How to Honor National Women’s History Month
March 8, 2019
The nation’s capital is rich with history, which makes it a great place to celebrate National Women’s History Month. With International Women’s Day approaching on March 8, there are plenty of places and events in the DMV just a short trip away from your college apartment to honor the tremendous accomplishments of women.
Museums to Visit
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
This house was purchased in 1929 by the National Woman’s Party to become the headquarters for their efforts to fight for women’s equality. Today, the house is a women’s history museum with items related to the fight for women’s suffrage on display including signs, political cartoons, artifacts, and the nation’s first feminist library. Belmont-Paul is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It offers walking tours, open houses, and special talks throughout March to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington
Head to Arlington to see the only national memorial honoring U.S. servicewomen through history. The memorial honors the service of military women and hosts a museum dedicated to educating and empowering the public. The memorial and museum are free and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
This is the only museum in the world dedicated to displaying, studying, and celebrating the work of female artists. The museum exclusively recognizes the contributions of women artists in an effort to change how women continue to be underrepresented in galleries and museums. They are holding special gallery talks and events to celebrate National Women’s History Month throughout March. Their calendar of events can be found here.
National Geographic Museum: ‘Queens of Egypt’
March 1 – September 2
Journey back in time to the 18th and 19th dynasties of ancient Egypt to learn about the legacy of some of the world’s earliest female leaders. The Queens of Egypt exhibit explores the daily lives of queens such as Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut. The exhibit features over 300 precious objects, including jewelry and sarcophagi, and a 3-D tour of a tomb in the Valley of Queens.
National Portrait Gallery: ‘Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence’
March 29th – January 5, 2020
The exhibit ‘Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence’ honors the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Through portraits, cultural artifacts, and biographies learn about the radical women that fought slavery, the women activists of the late 1800s, the suffragists of the 1910s, and more. The exhibit will also explore the struggles minority women still face today 100 years after the 19th Amendment passed.
The National Museum of American History: ‘All Work and No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor’
March 4, 2019 – February 2020
The National Museum of American History has several exhibits on display that honor National Women’s History Month. The First Ladies explores the unofficial, but important position of First Lady and the different ways women have made their own contributions to presidential administrations and the nation. Just in time for Women’s History Month, All Work and No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor highlights women’s work in the home, the issue of unwaged labor, and the inequality of this outdated societal assumption. Finally, learn about Julia Child’s kitchen and how she changed food history in America at the FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000 exhibit.
Grab a drink at the first women-owned distillery in D.C. Take a tour of the Republic Restoratives distillery, check out the tasting room, or have a craft cocktail at the bar.
19: The Musical
Take a night to see this new show that highlights the struggles and triumphs of the suffragists who fought for the 19th Amendment nearly 100 years ago. The musical has upcoming shows in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Take a moment to step back from the chaos of college to honor the trailblazing women that came before us. Grab your friends and check out these March events near your college apartment.