We didn’t know this month existed until the middle of March. However, this idea needs to be celebrated. The National Women’s History Project ran a successful campaign in 1986 to have the whole month of March as National Women’s History Month. Let’s not let them down.
This celebration needs awareness because not all schools emphasize both genders in history. Children need role models but those role models are often written out or ignored in history books. Only 3 states have mandated teaching women’s history in their K-12 classes: Illinois, Florida, and Louisiana.
That’s it. 3 schools. This doesn’t mean that individual teachers are not including women in history in their curriculum, it means that it is not emphasized. There are so many amazing women that we wished we learned about in history class. We’re sure you all do as well.
Have you heard of these remarkable women?
- Daisy Bates – leader of the Little Rock School Integration
- Isabel Gonzales – secured American Citizenship for all Puerto Ricans
- Ella Grasso – Governor of Connecticut, first woman governor of any US State elected in her own right
- Suzan Shown Harjo – Native American Public Policy Advocate and Journalist
- Oveta Culp Hobby – WWII Director of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and
first Secretary of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
- Barbara Mikulski – Longest serving woman in the United States Congress
- Inez Milholland – Woman Suffrage Leader and Martyr
- Karen Narasaki – Civil and Human Rights Leader on issues of Asian American equality
- Nancy Grace Roman – Chief of Astronomy of NASA and advocate for women in sciences
- Nadine Smith – LGBT Civil Rights Activist and Executive Director of Equality Florida
These are just a few of the Honorees of 2016 chosen by the National Women’s History Project. We haven’t heard of any of them, but it’s time to change that.
Their descriptions are found here
How can we celebrate National Women’s History Month?
Read up on women in history! Ask your local librarian for books and articles about women and girls that made history. What are some things that they did? How did they change society? Are their ways that you can make a difference?
- Have a murder mystery night with a variety of historical women.
- Host a costume party where the theme is historical women.
- Create a book group with your friends that focused on nonfiction or fiction about a woman who changed history.
- Be creative a make a board game about women who revolutionized science, politics, or arts! Who knows, it could be the next big thing.
Do you have any other ideas on how to celebrate? We’d love to hear from you!