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To Live and Breathe: Women and Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.

On view May 19, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Women have led the environmental justice movement. Women are often the ones who notice patterns of disease in their communities, fight to protect their families and neighbors, and bear the burden of health disparities. In this exhibition from the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, explore how local women of color draw on a long history of activism and advance environmental justice efforts not only in D.C., but across the country and beyond. Visitors will be inspired as they learn why women have become leaders in the environmental justice movement, which pathways they have taken to arrive there, and how their efforts benefit our local communities and the earth. 

This digital artwork by Amir Khadar has been commissioned as a mural by the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum for the upcoming exhibit “To Live and Breathe: Women and Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.” opening May 19, 2023.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of:

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities 

Recreational Equipment, Inc. 

Smithsonian Women's Committee

Pepco, an Exelon Company 

Bank of America, Founding Partner of the Smithsonian's Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past Initiative.

This project received Federal support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum.  

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