Women’s History Month invites us to reflect on important milestones in gender equality and inclusivity, but also to celebrate the works and broader societal contributions of female pioneers in art, politics, science, and more. We’ve rounded up a sampling of exhibitions and cultural sites all over the country which you can visit personally (or in some cases, virtually). Some of these exhibitions are by women, others are about women, and some are both. All offer insight and inspiration deserving of universal attention—now and throughout the year.
Women’s Rights National Historic Park
Location: Seneca Falls, NY
Visit the site of the historic Seneca Falls Convention where the Declaration of Sentiments was crafted and signed, demanding women’s rights to vote, earn income, own property, and more. Drawing more than 300 people through grassroots mobilization, this 1848 convention marked the formal beginning of a sweeping political and social movement. The site was sanctioned by the National Park Service in 1980 to preserve its historic setting and character.
Much of the site can be explored via a virtual tour here: http://bit.ly/2poC1xX
Digital Exhibits from National Women’s History Museum
Location (future): Washington D.C.
While the brick-and-mortar National Women’s History Museum slated for Washington D.C’s national mall is not yet a reality, you can view a number of digital exhibits on their website at the link above. Some chronicle important milestone events, while others celebrate extraordinary female athletes, scientists, adventurers, political leaders and more.
Like what you see? Consider supporting the museum with a donation or membership in honor of Women’s History Month to help the physical building to fruition. For ways to give or get involved, visit https://www.nwhm.org/support-us.
Women in Science at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Location: Cleveland, OH
This series of special events, programs, and multimedia content aims to showcase the work of past and current female scientists—and inspire the next generation of women with STEM interests. During select upcoming Scientist Saturdays, visitors can meet leading female scientists of today and learn about their work. For complete program details, visit https://www.cmnh.org/womeninscience.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Location: Santa Fe, NM
A pioneer of modern art, iconic painter Georgia O’Keeffe is perhaps best known for her abstracted close-ups of natural elements such as flowers and rocks. Her namesake museum’s collection comprises more than 3,000 of her works, which are variously featured in O’Keeffe-only exhibitions as well as together with works by other contemporary artists. Apart from its main campus, the museum also manages two of the artist’s former residences and studios, a research center, and a library.
“March to Empowerment” at Women’s Museum of California
Location: San Diego, CA
The museum’s “March to Empowerment” exhibit uses objects from its archive Alice Park Collection to tell stories of individual suffragettes as well as broader narratives of women’s empowerment spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. Another exhibit titled “In the Company of Women” explores how women’s social clubs evolved from recreational outlets into catalysts for important social movements that helped shape public policy at local and national levels.
A conversation starter like none other, the Guerilla Girls are a group of feminist artist-activists who seek to expose corruption and bias in mainstream culture through the use of humor, outrageous visuals, and more. In public, they wear gorilla masks to maintain anonymity and keep the focus on the issues. They work all over the world, partnering with museums and other cultural institutions to host events—sometimes even turning their “creative complaining” toward the institutions themselves. A complete list of upcoming gigs, exhibitions and events is available on their website.