest album “how i’m feeling now” in 2020. Written, recorded, and released during quarantine, the hit British artist also collaborated with fans along the way to produce the record. Watch the “Boom Clap” and “1999” singer-songwriter kick off our exclusive concert series, in partnership with TIDAL.

Always On: Billie Eilish at Governors Ball
Now through March 31 @ 11:09 pm PT

Watch Billie Eilish take the stage at Governors Ball music festival for a headlining performance. On the heels of her latest album, “Happier Than Ever,” she performed live from New York City.

Always On: Kizuna AI // The Last Live “hello, world 2022”
Now through March 31 @ 11:59 pm PT

Kizuna AI and over 1,000 virtual friends! Kizuna AI has gone into a sleep period to update her system to better connect with everyone around the world. Kizuna AI was born through a singularity in 2016 to connect with her human friends. Kizuna AI has created many miracles, and the path she has created continues to bring more miracles and excitement (even today). The ""Bond (Kizuna)"" Kizuna AI has created will never disappear, but the last time you can see this Kizuna AI as of 2022 will be in this concert. Kizuna AI started her music activities to better connect with everyone around the world. ""hello world 2022"" was the last concert performed on February 26.

End of the Line
March 7 // 8:00 – 9:28 pm PT

The Women of Standing Rock is the incredible story of a small group of indigenous women who risk their lives to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that desecrated their ancient burial and prayer sites and threatens their land, water, and very existence. When the population of their peaceful protest camp exceeds 10,000, the women find themselves the leaders of a global movement.

Shut Up Sona
March 14 // 7:00 – 8:30 pm PT

Shut Up Sona is a film about today’s India at odds with the modern Indian woman. It is an intimate journey with Sona Mohapatra—famous singer, performer, and troublemaker by choice! Being on the receiving end of blasphemy lawsuits, internet trolling, and death threats are all in a day’s work for the Indian singer and leading #MeToo activist. Over three years, filmmaker Deepti Gupta follows Sona as she battles with music execs and India’s patriarchal traditions in her fight for equal space in the music industry and beyond. Laced with sarcasm, wit, and a bite of craziness, Shut Up Sona is a musical about art, gender, and our right to exist with a voice.

There are also plenty of ways to immerse yourself in women’s history and culture beyond Horizon Venues.

The Sun Ladies
In 2014, ISIS fighters invaded Iraq and targeted the Yazidi community of Sinjar. The men were killed and the women and girls taken as sex slaves. Some of the women who escaped started a female-only fighting unit called the Sun Ladies to bring back their sisters and protect the honor and dignity of their people. The Sun Ladies VR experience is an in-depth look at the personal journey of the captain of the Sun Ladies, Xate Singali—from her roots as a famous singer in Kurdistan to her new life as a soldier on the front lines, risking everything to stop the violence against her people.

Girl Icon
“I want girls to look at me and think they can achieve anything they want,” says 17-year-old Rani, from Varanasi, India. Rani’s community and the Hindu caste system limit her family to washing clothes and linen for a living. But Rani is determined to finish school and train to become an army officer. In Girl Icon, Rani gives us an intimate glimpse of her life, hopes, challenges, and dreams—and how she’s helping other girls in her community. Directed by Sadah Espii Proctor, this project is part of the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab program in partnership with Malala Fund and Milaan Foundation.

Greenham Common is now a public park, just outside the town of Newbury, United Kingdom. RAF Greenham Common was a military base and home for the US Air Force, which stored nuclear armed missiles there during the Cold War. The Greenham Common Womens’ Peace Camp was formed as an anti-war, anti-nuclear protest that lasted for 19 years and, at times, was a temporary home for many thousands of women. GREENHAM interweaves the sights and sounds of Greenham Common with a striking visual narrative and the accounts of women who were present there.

Career Women - Tokyo Origami
Gender roles in the Japanese workplace have undergone a significant shift in recent years, only expedited by work-from-home culture resulting from the pandemic. A new class of confident and entrepreneurial women is replacing a traditionally male-dominated workplace. Meet Risako, a young fashion designer who uses VR to design her elaborate pieces inspired by nature and her love of books. You’ll also be introduced to Imada-san, an internet entrepreneur and CEO of Infobahn Group as you follow her on a tour of her modern offices filled with designers and 3D printers. She’s passionate about women taking a prominent role in the workplace and encouraging young women to follow in her footsteps as they lead Japan into the future.

