March was designated as Women’s History Month back in 1987, and we’re still keeping it up today. It was set aside specifically to honor women’s contributions to American history, just like Febuary’s Black History Month does for African Americans. Women’s History Month should serve as an integral part of the school curriculum in March, if not all-year round. Even if COVID has prevented specific actions, there are still some minor things that can be done.
Due to the inability to be as close as before, schools have been conducting virtual scavenger hunts in order to engage students. For Women’s History Month, students can complete an online Q&A or mix-in-match including questions or facts including the accomplishments, contributions and history of many impactful women who deserve to be celebrated like Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Roxane Gray, Eleanor Rosevelt and Rosa Parks.
Students can slo band together to make quote boards full of famous and favorite phrases made by women in history. Quotes can be pinned up on bulletin boards, or used as answers to lift-the-flap questions. The point is to create a fun way for students to interact with each other while learning about important women in history. They’ll be able to share what exactly they like about particular quotes and gain a better understanding of each other and women’s history.
Simply taking the time to educate yourself and explore the history of women’s rights and demonstrating basic awareness of the many issues women deal with today is already a type of celebration.
It’s easy to overlook these dedicated months and just let them run their course, but the women that have fought for progress and helped us get to where we are today deserve to be celebrated for their efforts. It might seem a bit tedious, but Women’s History Month is just the beginnings of a blueprint for a more inclusive environment.
Below are a list of non-profit organizations that could definitely use your help this coming March:
National Women’s Law Center – https://nwlc.org/
A D.C.-based non-profit organizations that tackles social injustice and discrimination against women.
Global Fund for Women – https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/
Provides funding for women’s rights and fights against economic injustice and gender inequality
Women for Women International – https://www.womenforwomen.org/
A humanitarian group that provides moral support for women who were victims of war. They work in countries like Afghanistan and South Sudan
National Women’s History Alliance – https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/
Non-profit that preserves and shares women’s history. It pushes schools to take on lesson plans that are more inclusive and share women’s history along with the issues they faced.