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20 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in Washington, DC

@peruvianmafiosa - Visitor at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Women-focused attraction and museum in Washington, DC

Enjoy events, concerts and museum exhibits that showcase women's contributions and talents all month long.

The nation’s capital is a great place to celebrate the success of women, especially during March, which carries the title of Women's History Month. There are plenty of ways to pay homage to the tremendous accomplishments of women, from checking out a new museum exhibit to experiencing a live show. After you’ve checked out what’s happening in the next few weeks, dig deeper with our women-focused places to go in DC.

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'One Life: Marian Anderson' exhibit at National Portrait Gallery from June 28, 2019 to May 17, 2020
‘One Life: Marian Anderson’ – Through May 17
A singer, diplomat and muse, not to mention a strong fighter against segregationist policies, Marian Anderson was an iconic figure of mid-20th century America. Her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 was a monumental moment, but this National Portrait Gallery exhibit dives much deeper, displaying paintings, photos, personal effects and archival materials that highlight Anderson’s stirring and influential career.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Mary Ann Meade / Meade Brothers Studio / c. 1850, Sixth-plate daguerreotype / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Emerson Lyons
‘Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits’ – Through May 31
See daguerreotypes and ambrotypes of icons such as Margaret Fuller, Lucy Stone, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Lucretia Mott in this exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. While these women were doing incredible work in advancing civil rights, portrait photography was on the rise. The historic portrayals are all the more poignant in 2020, as the work of these women still reverberates today.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC
‘I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa’ – Through July 5
This exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art draws on the museum’s permanent collection to feature 28 women artists that take on topics of faith, community, racism, identity, the environment and politics in their stunning work. Utilizing a range of media, the exhibit shows visitors how these artists have powerfully contributed to the dialogues on the most important issues of our time.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote - Free exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC
'Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote' – Through September
The seven-decade struggle for women’s suffrage is illuminated in striking detail in this exhibit at the Library of Congress. Visitors can retrace stories of diverse women who changed America. The exhibition draws from the collections of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Mary Church Terrell and other suffragists – in their own words. Photographs, film footage and rare manuscripts will transport visitors back in time as women took their place in the public square. Use #ShallNotBeDenied to share your experiences at the museum.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540

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Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote - Free women's suffrage exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, DC
‘Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote’ – Through Jan. 3, 2021
This 3,000-square-foot exhibit at the National Archives uses more than 90 items, including records, artifacts and photographs, to tell the complex story of diverse suffragists in securing women’s voting rights. The exhibit also goes well beyond 1920 to show the relentless struggle that occurred throughout U.S. history to win voting rights for all women.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
National Archives, 701 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408