Looking for more ways to celebrate Women’s History Month in VR? Check back each week during the month of March for an update.

Update 3/8/2022: As Women’s History Month continues and in observance of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting more content available on Quest.

Learn about women’s lived experiences in this collection of narratives.

Memorable, intelligent, and determined women characters are a crucial part of these games’ stories.

Maureen Fan is CEO of Baobab Studios, a multiple Emmy® Award-winning interactive entertainment studio that crafts memorable narrative experiences.

Samantha Gorman is CEO and Co-Founder of Tender Claws, a multiple award-winning developer of humorous, quirky, and thought-provoking games.

Ana Ribeiro is Creative Director of ARVORE Immersive Experiences, leading the XR studio's efforts on retro-inspired games featuring female lead characters.

Saweetie x Chlöe Bailey - Icy University: Season 2
Class is now in session! Tap in for an icy education.

Lonely Dance
Lonely dancer performing a lonely dance.

Costume Wings - Alexis Noriega - TESTED VR
Costumer Alexis Noriega’s love of fantasy and cosplay has turned into a career engineering mechanical wings for cosplayers and performers. Visit The Crooked Feather workshop to see how she constructs these wings that are made to be worn.

Update 3/16/2022: As Women’s History Month continues, we’re highlighting more content available on Quest.

Women in Spaceflight - Space Explorers: Highlights
The story of women in spaceflight, past and present.

All-Woman Spacewalk - Space Explorers: Highlights
Reflections on Christina Koch and Jessica Meir’s historic first all-woman space walk.

Pursuing a Big Dream - Space Explorers: Highlights
Anne McClain on keeping focused on her dream of being an astronaut.

Lifetime Experience - Space Explorers: Highlights
Anne McClain on moments as an astronaut that she will never forget.

Meet the Pilots
Who are the pilots we’re following in our 360/VR docuseries? Fly alongside Nour, Hannah, and Teara in virtual reality and learn why they are committed to increasing diversity in all areas of the aviation world. Learn more about the series at withthewindandthestars.com. P.S. Nour and Hannah filmed these 360 shots themselves 😉

360° Wingwalker Part 1
“For me, wingwalking is about the ultimate freedom,” says Carol Pilon. “And once you’ve tasted that type of freedom, you just can’t ever go back.” Take a 360° tour with her through the air.

Update 3/21/2022: As Women’s History Month continues, we’re highlighting more content available on Quest.

NBA Halftime Show Interview with Renee Montgomery
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns | NBA 2021-2022

March 27, 2022 // 3:00 – 6:00 pm PT

Join us for a halftime interview with Renee Montgomery where you’ll learn about her experience being the first woman commentator for the NBA in Meta Quest, what excites her most about VR, and how VR changes the sports experience.

New Realities: 10 Extraordinary Young Women, 10 Countries, One World
New Realities is a 360° film series that lets you walk through a portal and into the world of 10 young women who are leading the conversation around the burning issues of today. Inspirational and insightful, immerse yourself in their stories and learn more about this groundbreaking project at Lenovo.com/NewRealities.

Update 3/28/2022: As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we’re highlighting more content available on Quest.

Uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos through this powerful, immersive spectacle that fuses art with science. Using hand tracking and light interactivity, join with the universe and bring life to the veiled symphony of sound and light. Directed by Eliza McNitt, from Executive Producers Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and narrated by Millie Bobby Brown, Jessica Chastain, and Patti Smith.

In Moss, players meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her settlement. While exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side. Together, you’ll travel to forgotten realms, solve challenging puzzles, and battle menacing enemies. Alone, no one can conquer what you’re up against. But united, you just may defeat even the darkest of villains.

We Live Here

Rockey lives in a tent in a park. We meet her on the day police and sanitation workers come to clear the park of the homeless people seeking shelter there. Rockey flees, unable to salvage her personal belongings. Through interactivity, explore Rockey’s personal objects, which hold Rockey’s memories and illustrate her past. Pick up her journal to reveal an animated poem, the story of the first homeless man Rockey saw when she was 10. Find a small wooden box filled with Rockey’s photos. Wind up a music box to hear Rockey’s dream of having a home again. Pick up a small cut-out of a motorcycle and open up a psychedelic animation telling the story of the day Rockey got married on the back of a motorcycle on her way to Sturges. Finally, a novel from Rockey’s childhood opens to reveal an animation of Rockey’s last desire—to be a cowboy.