March is National Women’s History Month. The theme for 2012 is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the following events will be held throughout the National Capital Region during March:
The Women in Military Service for America Memorial will feature author and retired Naval aviator Linda Maloney to discuss her new book “Military Fly Moms: Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope,” on March 20 at 11:30 a.m. Maloney is a 20-year Navy veteran and decorated combat aviator. She is also a mother of two sons. Her book tells the stories of more than 70 military women aviators, who like herself are mothers. The book shares their experiences as professional military officers, aviators, wives and mothers.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. To reserve a seat, or for more information, call 703-533-1155. The memorial is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Drive, Arlington, Va. Paid parking is available.
The Women in Military Service for America Memorial is the only major memorial honoring all servicewomen, past and present in the U.S. It features an exhibit gallery, register of women who have served, theatre and gift shop. Open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Anacostia Community Museum presents The Daughters of Dorcas & Sons Quilt Group demonstration, March 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn basic hand-quilting techniques, add new quilt blocks to personal collections or make small projects. No experience is required.
The museum will show “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” March 21 at 7 p.m. The 72-minute documentary is the story of a group of courageous women who demanded peace for Liberia. A discussion following the film will be lead by Emira Woods from the Institute for Policy Studies. The museum is located at 1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, D.C. Call 202-633-4844 for reservations and information.
The James Monroe Museum will feature the lecture “Women and Politics in the era of the American Revolution.” This free event will be held March 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. For information, visit the website at www.jamesmonroemuseum.org.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame presents the exhibit “Feminine ingenuity: How women inventors are changing our world,” Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through March 31. From the earliest days to the present, women inventors have changed our world in numerous fields, from the paper bag to the rocket engine. The exhibit presents the stories of 19 female inductees and how their innovative ideas have improved society. The USPTO is located in the Madison Building Atrium, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, Va. Admission is free. For more information, call 571 272-0095.
The Workhouse Arts Center is featuring “Woman Made,” a free, curated exhibition, featuring the work of local women artists from around the D.C. metropolitan region through March 25. Recurring weekly on Sunday and Wednesday through Saturday at 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Va. Call 703-584-2900 for more information.
The National Museum of the American Indian will show the film “Mohawk Girls” daily, excluding Wednesdays, through March at 3:30 p.m. The 53-minute documentary tells the story of three young Mohawk women who reveal their hopes and heartaches as they enter adulthood and life on the Kahnawake reserve, located across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal. The museum is located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Phone 202-633-1000 for more information.
The National Air and Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will present “Women in Aviation and Space,” March 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This Family event will feature the contributions of women in aviation, science and aerospace and includes a theatrical presentation, story time for younger visitors, guest speakers and hands-on activities. The event is free, but parking is $15. The museum is located at 14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, Va. Call 703-572-4118 for more information.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum will offer a free tour of the exhibit “Annie Liebovitz: Pilgrimage,” an collection of Leibovitz’s photographs every Wednesday in March at 12:30 p.m. The tour is led by museum docents and meets in the museum’s F Street Lobby. The exhibition will be available through May 20. The museum is located at 800 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-633-7970 for more information.
(Sources include: www.womenshistorymonth.gov, http://dc.about.com/od/womenshistorymuseums/a/WomensHistory.htm)