March is Women’s History Month. The month honors the achievements and contributions of women in the United States throughout our country’s history. It provides a great opportunity to teach children about the role women have played, and continue to play, in advancing art, science, math, law, education and other fields.
Here are ideas.
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1. Learn about the history of women’s rights and the successes of American women through the years.
Did you know?
- Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from medical school and become a doctor in the United States in 1849.
- Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, which helped launch the civil rights movement.
- Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress in 1917.
Learn about additional milestones related to the history of women in the United States.
2. Make a virtual visit to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848. It highlights women’s struggles for civil rights, human rights and equality – struggles that continue in many ways today.
3. Read children’s books written by authors or illustrated by artists who are women.
There are lots of great book lists out there to choose from. For example, PBS.org has a list of children’s books that honor Women’s History Month and so does the School Library Journal. Social Justice Books recommends a children’s book for every day of Women’s History Month. You can check out most of the books on these lists from your local library.
4. Make kid-friendly arts and crafts projects in honor of Women’s History Month.
There are plenty of projects you can make with your children to celebrate Women’s History Month. Here are a few ideas:
- Make an astronaut helmet in honor of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
- Make a bus in honor of Rosa Parks, a well-known woman in the civil rights movement.
- Print out coloring pages that honor Susan B. Anthony, a well-known woman in the women’s rights movement.
- Make a family tree to celebrate the history of women in your family.
5. Send thank you notes to women who shape your children’s lives.
Help your children generate a list of strong women in their lives and let their creativity do the rest! While making thank you notes, children will practice gratitude, handwriting skills, and much more. They’ll also have tons of fun dropping their notes in the mail.
6. Check out websites dedicated to Women’s History Month.
The National Museum of American History’s exhibit Girlhood, It’s Complicated highlights ways American girls have advocated for themselves, challenged expectations, and been on the frontlines of change through the years. National Geographic Kids also has a website dedicated to Women’s History Month.
7. Watch videos about Women’s History Month.
Plenty of kid-friendly videos explain the importance of Women’s History Month. Here are a couple to check out:
8. Learn about women featured on postage stamps.
While many women have left their stamp on American history, only some are featured on United States postage stamps. Be sure to look through this guide put together by the United States Postal Service.
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