Every March, the country celebrates Women’s History Month to highlight contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Washington, DC is the home to the following important sites that are dedicated to preserving and honoring the contributions of women.
Daughters of the American Revolution Museum
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), was founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The DAR Museum is comprised of 31 period rooms and 2 galleries. Our collection consists of over 30,000 decorative and fine arts objects spanning the 18th and 19th centuries, including furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles and silver.
Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is the grand, former estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Located on 25 acres in a lovely residential neighborhood in Northwest DC, Hillwood is merely five miles north of the White House and two miles from the National Zoo and National Cathedral. This estate is Mrs. Post’s gift to the public. Come discover her fabulous lifestyle and the treasures she’s left us to enjoy—a Georgian Mansion, the most comprehensive collection of Russian Imperial objects outside of Russia including Faberge Eggs and Russian Orthodox icons, 18th century French decorative arts, tapestries and porcelain. Enjoy 13 acres of formal gardens including a Japanese-style garden with waterfalls, a working greenhouse filled with 2,500 orchids, and a cutting garden that provides fresh flowers throughout the estate.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest national and international recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse at 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, that is now this Historic Site. It was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was her last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the Council spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women and the Black community.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Located in a spectacular 1908 Renaissance Revival building, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the first and only museum dedicated solely to celebrating the diverse artistic achievements of women. The museum was founded to challenge traditional histories of art, to uncover the works of women artists who have been overlooked and unacknowledged, and to assure the legacy of women in contemporary art. Make sure to walk down New York Avenue, just outside of the museum, to see the Sculpture Project which features one woman artist each year.
Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
This National Historic Landmark, one of the oldest houses on Capitol Hill, is the headquarters of the historic National Woman's Party. For 43 years, it was the Washington home of the NWP's founder, Alice Paul, radical suffragist leader, author of the Equal Rights Amendment and lifelong activist for women's rights. The museum has unparalleled archives and a collection of fine art and artifacts from the woman's suffrage and equal rights movements. Learn the inspiring and still unfinished story of women's quest for full equality. View original busts and portraits of the pioneers of the women's rights movement, suffrage parade banners, Susan B. Anthony's desk, political cartoons and historic photographs.
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