Celebrate International Women’s Day At These Dedicated Events

Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, commemorating women in all spaces. This global holiday calls for action toward achieving equality, along with celebrating women’s cultural, political, and social accomplishments.

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Historically, the significance of March 8th for women is over a century old, beginning with women of the Russian capital of Petrograd going on strike to demand the end of the empire, according to Time Magazine. It is declared that in 1921, March 8 was suggested by German feminist Clara Zetkin to celebrate International Women’s Day. It wasn’t until 1987 that Congress passed a designated law for March to be recognized as Women’s History Month. 

In celebration of this holiday, here are some events we have gathered for you to celebrate the beauty and trials of womanhood, both on and outside of International Women’s Day.


Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, 1937; Oil on Masonite, 30 x 24 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Honorable Clare Boothe Luce; © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Image by Google

This Friday, March 8th, the National Museum of Women In The Arts is hosting a virtual and in-person session highlighting women of visual and performing arts. From yoga to pop-up shops to flash tattoos, this all-day event lets you attend general admission or specific events you’d like to see! https://nmwa.org/whats-on/signature-programs/international-womens-day/


SHE: DC is the most prominent women and non-binary artist-only show in the vicinity. They are dedicating a virtual show this International Women’s Day, with in-person shows from March 10 to the 31st. 

Carmen de Lavallade by Michele Mattei / 2003 (printed 2018) Inkjet print Image/ National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The National Portrait Gallery will hold its annual Women’s History Month Festival from March 9th to April 7th. The event will include performances from the Washington Ballet, workshops on art, and spotlight talks. While the event is free now, be sure to reserve a spot, as tickets on opening night will be $10 and $8 for senior citizens, military personnel, and students. 


This Friday, DC basketball team The Wizards, will hold “Wizards Celebrate Women” in the Capitol One Arena. Their game against the Charlotte Hornets will feature a giveaway for the first 100,000 attendees of a Wizards-branded belt bag. Collections for professional women’s clothes will be donated to Suited for Change. Female-managed Backyard Band Northeast Groovers will play for the Friday Night Concert Series after the game. 

Wizards Celebrate Women


DC’s Library of Congress will hold a Family Day this Saturday in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The event will include engaging and creative activities, such as contributing to the mural of a female trailblazer and transcribing Clara Barton’s papers. From 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, enjoy an interactive experience in the heart of the US Congress. 


Princess McKey

Princess McKey, a dynamic film and content creator from Howard University's School of Communications, specializes in Television and Film. Experienced in independent student films, both behind and in front of the camera, I am deeply committed to the art of storytelling, ensuring active involvement from conception to completion of productions

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