Tuesday, March 8, 2011;
Tuesday is International Women's Day, and the month of March is Women's History Month. The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and several other big District cultural institutions have teamed up to present a series of events honoring the multifaceted contributions of women to society (more info at womenshistorymonth.gov). In addition, a new women's jazz festival, a series of book signings and a forum on women and immigration provide plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Put these five events on your calendar:
First ladies book-signing series
Biographers of Eleanor Roosevelt, Barbara Bush and Jacqueline Kennedy speak on the lives of their subjects and sign copies of their books in a series sponsored by the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
Women in Jazz FestivalThe U Street jazz club Twins Jazz has dedicated the month of March to female jazz musicians with its first Women in Jazz Festival. See a range of local talent, including vocalists Lena Seikaly, Christie Dashiell and Jessica Boykin-Settles, saxophonists Sarah Hughes and Leigh Pilzer, trombonist Melissa Gardiner, pianist Amy K. Bormet and double bassist Karine Chapdelaine in a series of Wednesday concerts.
Wednesdays through March 30 at 8 and 10 p.m. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
'Women in Aviation and Space'
At this family day, learn about groundbreaking female aviators and astronauts such as Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride. Presentations occur throughout the day, and interactive activities will be presented by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. Actress Mary Ann Jung will perform as Earhart in a special show.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, 14340 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-633 -4629. www.nasm.si.edu. Free.
Women and Immigration Forum
Policymakers, activists and researchers from across the nation convene to discuss the challenges female immigrants face in the United States, from lack of access to health care and child care to diminished opportunities for adult education.
Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. George Washington University, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-7470. Free.
- Jess Righthand