(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray issued a proclamation commemorating March 2012 as “Women’s History Month” in the District of Columbia.
The announcement highlights real progress over the last generation in working to achieve gender equality, yet acknowledges that more work remains to be done. Through this proclamation, the Mayor recommits the resources of the District government to closing the gender gap and supporting the efforts of every woman and girl to reach her full potential.
“I’m proud to dedicate a month to honoring and studying the rich legacy of women’s contributions to our city, nation and world,” said Mayor Gray. “The lessons of Women’s History Month will help prepare our youngest women to make their own historic contributions in the years to come.”
The DC Office on Women’s Policy is sponsoring several events in celebration of women’s history this month. The first is a month-long exhibit called “Women in Washington’s History,” a review of local women who achieved success and made significant contributions to the District. “This exhibit will increase awareness of the important role women have played throughout Washington’s history, despite the tremendous odds of gender bias, inequality and discrimination,” said Terese Lowery, Director of the Office on Women’s Policy. The exhibit will highlight the accomplishments of a different woman each day.
A second exhibit, “Celebrating Women’s History Month in our Schools,” will showcase children’s art. For this exhibit, DC Public Schools students drew pictures and wrote descriptions of the women they admire most.
Both exhibits will be on display in the ground floor atrium of the John A. Wilson Building from March 1st – 31st.
On March 8th, the Office on Women’s Policy will host a screening and panel discussion of the acclaimed documentary “Miss Representation,” in partnership with the D.C. graduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The film examines the implications of the misrepresentation of women and girls in the media, politics and music, and inspires the audience to serve as change agents by advocating for gender equality and more accurate depictions of the true role women play in society.
Panelists for the post-screening discussion of the film include: Nucchi Currier, President, Women’s National Democratic Club; Cynthia Harrison, Professor of Women’s Studies and Public Policy, George Washington University; Theola Labbe’-Debose, Staff Journalist, Washington Post; Jill Morrison, Advocacy Attorney focused on the influence of religion on reproductive rights, National Women’s Law Center; Nikita Stewart, Staff Journalist, Washington Post; and Shawn Yancy, Anchor, Fox 5 News.
For more information and a full list of women honored as part of “Women in Washington’s History” exhibit, contact the Office on Women’s Policy at (202) 724-7690 or www.women.dc.gov.