Honor women’s history with these 18 events

From a lecture on Civil War-era spies to a ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ screening, celebrate Women’s History Month.

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The Many Faces of Woman
Through March 28
30-year artist Kathleen Stark shares her thoughts on “the many faces that women wear” in their lifetime through an array of art and poetry. Pieces represent the Springfield resident’s personal experiences from childhood to adulthood, and also include some information about her great-grandmother. // Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus: 10950 Campus Drive, Manassas

Women’s History Film Series
March 16, 1-3 p.m.
In its final installment of a three-part film series focused on movies celebrating women, the Haymarket Gainesville Library will screen Norma Rae, a movie about a single mother and factory worker who fights for her employee rights. // Haymarket Gainesville Library: 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket

Women’s History Month Celebration
March 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016, will speak at this $7 event featuring artistic acts, speeches and area vendors. // Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Hon. Megan L. Clark
March 19, 7 p.m.
The first woman and first African-American individual to serve as Prince Edward County’s commonwealth attorney, Megan L. Clark will deliver a keynote address at this Women’s History Month celebration. // University of Mary Washington’s Hurley Convergence Center: Campus Walk, Fredericksburg

The Contributions of Women in Espionage During the Civil War
March 20, 7-8 p.m.
Whether they were southern Unionists, former slaves or members of the Confederacy, many Civil War-era women acquired, then traded, top-secret information. // Barrett Branch Library: 717 Queen St., Alexandria

Screening of The Handmaid’s Tale
March 21, 3 p.m.
See episodes one and two of the first season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the disturbing dystopian novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. // Burke Branch Library: 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria

Fashion in the 20th Century
March 21, 1-8:30 p.m.
The Arlington County CostumeLab Manager will inform audiences of women’s fashion trends throughout the nation’s political and social movements. // Westover Branch Library: 1644 North McKinley Road, Suite 3, Arlington

Local History Talks: Julia Rhinehart Powell
March 21, 7-8 p.m.
One of the first women to enlist in the U.S. Navy during World War I was also an Arlington resident. Learn about Julia Rhinehart Powell from Annette Benbow, a member of the Arlington Historical Society. // Aurora Hills Branch Library: 735 South 18th St., Arlington

The Lyceum World War I Lecture Series
March 22
Concluding this three-part lecture series centered on women’s contributions to the first World War, Sowing the Seeds of Victory will discuss the Women’s Land Army of America in Virginia and Washington, D.C. // The Lyceum: 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria

Woman on Fire: Mary Beth Michos
March 22, 1-2:30 p.m.
The first female to serve as chief of a metropolitan fire department, Prince William County resident Mary Beth Michos will talk about her life experiences. // Central Community Library: 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas

Homeschool STEAM Class: Women in Science
March 23, 30
15 home-schooled students ages 8 and above will be able to participate in a science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activity that is inspired by a featured female scientist. // Beatley Central Library: 5005 Duke St., Alexandria

Clara Barton: American Life
March 24, 2-3:30 p.m.
How did Clara Barton, the “angel of the battlefield,” come to create what we now know as the American Red Cross? Find out at this informational event led by a Clara Barton National Historic Site park ranger. // Reston Regional Library: 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston

Women’s Civil War Day
March 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
For free, learn about the lives of women during the Civil War through costumed re-enactors, displays and activities that include a quilting demonstration. // Fort Ward Museum: 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria

She Persisted: A National Women’s History Month Celebration
March 27, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
After listening to a reading of Chelsea Clinton’s book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, children from kindergarten through fifth grade will use paint to make a related craft. // Central Community Library: 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas

Women’s History Month
March 28, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Susan B. Anthony. Marie Curie. Harriet Tubman. Oprah Winfrey. Learn about these influential, inspiring women and more at this George Mason University event. // Bull Run Hall Atrium: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax

Paint Night: Frida Kahlo Still Life
March 28, 7-8:15 p.m.
Honor Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and, in so doing, bring home your own piece of art at this event for guests 18 and up.// Shirlington Branch Library: 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington

“Women Making History” Small Business Fair
March 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Celebrate the impressive local business and nonprofit women of the present—and also check out what goods and services they have on display—at this event featuring a keynote address from Awesome Women Entrepreneurs‘ Karen Bate. // Arlington Central Library: 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington

Women During World War I
March 31, 11 a.m.-Noon
From the Army’s Hello Girls to nurses and Union Pacific Railroad engineers, learn about WWI women from Northern Virginia Community College professor Alice Reagan. // Burke Branch Library: 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria

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