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13 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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A visitor with Zilia Sánchez, Lunar con tatuaje (Moon with Tattoo), c. 1968/96. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 × 72 × 12 in., Collection of the artist, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. Photo: Rhiannon Newman

Zilia Sánchez: ‘Soy Isla (I Am an Island)’ – Through May 19
Head to The Phillips Collection to check out the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sànchez. You’ll encounter more than 60 works from the artist’s nearly 70-year career, from paintings to shaped canvases to sculptures to illustrations. Her work incorporates mythological heroes, lunar shapes, geometry and topologies. Sánchez’s travels have taken her to Europe, New York and Puerto Rico, leading to an incredibly diverse tapestry of art.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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@hannah.zakaria - Sunrise at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - Free history and heritage museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘The REDress Project’ – March 1-31
In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of the American Indian will host this outdoor art installation from Jaime Black. Empty red dresses situated outside on the north side of the building will symbolize missing or murdered Indigenous women. Black’s work serves as an alarming reminder of the gendered and racialized violence frequently dealt with by Native women. On March 21, the artist will participate in Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women, a symposium that will feature harrowing stories and ignite important conversations about the issue at-hand.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Queens of Egypt exhibit at the National Geographic Museum - Museum exhibits in Washington, DC

‘Queens of Egypt’ – March 1 – Sept. 2
The National Geographic Museum invites you to journey back 3,500 years with this exciting new exhibit that marks the re-opening of the museum after its temporary closure to install the incredible display. You’ll be immersed in the 18th and 19th dynasties of ancient Egypt and learn of the daily lives of queens such as Nefertiti, Nefertari and Hatsheput. Queens of Egypt will feature some 350 objects, including statues, jewelry and sarcophagi, and will offer a 3-D tour of a tomb in the Valley of Queens.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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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’ – March 4 – Feb. 2020
Ideally timed for Women's History Month, this exhibit at the National Museum of American History will highlight women's work in the home and the corresponding issue of unwaged labor. “Costumes” for domestic work ranging from colonial times to the 1990s will 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. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Queen of Basel at Studio Theatre - Spring performing arts and theater in Washington, DC

‘Queen of Basel’ – March 6 – April 7
Hillary Bettis, a star playwright and former writer for FX’s universally acclaimed The Americans, penned this explosive story that combines issues of class, race and power in Miami Beach. Art Basel is Miami’s week-long party and real estate heiress Julie is at its center. But after an argument with her mogul father and a collision with a tray of cocktails, Julie considers her next move, which will involve a waitress and an ambitious Uber driver. Don’t miss this modern-day take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie at Studio Theatre.
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Presents 'ROCK LIKE A GIRL!' - Women's History Month event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

This event sees the Kennedy Center and BLACK GIRLS ROCK! join together to celebrate the immense contributions of black women to the arts around the world. The night will be filled with transcendent performers, including the Grammy-nominated talents of Jazmine Sullivan and Mumu Fresh.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Crowd at National Gallery of Art Evenings on the Edge event - Things to do at Washington, DC museums

Evenings at the Edge: Wonder Women – March 14
The National Gallery of Art’s Evenings at the Edge series returns to the East Building for spring with this night entirely dedicated to women. The all-female tap sensation Syncopated Ladies, which features two sisters from DC, will be on-hand to showcase their jaw-dropping talent. Attendees will also be able to view legendary art by women and hear their stories via pop-up talks, as well as craft their own female superhero.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Register (free admission)
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue at the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Free art exhibit in Washington, DC

‘Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue’ – March 15 – Sept. 2
Tiffany Chung is a multimedia mastermind, and this installation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum looks to be a masterpiece. Chung’s father fought alongside American forces during the Vietnam War, and her family came to the U.S. during the post-war exodus from the country. Past Is Prologue features video interviews, photos, watercolors, texts and hand-drawn maps that reveal the jaw-dropping scale of the war and its still-echoing impact, all gathered by Chung through painstaking research. The exhibit will paint a riveting portrait of how one war drastically re-shaped contemporary society.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Votes for Women Day event at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - Free events celebrating Women's History Month in Washington, DC

Votes for Women Day – March 16
In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center joins its partners in hosting a day filled with activities. The event will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which officially gave women the right to vote. You will be able to hear stories of Americans who used their voices to inspire change, make a mini-banner, enjoy a scavenger hunt and so much more. Admission is free.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, First Street NE, Washington, DC 20515

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Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

‘Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling’ – March 22 – July 28
German artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, who spent years in refugee camps at the end of World War II, composes monumental sculptures that incorporate cedar, leather, linen and other materials, crafted through labor-intensive (and at times dangerous) processes. The Contour of Feeling marks the grandest exhibition of von Rydingsvard’s work in the U.S. and her first solo exhibition in DC at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The abstract pieces evoke biographical, religious and cultural connotations, but all the while maintain a sense of mystery that only von Rydingsvard can provide.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Ariana Grande concert at Capital One Arena this March in Washington, DC

Ariana Grande – March 25
Although she’s only been a pop music superstar for roughly four years (as opposed to zero days for most humans), Ariana Grande has been so prevalent on radios and televisions that it feels as if she’s been showing off her incredible voice and talent for decades. Her Sweetener world tour will hit DC’s Capital One Arena with a bang this March, and expect a stadium packed with adoring fans. Excitement will be at a fever pitch for this 25-year-old’s show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence - Women's suffrage exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in DC

‘Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence’ – March 29 – Jan. 5, 2020
The National Portrait Gallery honors the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with this highly anticipated exhibit. You’ll learn about the radical women that fought slavery, the women activists of the late 1800s, the “New Woman” of the 20th century and the relentless suffragists of the 1910s through a series of portraits, cultural artifacts and biographies. The exhibit will also examine the struggles that minority women still face today, 100 years after the 19th Amendment passed. Find even more ways to celebrate the achievements of women in DC.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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'Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912' - Free museum exhibit at the Smithsonian Freer | Sackler galleries in Washington, DC

‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912’ – March 30 – June 23
The Freer|Sackler galleries present the first-ever, in-depth exhibition on the women of the Qing dynasty, which lasted roughly 260 years. Empresses will elaborate on how Qing women were vital to the success of the dynasty and were in no way passive – the empresses rode horses, performed royal duties, traveled and exerted influence in the arts, religion and politics. The exhibit will feature numerous relics, including paintings, royal portraits, Buddhist sutras, costumes, jewelry and furniture, many of which came from the imperial complex used by the empresses known as the Forbidden City.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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