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The Latest Village News for March 8, 2024

From Frank...


The Latest Cleveland & Woodley Park Village Newsletter:

March 8, 2024

From Executive Director Frank Finamore

I’ve long considered myself a feminist due to my early experience of the strong, intelligent, and creative women. I am passionate about equality for women, and recognition and appreciation of their great contributions to our society. March is Women’s History Month and today, March 8, is International Women’s Day.

As a man raised by a single mother and six older sisters during the time of the Equal Rights Amendment to our Nation’s Constitution, the impact on my life cannot be understated. Beyond the fact that I know all of the lyrics to Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman” and Jeannie Riley’s “Harper Valley PTA,” I’ve long considered myself a feminist due to my early experience of the strong, intelligent, and creative women. I am passionate about equality for women, and recognition and appreciation of their great contributions to our society.

I’ve long considered myself a feminist due to my early experience of the strong, intelligent, and creative women. I am passionate about equality for women, and recognition and appreciation of their great contributions to our society.

Here are some local options for celebrating women this month:

Women’s History Month Festival at the National Portrait Museum –

Sat., March 9, 11am-3pm

Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts

See "Tempestuous Elements" at ArenaStage (Through March 17): The play about Black feminist and D.C. school principal Anna Julia Cooper follows her fight for educational equity.


Tour the National Gallery of Art and see the exhibit"Dorothea Lange: Seeing People."

The American photographer Dorothea Lange made some of the most iconic portraits of the 20th century such as Lange's"Migrant Mother" photo, showing a worried-looking woman with two small children in 1936. Free exhibition tours are offered several times a week through March 31.


Support women-owned businesses, such as those listed here by Yelp.


The National Women's History Month's theme for 2024 celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” With this in mind, I think of all of the women that helped to form the Village movement and our Village in particular.


We’re now led by two incredibly hard-working co-chairs of the Board, Sandy Rubin and Pat Wittie, who frequently highlight others’ work while minimizing their own which is often behind the scenes to help our organization expand to reach and support even more older adults in the neighborhood.


Together let’s thank them and all of the women that have worked and continue to work to make our Village what it is today – a caring community that creates opportunities for older adults to be actively engaged, supports those who need it with volunteer assistance to help them live independently, and works to create a welcoming community for people of all ages.

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