Every March, the country celebrates Women’s History Month and promotes the awareness of the accomplishments of women throughout American history. Washington, DC is the home to the following important sites that are dedicated to preserving and honoring the contributions of women.
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 1897-1904. Clara Barton National Historic Site is located in Glen Echo, Maryland adjacent to Glen Echo Park
, a National Park for the arts.
Hillwood Museum & Gardens
The 25-acre estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post displays an impressive collection of 18th and 19th century Russian and French decorative arts and formal and informal gardens. Marjorie Merriweather Post was the heir to the Post cereal fortune and was an art collector and a noted philanthropist. Hillwood Museum & Gardens is located between the Cleveland Park and Van Ness neighborhoods on the edge of Rock Creek Park in NW Washington, DC.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located in the heart of Washington, DC 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 by women from the 16th century to the present.
Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
This women's history museum displays fine art and artifacts from the women's suffrage and equal rights movements. See furniture belonging to Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and National Women's Party 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, DC, houses a museum, a library and a concert hall. The DAR museum features 32 Period Rooms that depict 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.
Woman's National Democratic Club Museum
The Woman's National Democratic Club provides a forum where Democrats gather to study and discuss current issues. The museum displays a collection of memorabilia and antique furnishings. The Woman's National Democratic Club is located near Dupont Circle in the historic Whittemore House, a nineteenth century home originally built for Sarah Adams Whittemore, a Washington, DC opera singer.
National Women's History Museum
The National Women’s History Museum has not yet been built. A nonprofit educational institution has been established with the intent to build the first ever national museum in Washington, DC. Since 1996, the National Women’s History Museum has been working to raise funds and secure a prominent site in Washington, DC. If you would like to support this project, send a donation to National Women’s History Museum, P.O. Box 96478, Washington, D.C. 20090-6478.
Learn more about Women's History Month by visiting the About.com Women's History site