For those of you who are already integrating Women’s History throughout the curriculum and year, we recommend you look at Women’s History Month as a time to:
- Highlight certain topics and/or eras, eg: Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, Women’s Rights Movement
- Dive deeper into topics you want to explore, eg: workforce income disparities, Title VII & IX, #SayHerName, intersectionality and its impact on the treatment of women
- Acknowledge and celebrate female pioneers and leaders - dig below the surface to find women who are not typically acknowledged, eg: scientists, political leaders, writers, athletes, etc.
- Acknowledge and celebrate women in your community and/or family who are remarkable and inspirational in their own way
To add to your planning, we hope the following book list and resources are helpful.
Lessons, Resources and Ways to Approach Women’s History Month
Celebrating Women's History Month Book Collection
In celebration of Women's History Month, we put together a collection features books covering a wide range of historical figures and moments in women's history.
Connect Children to Their History
- How does your family talk about things that are not fair?
- How does your family talk about the issues that are affecting life in the United States and the world?
- What can we learn from the past that we can apply to today?
- How do you know when something is unfair?
- Make a list of things that you think are unfair. For example, you may want to focus on classroom and/or school policies and/or rules.
- Why do you think these things are unfair?
- How would you change these things to make them more fair?
- How did the changes you made to make things more fair affect people’s lives?
Ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest news, impact reports, donor events, and much more.
Understand intersectionality and its effects on people
- How does race impact life experiences for women?
- How may the lives of Women of Color differ from the lives of White women?
Understand and Dismantle Sexism
- What were the civil rights activist fighting against and for?
- How does sexism show up in our lives today?
- How did the strategies that female activists have used in the past (eg, Women’s Suffrage and Women’s Rights Movement) compare to more current day movements, such as Black Lives Matter protests?
Have Children Explore their Own Identities
- How did the identities of the main character affect the story?
- If the gender of the main character was changed, how do you think the story may have been told differently?
To introduce intersectionality:
When you think of yourself, what are the major identities that come to mind first – eg, gender, race, neighborhood, athlete, musician, etc.? Discuss if you feel that some of your identities result in you being treated more fairly than others that you hold.