Best Ways To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2013 In Washington DC

March 4, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: New York Ave Sculpture Project

This month marks 100 years since the Woman Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. As March is Women’s History Month, it is even more fitting to celebrate that spirit of equality for women. Spend some time this month learning and experiencing the struggles and accomplishments of women. Read Women’s History Month highlights featured on

Augusta Brown: A 19th-Century Life In American Music
Thomas Jefferson Building – Whittall Pavilion
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 90540
(202) 707-5502

Hours: March 12 – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The 19th century saw a great many historical advancements for minorities, but could not be considered ideal. The accomplishments that women were able to make during this time period is remarkable. Augusta Browne is one of the women who was able to make chips at the glass ceiling. Browne was one of the first recognized female composers. Bonny Miller, from the Music Division of the Library of Congress, will discuss “Augusta Browne: A 19th-Century Life In American Music.”

Book Signing Lecture: Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice And Persistence
Veterans of Foreign Wars Building
200 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-8244

Hours: March 20 – 12 p.m.

Last Women’s History Month, Maurine Beasley discussed her book,Eleanor Roosevelt:Transformative First Lady;a unique and comprehensive look at the longest serving First Lady in history. This year, she is back with a new book. Women of the Washington Press is a look at the discrimination women have faced in journalism over nearly two centuries and the ground breaking work they did despite the discrimination. At the lecture, Beasley will discuss the book and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. Take the afternoon to learn more about what female journalist have endured and accomplished over the years.

Related: Best Women’s History Museums In DC

National Women’s History Museum
205 S. Whiting St., Suite 254
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 461-1920

Over the course of history, women have overcome extreme obstacles to achieve what the world told them was only for men. They endured harassment from the public, law enforcement and even their own families. In parts of the world, women are still struggling to receive rights and opportunities reserved for men. Women have contributed so much to the world and deserve to be recognized for those contributions. The National Women’s History Museum has yet to be built, but looks to become an official Smithsonian affiliate when it is finished. You can help the institute behind the museum project by volunteering. By volunteering you will be helping to bring overlooked and undervalued history to DC.

Washington Women In Jazz Festival
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-7993

Hours: Mar. 20 to Mar. 27

Jazz can be a bit of a boys club, but there are many extremely talented female jazz musicians, past and present. To celebrate Women’s History Month, Twins Jazz Club will be presenting female artists everyday for one week this month. The third annual Women In Jazz Festival includes performances by Rochelle Rice, Kimberly Thompson, Christie Dashiell, Jessica Boykin-Settles, Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, and Danielle Wertz. You can hear beautiful voices, piano, guitar, cello, and more. Each day presents you with an opportunity to support women in the arts, while celebrating Women’s History Month.

Related: Best 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To In Washington DC

New York Avenue Sculpture Project
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 783-5000

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum dedicated to the art that women have brought into the world. Currently displayed are Chakaia Booker’s works, created mostly out of recycled tires; which she sees as metaphors for the cycle of life. The sculptures themselves, including one she created specifically for the project, are aesthetically beautiful but are laced with meaning. It is a perfect choice for celebrating Women’s History Month.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on