Celebrate Women's History Month in Washington DC (2021)

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Every March, we celebrate and commemorate the vital role of women in American history. 

Below is a list of some of the best women’s history month activities and events updated for 2021.

You can check out our full list of March activities in Washington DC here.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in Washington DC

This section covers our top ten list for Women’s History Month in March 2021.

For more ideas for popular things to do in D.C., check out our posts on walking tours and bus tours of the city.


Women's History Walking Tour

Fiery suffragettes, unconventional first ladies, and rebellious socialites turning up their noses at ladylike behavior, these pioneering women of Washington, D.C., shattered the expectations of a tightly-corseted society.
 
Explore downtown DC with author & tour guide, Canden, who literally wrote the book on the Wild Women of Washington.
 
Spots are limited so book now! 
When: SOLD OUT!
 
Copies of Wild Women of Washington will be available for purchase! 
 
Wild Women of Dupont Circle
 
Join us on a tour of Dupont Circle and Embassy Row as we look beyond the Gilded Age mansions and diplomatic enclaves to discover the women who made this neighborhood the center of D.C.'s social scene. We'll share the stories and scandals of women like Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Evelyn Walsh McLean, Cissy Patterson, and more while learning about the neighborhood where politics, wealth, and diplomacy collide.
 
When: Saturday March 20, 2021 230pm
Where: Meet your Guide at Dupont Circle Fountain
Reservations required! 

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Grab a Drink!

Pay a visit to Republic Restoratives, the first women-owned distillery in D.C.! Started by Pia Carusone, Republic Restoratives is run by women who left the world of politics to get into distilling!

Although the tasting room and tours are closed, you can pick up something to take home daily 11am-5pm.


Get Artsy!

There’s only one museum in the world dedicated to displaying, studying, and celebrating the work of female artists and that’s the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Women remain dramatically underrepresented in museums, galleries, and auction houses and the NMWA aims to change that by exclusively recognizing the contributions of women artists.

The museum is located right in the heart of downtown D.C., an easy walking distance from the White House, Convention Center, and several Metro stations.

It has reopened during COVID with safety protocols and required timed tickets.


Explore Georgetown

The oldest neighborhood in D.C. is steeped in women’s history! You can check out one of our Georgetown walking tours, which highlight some of the famous women who have lived in Georgetown and some of the wild women who caused trouble there! 

Our own tour guide Canden has published a book on the wicked side of Georgetown history! Wicked Georgetown: Scoundrels, Sinners and Spies  and a pictorial history using vintage photographs, Images of Georgetown.

The Colonial Dames of America are headquartered at Dumbarton House, built in 1799 and one of the most historic structures in Georgetown. Since 1891, this women’s organization works to collect, preserve, and share America’s founding and colonial history.

Dumbarton House is open with safety protocols in place. You can purchase tickets online or explore the grounds for free during the day.

You can also pay a visit to Tudor Place, which was built by Martha Custis Peter, the granddaughter of Martha Washington and remained in the family for the six subsequent generations. It contains one of the largest collections of items belonging to George and Martha Washington outside of Mount Vernon. Tudor Place regularly hosts programs and events highlighting the history of the women who have kept the house going, generation after generation. 

*Tudor Place is currently closed, though you can see it on a neighborhood walk of Georgetown*

The perfect way to finish a women’s history visit to Georgetown? Treat your sweet tooth and support local businesses owned and operated by women! Our favorites include the famous Georgetown Cupcakes and the delicious pies whipped up at Pie Sisters.


Take a Tour with A Tour of Her Own!

 
A Tour of Her Own is the first tour company in Washington, DC to focus exclusively on sharing women's history and elevating women's stories. You can participate in their programs - both virtually and in-person in DC - year round but for Women's History Month, they are offering special programs highlighting the Forgotten Women of Arlington National Cemetery and the female sculptors that have helped shape the history of our city.  TOHO members receive special discounts on programs, tours, and salons. 

Honor Women Who Have Served

There is only one memorial that honors all women, from all branches, from all moments in our history and that’s the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

The memorial and museum is open with free timed tickets available here.

The memorial honors and recognizes the service of military women as well as hosts a museum dedicated to educating the public and empowering future generations with stories of limitless possibilities.

The memorial and museum are free and open to the public seven days a week. We end our Arlington National Cemetery walking tour nearby and encourage guests to visit on their own after our tour.

While you are at Arlington National Cemetery to visit the memorial, you could also take our self-guided tour of the cemetery, focusing on notable women who are laid to rest at Arlington.


Learn About The Angel of the Battlefield, Clara Barton

Clara Barton began her career as one of the first women to work in the federal government, in the Patent Office, but found her true calling during the Civil War.

She began to deliver supplies to troops during the war and she used a nondescript building in downtown D.C. as her headquarters for her Missing Soldiers Office, to help families located men who hadn’t returned.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine operates the museum today, leading visitors on guided tours of Clara Barton’s incredible life and contributions to American history.

You can continue a day of Clara Barton sightseeing by heading out to Glen Echo, Maryland to see the Clara Barton National Historic Site. This building was her home for the last fifteen years of her life and leads guided tours that share the story of her life’s work of helping others. 

It is open by appointment only in March 2021.


Discover the captivating story of Marjorie Merriweather Post

One of the most beautiful sites in D.C. is Hillwood Estate, the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Post purchased the estate in 1955 and turned it into a museum that would inspire and educate the public.

Post was born into the family behind the Post cereal empire and at age 27, became the owner of what would become the General Foods Corporation, making her one of America’s most successful businesswomen.

Hillwood Estates - taken by Canden

The Hillwood Estate displays many of the items Post collected in her travels, including decorative arts, furniture, Faberge eggs, and more.

The museum also highlights Post’s role as a businesswoman and philanthropist, including her outreach to veterans in the D.C. area.

The museum is open with safety protocols and timed tickets required.


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About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: septiembre 24th, 2021
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