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

Check out women-powered festivals, live-streams, museum re-openings and so much more!

In Washington, DC, we celebrate the contributions of women all year long, including food and drink spots and women-inspired museums, exhibits and attractions. In honor of March's designation as Women's History Month, we’ve gathered up a list of events, festivals and virtual pop-ups for you to celebrate the occasion.

Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood  – Ongoing
Mary Ellen Mark, an icon of modern photography, captured the candid spirits of people on the outskirts of society – the overlooked subjects. 'Girlhood' presents Mark’s depictions of girls and young women around the world in a variety of lifestyles and circumstances.

SAAM Women Filmmakers Festival – March 1-21
Tune into three weeks of intellectual and inspiring work by three female filmmakers organized around the theme of 'Her History Lessons'. These featured works all reflect on the past to connect our history to today’s crises. Each week’s screening will be accompanied by a live virtual discussion with the filmmakers and various Smithsonian curators.
Various times


She DC - March 1-31
Join Shop Made in DC for their month-long initiative to celebrate DC-area women artists. Shop the SHE DC marketplace at The Roost, tune into virtual studio chats and stop by the three Shop Made in DC locations (Dupont Circle, Georgetown and the Wharf) for a curated art show.


Reopening of National Museum of Women in the Arts - March 3

The only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts, The National Museum of Women in the Arts NMWA reopens with 'Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend', an exhibit that celebrates Blackness through textile and sculpture. Learn how to safely visit the museum by checking out its safety guidelines.


Secret History of History: Three Ordinary Girls – March 3
Uncover the secrets of unlikely World War II heroes – three Dutch teenagers who became spies, saboteurs and Nazi assassins. Award-winning author Tim Brady will discuss his book, 'Three Ordinary Girls', which explores this female trio’s persistent path to fearless resistance.
12-1 p.m.


A Visual Perspective of DC Through the Lens of Black Women Photographers – March 4
Take part in this live discussion via YouTube presented by the DC Public Library. The discussion will feature the stories of three female photographers whose works are currently a part of the virtual photographic exhibition, 'Washington, DC: City of Interest, City of Change'.
7 p.m.


The Tea: Black Alley  – March 5
Tune into this month’s exclusive livestream for the unique and funky sounds of DC-based group Black Alley. The female-led trio has created their own sound, dubbed “hood rock” and featuring a blend of rock, hip-hop and go-go.
12-1 p.m.


Wikipedia Art+Feminism Virtual Edit-a-thon – March 6
Take part in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) eighth Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, which will focus on improving Wikipedia entries related to notable women artists and art world figures. The goal of this global initiative is to better the gender imbalance of Wikipedia and strengthen the representation of women artists of color, with an emphasis on women of African descent whose work is included in NMWA’s collection.
10 a.m.


International Women’s Day: Virtual Festival – March 8
Join the NMWA for a day full of virtual celebrations this International Women’s Day! Heighten your knowledge of women in the arts through insightful conversations and an in-depth look at inspiring work. Top off the day of festivities with a happy hour inspired by Julia Lopez and a livestreamed performance.
11 a.m. –7:30 p.m.


Searching for Suffrage with Kimberly Hamlin – March 9
Get the inside scoop on Helen Hamilton Gardener, who was a passionate women’s suffrage activist and at one point, the highest ranking woman in federal government, as Kimberly A. Hamlin discusses her new book, 'Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener'. The discussion will unveil how researchers search for and discover relevant materials in women's history in the Library of Congress.
12-1 p.m.


Wonderful Women Creating Change – March 10
Go behind-the-scenes of the Smithsonian and its connection to 'Wonder Woman 1984'. Hear from female curators who will dive into the history of women at the Smithsonian in the 1970s and '80s, as well as explore the Smithsonian’s collection of materials from the creator of the 'Wonder Woman' comic, William Moulton Marston.
5 p.m.


Virtual Book Talk With Katherine Landdeck – March 18
Join the National Museum of the US Army for a live virtual discussion with author Dr. Katherine Landdeck about her new book, 'The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II'. Dr. Luddeck tells the inspiring story of women who fought for the right to serve their country.
7 p.m.


Virtual Historical Tea: Votes For Women! – March 20
This engaging conversation will explore the fight for the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, through objects at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum. Sip on your favorite beverage while you interact with the experts, your own friends and historic women’s suffrage activist Madam C.J. Walker.
2-3:30 p.m.


Invisible Warriors - A Film Screening and Discussion with Gregory Cooke – March 21
Celebrate 'Rosie the Riveter Day' by hearing from a diverse group of Black Rosie the Riveters in the film, 'Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II'. The documentary highlights some of the first Black women to work in industry and government administrative service, sharing their stories of life during the war.
2 p.m.


The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights – March 30
Dig deep into lesser-known stories of abolition, the Underground Railroad, the early women’s rights movement and the Civil War, told from the perspective of Harriet Tubman, Martha Wright and Frances Seward. Dorothy Wickenden tells the story of how these friends and neighbors worked together to aide freedom seekers in any way possible during the mid-19th-century.
12-1 p.m.


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