March is Women’s History Month – a month-long celebration highlighting the contributions of women to pretty much everything. (And like Black History Month, these contributions *should* be recognized all day, every day.) In the meantime, enjoy this list of local ways to celebrate, support and learn about the wonderful women of yesteryear, today and tomorrow.
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Women’s History Month
Thursday, March 5th at Brookland’s Busboys and Poets, find out how much you *actually* know about women’s history at their Women’s History Month Trivia Night 2020. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community. From 5-7pm.
Saturday, March 7th at Hyattsville’s Studio SoHy, check out the opening reception for Turn the Tables, an all-female celebrating Women’s History Month. Exhibit features the work of 14 women artists who used record album covers as their canvas. A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center. Opening party from 7-9pm.
Sunday, March 8th at Riverdale Park’s Denizens Brewing Co., celebrate International Womxn’s Day 2020, a partnership with the brewery and Femme Fatale DC. Make time for beer, local womxn made products and hanging with the community. From 1-5pm.
Sunday, March 8th, head to Red Dirt Studio in Mount Rainier to celebrate Women’s History Month and a continuation of Co-Director J. J. McCracken’s Intersectionality April Film & Discussion Series featuring a screening of the new documentary “Patient No More” with filmmaker Q&A to follow. From 3-5pm.
Monday, March 9th at the Old Greenbelt Theatre, watch a screening of The Six Triple Eight, a film that explores the history and service of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during World War II. Director James William Theres joins us for a Q&A following the film. From 7-10pm.
Thursday, March 12th, the Laurel Historical Society, celebrate Women’s History Month by participating in a one-of-a-kind museum that specializes in women’s history from the 1770s-1960s. Program from 7-8:30pm.
Saturday, March 14th at the Belair Mansion in Bowie, catch The Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and learn about how Hale edited the most widely-circulated publication of her time, was a strong proponent of education for women, supported a variety of social services for women and children, and made dozens of other contributions to improve the lives of American women and their families. Program begins at 1pm.
Sunday, March 22nd at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel for Women in Jazz Panel Discussion: The Journey of a Lifetime. Hear from three top-flight musicians as they share their unique personal and professional journeys into the world of jazz. Prolific visual artist and pianist Jenny Wilson, be-bop vocalist Audrey Shakir and jazz violinist Maureen Choi are widely traveled, well trained and deeply talented. From 2-3pm
Saturday, March 28th, the UMD Treble Choir and guest choirs from the area join together at the Clarice in College Park to celebrate women’s voices in the beautiful UMD Memorial Chapel. From 8-10pm.
Ongoing Exhibits & Events!
Black Women & Politics: To the Ballot and Beyond looks at the history of black women in the fight for suffrage and beyond. On view from January 26- March 29, 2020 at the Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington.
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote explores the history of the Amendment, women’s voting rights before and after, and its impact today. On view at Montpelier Historic Site in Laurel from March 1 – August 31st, 2020, 11am-4pm.