Women’s History Month is a time to remember and reflect upon the struggles, accomplishments and contributions of women from all over the world and all walks of life. It’s also a time to acknowledge the work still yet to be done. As President Barack Obama once said, “When a woman succeeds, America succeeds.” Truer words were never spoken. Here are a few events to help celebrate this important occasion.
1st. St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20510
Date: March 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Women’s history is in search of a home and the Lobby Day event is intended to further that cause. Sponsored by the National Women’s History Museum, Lobby Day is intended to support the passage of legislation to establish a commission that will recommend potential sites for the future home of a museum dedicated to the history of American women. The National Women’s History Museum Commission Act will explore the need for a national women’s history museum, recommend a site on or near the National Mall, and study how the museum will be funded without cost to taxpayers. It’s a first step toward an even brighter future for women’s history.
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Gala Reception And Dinner —Women Of Character, Courage And Commitment
National Women’s History Project
The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Date: March 27, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Pull out your tuxedos and ball gowns for this black tie event. Sponsored by the National Women’s History Project, a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 for the purpose of recognizing and celebrating the historical accomplishments of women, the gala reception and dinner will honor the “determination and tenacity” of several accomplished women. This year’s honorees include 12 women, from past and present, who hail from all walks of life and are mothers, advocates, business and political leaders, educators, and relief workers, and have illustrated character, courage and commitment. Their choices have positively impacted others to reach for their fullest potential. Some of those who will be recognized are the late Indian Rights Advocate and Diplomat, Chipeta; International Women’s Rights Activist Carmen Delgado Votaw; Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth; and Civil Rights Attorney Lisa Taylor. An impressive list worthy of such an evening of celebration.
National Museum of American History
1400 Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20227
Date: Ongoing daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
America’s First Ladies have left indelible marks upon world history and American culture in so many wonderful ways—from their influence on policy to their personality, charm, and personal sense of style. Speaking of style, there’s no better time to view First Lady Michelle Obama’s second inaugural gown than during Women’s History Month. Mrs. Obama is the first of all the First Ladies to have a second gown displayed at the Smithsonian. The dress, a vibrant fire engine red chiffon number with angled straps, will replace her previously displayed gown through Jan. 2015. Also on display are the gowns of former First Ladies Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and style icon Jacqueline Kennedy. The exhibit also explores the often complicated and challenging lives of First Ladies like Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln and Lady Bird Johnson, as well as their influence and contributions to their husband’s administrations.
Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..