March Honors the Ladies. Check Out these Historical Attractions Celebrating Women’s History Month.
March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the many contributions of women to the American Experiment. The Washington, D.C., area has many attractions commemorating the achievements of American women. Experience these fascinating and important sites all year long.
- Clara Barton National Historic Site – The home of Clara Barton served as the headquarters and warehouse for the American Red Cross, where she coordinated relief efforts for victims of natural disasters and war from 1897 to 1904.
- Hillwood Museum & Gardens – The 25-acre estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post cereal fortune, displays an impressive collection of 18th- and 19th-century Russian and French art as well as beautifully kept gardens. Hillwood Museum & Gardens is located between the Cleveland Park and Van Ness neighborhoods on the edge of Rock Creek Park in NW Washington, D.C.
- National Museum of Women in the Arts – The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to celebrating the artistic achievements of women. The museum’s permanent collection features more than 3,000 works of art spanning the 16th century to present day.
- Sewall-Belmont House and Museum – See fine art and artifacts from the women’s suffrage and equal rights movements. View furniture belonging to Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and National Women’s Party founder Alice Paul. Sewall-Belmont House and Museum is a national historic landmark and has been the historic headquarters of the National Woman’s Party since 1929. The museum hosts regular children’s programs including arts & crafts and storytelling.
- Daughters of the American Revolution Museum – The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in 1890 as a women’s organization dedicated to preserving American history and promoting patriotism. Its national headquarters, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., houses a museum, library, and concert hall. The DAR museum features 32 rooms showcasing regional American furnishings from the 17th to the early 20th century.
- The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site – The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House served as headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women from 1943 to 1966. This site commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African-American woman who grew up in poverty in South Carolina, yet rose to become an influential educator, presidential advisor, and political activist.
- National Women’s History Museum – The National Women’s History Museum has not yet been built, though a nonprofit educational institution has been established. Since 1996, the National Women’s History Museum worked to raise funds and secure a prominent physical museum site in Washington, D.C.