March isn’t just for shamrocks and leprechauns; it’s also the month to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of women throughout history! National Women’s History Month kicks off on March 1st, thanks to the hard work of activists who fought for equality.

Back in 1910, International Women’s Day started as a protest against child labor and unfair working conditions. It grew into a month-long celebration in 1987, thanks to Congress. Now, we dedicate March to honoring women’s contributions and achievements across all fields, from science to politics to the arts.

During March, events, programs, and initiatives all over the country celebrate women’s history and progress. They also spark important conversations about gender equality. It’s a time to shine a spotlight on the amazing women who’ve changed our world and inspire future generations to keep pushing for their dreams.

Here are some fun ways to join in the celebration in the DMV area:

1. National Museum of Women in the Arts – Explore over 5,500 works of art by women artists from the 16th century to today. They’re hosting a range of events on March 8th, including yoga, gallery talks, and a keynote by Ferren Gipson, author of Women’s Work: From Feminine Arts to Feminist Art.

2. Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum – Although it’s not a physical building yet, you can still dive into their digital collection highlighting women’s stories and achievements. Check out their interactive digital exhibition launching on March 8th, called “Becoming Visible.”

3. Arena Stage – Catch Tempestuous Elements, a play about Anna Julia Cooper’s fight for her students’ educational rights. Experience the journey of this Black feminist pioneer in education.

4. Clara Barton National Historic Site – Visit the house where Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, lived. Explore the 30 rooms and learn about her incredible life and work.

5. Rachel Carson Conservation Park – Commune with nature in this 650-acre park dedicated to environmental preservation. Learn about Rachel Carson’s impact on the environmental movement and enjoy hiking or horseback riding on the park’s trails.

6. Mary Washington House – Visit the home of Mary Ball Washington, George Washington’s mother, in Fredericksburg, VA. Learn about her life as a single mother who raised the first president of the United States.

This March, let’s celebrate HERstory and the incredible women who’ve shaped our world!

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