How To Celebrate Women’s History Month
It’s March, which means Women’s History Month has officially arrived. All month long, we’ll be honoring the contributions of women to our culture and society throughout the years. From science to politics, it’s a chance to reflect on the trailblazing women who lead the way for change — and we’re here to make sure you don’t miss a minute.
Keep reading for all the ways you can celebrate Women’s History Month in DC this year!
#1 Silent Sentinel Sunday Walking Tours At Freedom Plaza: Beginning in January 1917, members of the National Woman’s Party picketed the White House six days per week, holding signs and banners asking for the right to vote. They were harassed by spectators, had their signs forcibly taken and destroyed, and were eventually arrested for crimes like “obstructing traffic.” Join a National Park Service ranger from the Belmont-Paul House on a 45-minute walking tour to learn more about how these peaceful protests affected public views of suffrage.
#2 Music HerStory Zine Workshops At The National Museum of American History: In the days before the internet, handmade magazines fueled a sense of community among readers who lived far apart but connected over shared interests — whether that was punk rock, feminism, or anything else. Artist and storyteller Evan Keeling discusses the history of zines and teaches how to create your own during two workshops at the National Museum of American History’s conference center. The morning session is for families, while an afternoon session is targeted at teenagers and adults. Each is scheduled to last between two to three hours, and supplies are included.
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#3 Women’s History Month Sunday concert series at the National Gallery of Art: Each Sunday in May, the National Gallery’s West Garden Court comes alive with music composed by women and performed by gifted female artists. Emily Levin, the principal harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, leads off the series on March 5; on March 26, pianist Inna Faliks presents the DC premier of Veronika Krausas’s Master and Margarita Suite for Piano. And on Wednesday, March 8, pianist Sarah Cahill performs works stretching from the baroque period to today.
#4 Washington Women In Jazz: It’s been more than a decade since pianist Amy K. Bormet started the Washington Women in Jazz festival to showcase talented local musicians, and this year, her trio kicks off a month of performances with a show at Blues Alley on March 6. Catch multiple gigs by female artists around town, including an 18-piece big band at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, a showcase by jazz students from colleges across the Mid-Atlantic held at Mr. Henry’s, and bassist Zoë Jorgenson’s trio at the Goethe-Institute.
#5 The Elden Street Tea Shop’s Tea Party: Visit the Elden Street Tea Shop for a Women’s History Month tea party on Sunday, March 19. During the event—which will offer a variety of teas and treats—organizers will explain the history of tea and its connections to women’s lives and relationships. Guests are even welcome to arrive dressed as their favorite female historical figure, and the best-dressed wins a prize.
#6 Annual Women’s History Month Pop-Up: On Saturday, March 25, join Yin. Women’s Social Club for the 2nd annual Women’s History Month pop-up event at Bitter Grace boutique. Guests can shop from local vendors, sample wines from the Wine Concierge, and network with fellow WHM celebrants. For each ticket purchased, 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to House of Ruth, a DC organization that provides housing and support to women and children impacted by domestic violence.