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Women's History Month 2024

Author: Best Brains Mar 01, 2024

A mother and a daughter dressed up like superheroes

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 2024 is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion" which recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions.

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, and 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 expand 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's Perseverance rover recently celebrated its second year 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 and 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, or cousins. Write down stories and anecdotes you remember from relatives' past. Look up the history of where your family came from; discover what life must have been like for your child's great-great-great-grandmother. You can compile old pictures, diary entries, and even recipes in a family history book your kids will cherish forever. This is a great way to interact with family and loved ones in a socially distanced way!