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Museum at the Daughters of the American Revolution headquarters - Museums in Washington, DC
‘Ordinary Equality: DAR Members and the Road to Women’s Suffrage, 1890-1920’ – Through January 2021
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum & Archives showcases how its members helped secure voting rights for women through social reform. You’ll see photographs, biographies, letters and more that highlight the accomplishments of more than 40 women. Admission is free. Note that the museum is closed on Sundays.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
DAR Museum & Archives, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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@washingtondcua - Tour guide with group in Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Free museum in Washington, DC
‘All Work and No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor’ – Ongoing
This exhibit at the National Museum of American History highlights women’s work in the home and the corresponding issue of unwaged labor. “Costumes” for domestic work ranging from colonial times to the 1990s show how women are expected to manage the housework regardless of class, race, culture or community. Visitors will be able to learn the inequality and unfairness of this outdated societal assumption through artifacts and images.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Women participate in the Holi ceremony, the festival of love and colors, which was once considered inappropriate for widows, at the Gopinath Temple in India.
'Women: A Century of Change' – Ongoing
Drawing from National Geographic’s epic photo collection, this exhibit highlights iconic women from around the world and across centuries. You will see the evolution of the depiction of women since National Geographic was founded in 1888 as well as stunning photography and behind-the-scenes stories from Lynsay Addario, Jodi Cobb and Ami Vitale. Images of women in power are also displayed, including portraits of Dr. Jane Goodall, Emma González, Nancy Pelosi and many more.
Tickets
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Ilana Glazer from Broad City
Ilana Glazer – March 4
Creator and star of one of the best sitcoms of the past decade, Ilana Glazer is a multifaceted writer and performer with a lot to say, most of it absolutely hilarious and insightful. After the indelible Broad City concluded its run on Comedy Central last year, Glazer is blazing a new career path that is sure to keep her fans guessing … and cackling. Check her out at the Warner Theatre.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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 Ms. Lauryn Hill with Alice Smith at The Kennedy Center DC
BGR!Fest 2020 – March 5-8
The Kennedy Center will host this four-day celebration that showcases the incredible talents of black women and coincides with the weekend of International Women’s Day (March 8). BGR!Fest (the “BGR” stands for “Black Girls Rock”) offers performances and talks that will elevate the genius of black women artists and thinkers. Ms. Lauryn Hill is the headliner (Alice Smith will open for her), and you can also expect to see Maimouna Youssef, Victory Boyd, Naturi Naughton, Tarana J. Burke and many more. There’s also a secret show loaded with surprises that you will not want to miss. Purchase your tickets ASAP as this will be a major early-March attraction.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Einstein and his wife, Mileva Maric play at ExPats theatre in DC
ExPats Theatre: ‘Einstein’s Wife’ – March 5-22
You’re familiar with Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity. But did you know that Einstein’s first wife, the physicist and mathematician Mileva Maric, was a substantial contributor to the man’s scientific success? The Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts this ExPats Theatre production that dives deep into Maric and Einstein’s tumultuous relationship that was torn apart by motherhood and a culture not ready to honor the professional accomplishments of women.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Gold pen used to sign joint resolution for 19th Amendment, 1919
‘Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage' – Opens March 6
In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Museum of American History features this exhibit that will highlight the incredible achievements of women in winning suffrage, as well as the legislation’s impact. The centerpiece is a six-foot-tall portrait of Susan B. Anthony, but visitors can also view a range of items donated by the National American Women’s Suffrage Association and contemporary artifacts such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s gavel.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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International Women's Day
International Women’s Day at NMWA – March 8
The National Museum of Women in the Arts will offer free admission for International Women’s Day to go along with a variety of special programs. You’ll be treated to docent-led conversations, live music, hands-on activities, a women authors book swap, story time and displays from a range of vendors, including Georgetown Cupcake and Salt & Sundry.
12-5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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RIOT! An International Women’s Day Comedy Event at The Kennedy Center DC
‘RIOT! An International Women’s Day Comedy Event’ – March 8
Celebrate International Women’s Day by laughing your butt off at some of the most talented female comedic performers in the world. The all-star lineup for this special event at the Kennedy Center includes Sasheer Zamata, Margaret Cho, Jen Kirkman, Dulcé Sloan and Catherine Cohen. Advice: buy a ticket as soon as you finish reading this, as last year’s show was a major hit with DC audiences.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Linda Nochlin looking at a painting
‘Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She’ – March 8 - July 31
On view in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Library and Research Center, this exhibit will showcase the tremendous impact of scholar, historian and critic Linda Nochlin. In a career spanning decades, Nochlin emphasized the importance of appreciating female thinkers, artists and activists. The Maverick She will feature a selection of Nochlin’s papers and other artifacts that showcase her contributions to art and culture.
Hours and Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Celine Dion at Capital One Arena
Celine Dion – March 11
How could your heart possibly go on if you miss this show at Capital One Arena? Alright, sorry, now that that’s out of the way, we’ll share that Celine Dion is one of the most successful stars in the history of pop music. After her Las Vegas residency was met with packed houses and critical acclaim, Dion has embarked on her first U.S. tour in more than a decade. The iconic singer will fill Capital One Arena for an evening filled with #1 hits.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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People standing in the National Gallery of Art
NGA Nights: GRL PWR – March 12
The National Gallery of Art’s free nighttime event series returns this March with an evening dedicated to women. Les the DJ will spin songs by legendary female artists, all-women Afro-Brazilian drum group Batalá Washington will thump their way through three electrifying performances and pop-up talks will detail the brilliance of female-identifying artists.
6 - 9 p.m. | Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Modern Fairytale, BAPS, at Warner Theatre in DC
Je’Caryous Johnson presents ‘B.A.P.S.’ – March 13-15
Acclaimed writer/director/producer Je’Caryous Johnson brings this urban fairy tale to the Warner Theatre stage. Nisi and Mickey hope to become successful entrepreneurs, but keep coming up short. However, thanks to some “black girl magic,” they’re able to morph an ailing millionaire into an upbeat character who praises them as his own Black American Princesses (B.A.P.S.). This fun story is a perfect fit for Women’s History Month.
Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women Artists of Latin America – March 14
For its seventh annual Art+Feminism edit-a-thon and to commemorate the women’s suffrage centennial, the National Museum of Women in the Arts invites you to improve and create Wikipedia entries for Latin American women artists. All are welcome – just bring a laptop and your desire to combat gender bias. Last year, this initiative impacted or built 21,000 Wikipedia pages in total.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Billie Eilish at Capital One Arena
Billie Eilish – March 18
The bad guy (girl) is coming to DC. Billie Eilish is coming off one hell of a night at the Grammy Awards, where she took home five trophies, including Album of the Year. The 18-year old has already had a career’s worth of successes, and she’s just getting started. As you may conclude, tickets will be in high demand for this concert at Capital One Arena.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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