March is Women's History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

2017 Event Highlights

Panel Discussions

March 2

Women's History Month: The Glass Ceiling, Broken or Cracked?
A bipartisan group of former Congresswomen discuss their paths to public service, the challenges they faced, and the obstacles they still need to overcome. Live streaming at:

(National Archives)


March 4

Sounds of Awareness: Music and Poetry From Across Native America
Grammy-nominated Native American recording artist Radmilla Cody (Navajo) and First Nations writer, scholar and spoken word artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg) perform a concert of poetic roots music with contemporary flavor.

(National Museum of the American Indian)


March 8

“Soundwaves of Feminism: The Women's Music Movement”
International Women's Day Lecture -- Dr. Bonnie Morris will revisit rare materials from the grassroots feminist and lesbian music recordings and concerts of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

(Library of Congress)


March 22

“In Conversation with the Librarian of Congress: Leaders in the Arts”
Dr. Carla Hayden, the first woman to lead the Library of Congress, speaks with Deborah Rutter (President of the Kennedy Center), Molly Smith (Artistic Director of Arena Stage), and Marin Alsop (Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra).
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Live streaming at:

(Library of Congress)


April 7

“Fierce Grace – Jeannette Rankin” World Premiere
The Library of Congress and Opera America co-present the world premiere of “Fierce Grace Jeanette Rankin,” a song cycle about the first woman elected to Congress. It was composed by Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman and Ellen Reid.

(Library of Congress)

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