Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in March in the United States since 1987. The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2023 theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” This theme recognizes “women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media.”
Here in Montgomery County there are many women (like the ones above) throughout history and currently who have contributed their achievements to society, discover them at Women of Historical Significance in Montgomery County.
Here are some events that highlight the talented, driven women in Montgomery County.
Councilmember Laurie-Anne Sayles will host a reception during March to commemorate Women’s History Month. The reception takes place at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring on Saturday, March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The reception features prominent women in media. After a short film, a panel of journalist will share their stories. Speakers include Ovetta Wiggins, Politics Reporter with the Washington Post; Andrea Sarralde, Emmy® Award Winning Journalist with Montgomery Community Media; and Jenn White, Host of NPR’s 1A Podcast.
AFI Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue. AFI is just two blocks north of the Silver Spring Transit Center and Metro’s Red Line station. Parking for those driving is available at the Wayne Avenue Garage and the Town Square Garage. Numerous Ride-On Bus and Metrobus routes serve the Silver Spring Transit Center.
Register to attend the reception here.
Kensington Park Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with an amazing exploration of Montgomery County’s Culinary History. Join local authors Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau, who will also discuss two cookbook authors, Elizabeth Ellicott Lea and Maria Brooke Watkins and how their books that are a generation apart, reflect their lives and the changing life in the county.
Honoring Women’s History Month: Elizabeth Cady Stanton – “Equality For All!” Live Show
Join us for a live performance of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the principal leaders of the Women’s Rights Movement in 19th century America.
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm, Chevy Chase Library 8005 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a writer, philosopher, abolitionist, and human rights activist, is notable for her long contribution to the woman suffrage struggle. While married with seven children, she was very vocal about inequalities faced by women and spearheaded the first woman’s rights convention. In addition, she actively played an effective role advocating property rights for married women, equal guardianship of children and divorce reform among many things. Join us for a full portrayal of this prominent historical figure in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Links to #WomensHistoryMonth Resources
- Montgomery County Public Libraries Events
- The Montgomery County Womens History Project: Women of Historical Significance in Montgomery County
- MCPS: Women’s History Month Links and Resources
- The Smithsonian Institution Women’s History Month Events Calendar
- Susan B. Anthony an American Social Reformer and Women’s Rights Activist