Let's Celebrate National Women's History Month
by Susan Dunn
March is National Women's History Month and this year's theme is "Women Change America." During this month, we acknowledge and honor the role American women have played in our history, with their influence in culture, politics, the family, religion, art, science, education -- in every facet of our lives. If you think it’s largely been an “unsung” song, now’s your chance. Focus on women’s contributions this moth. Educate, inform and praise – yourself and others.
So much of our Western history has focused on the contributions of men. Why not take this month to acquaint yourself with the many contributions of women, and to pass this on to you daughters and sons. Ideally when we talk about contributions to our collective history, we will talk about the individuals who made these contributions, both men AND women.
Here are some ways to join the celebration:
1. Check out the list of women being honored, and educate yourself about these women and their contributions. Go here:
2. Then express your own opinion and talk about the women who weren't nominated - maybe your neighbor, maybe your mother, maybe yourself!
Here are two websites to get you started. (1) Notable Women Ancestors is looking for you. It's comprised of women's biographies and genealogical data of notable women in history and not-so-famous women submitted by actual living descendants. Get on it -
www.rootsweb.com/~nwa. (2) The National Women's History Project is another resource and they want to hear from you. They say, "We want to document the important and inspiring moments of a grassroots movement that has changed America and changed the way our culture understands the importance of women as a force in history. Go here for more information:
3. Order the official poster for National Women's History Month and display it proudly:
http://www.nwhp.org/whm/themes/theme03.html. Put one up in the break room at work, in your cubby, on the side of your car!
4. Raise awareness by encouraging your city council to make a proclamation for Women’s History Month. It’s easier than you might think. Here’s a sample proclamation to get your started:
5. Order these placemats and other thematic celebrational items and find the opportunity to use them – at work, at your children’s school cafeteria or homeroom, at your place of worship, at your favorite neighborhood bistro, at the beauty salon, or anywhere they can be used. Banners, buttons and balloons also
5. Check out power contact websites listed here for working women, and add your own!
www.womenworking2000.com . And because not all contributions to history have been made by women or individuals in the work place, raise awareness by continuing to use the phrase “work outside the home.” Many contributions to history have been made by women who were not paid for what they did.
6. Read about some of the great women's museums in this country and go visit one near you. Here are a few: National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, Tx.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, DC; Women of the West Museum, in Denver, Colorado; International Women's Air and Space Museum, in Dayton, Ohio; and the U.S. Army Women's Museum, in Fort Lee, Virginia. Go here for links to their websites:
7. See how you do on the Groundbreaking Women Quiz - http://www.infoplease.com/spot/quiz/whm2/1.html
or the Women in History Quiz: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/quiz/whm3/1.html.
Sample question from Groundbreaking Women: Former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins (1880-1965) was the first woman to be appointed to a presidential cabinet. Which leader did she serve under? (Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, or Calvin
Sample question from Women in History: Who was the first African American woman elected to Congress? (Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, or Eleanor Holmes Norton?)
8. Become familiar with all the women who have won the Pulitzer prize and pass the word on. Here are a few: Sara Teasdale, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Harper Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Wendy Wasserstein. For complete list, go here:
9. While you're there, take a look at the women who have won the Nobel Prize. Start with Madame Curie, two-time winner - in 1903 in physics, and in 1911, for chemistry. Then her daughter won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1935. Go here to learn about the women Nobel Prize winners from all over the world:
10. How about some reading and the doing some book reviews to spread the knowledge. You can start with
"To Love This
Life," quotations by Helen Keller. Then read with your son and/or daughter, or to them, "A Picture Book of Helen
Keller". Then help your child make his or her own listmania of books about women.
©Susan Dunn, MA, EQ and Life Coach, http://www.susandunn.cc. Susan coaches individuals in emotional intelligence with applications to success in career and relationships. She also trains and certifies EQ coaches internationally through her long-distance EQ Alive! program. For more information and FREE
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