March is Women's History Month! As a national holiday in the US in March and in October in Canada, national organizations will be offering informational and entertaining content promoting the advancements, discoveries, and accomplishments of women throughout our history.
According to the National Women's History Alliance, the theme of Women's History 2021 is "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silent," which had originally been intended to be last year's theme. 2020 was supposed to be a centennial celebration of women's suffrage. As we covered in August of last year in our article, "The 19th Amendment Turns 100," the 19th Constitution Amendment, which guaranteed the right to vote to every American citizen regardless of sex, was ratified in 1920. Due to COVID, many events commemorating this centennial were postponed to 2021.
How to Celebrate Women's History Month with Your Kids
- Watch Unladylike2020 - This series, produced for PBS, documents the stories of lesser known, but no less important, female historical figures of the suffrage movement. Unladylike2020 features a diverse group of women from different racial, ethnic, cultural backgrounds achieving success and breaking barriers in a variety of fields like athletics, activism, and business.
- Read She Persisted - We featured a book from the She Persisted series before on our Black History Reading List for 2020 about Claudette Colvin, and there are many more books in this series for our kids to discover! This series of picture books expands on the original book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger.
- Check out Aspire 2 Inspire - NASA recently landed the Perseverance rover on Mars, a huge step forward in studying our solar system. Aspire 2 Inspire was founded to raise awareness about the amazing accomplishments of women in STEM, to encourage the next generation of scientists, astronauts, and inventors who will bring us more amazing feats of human ingenuity.
- Honor Your Own History - Chances are, your family already has some amazing women's history to discover! Encourage your kids to reach out to the women in their lives, be they aunts, grandmothers, cousins. Write down stories and anecdotes you remember from relatives past. Look up the history of where your family came from, what life must have been like for your child's great-great-great-grandmother. You can compile old pictures, diary entries, even recipes in a family history book your kids will cherish forever. While we are all waiting for life to return to its post-COVID normal, this is a great way to interact with family and loved ones in a socially distanced way!