Monday, March 24, 2014

Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Throughout history women have paved the way for others, making significant contributions to society and playing a positive role in orchestrating necessary change. During the month of March, which is named Women’s History Month, we acknowledge and celebrate women and their impact throughout history. There are many ways for you and your family to learn more about women’s history and enjoy celebrations being held throughout the month, too.

Women’s History Month Facts:

According to census information:

As of December 2013, there were approximately 4 million more women than men in the U.S.
In 2012, there were 1.6 million female veterans in the U.S.
In 2012, the average salary for women was just under $38,000; the average salary for men was close to $50,000 that same year.
In 2012, 63.7% of women voted compared to 59.7% of men.

Why Celebrate Women’s History Month?

1. Recognize the accomplishments of women throughout history.
2. Identify women of character, courage, and commitment.
3. Discover the victories, struggles, and individual stories of all women.
4. Teach our next generation valuable lessons through women in history.

Contributions by Women in History

While women have had an impact on society in nearly every area possible, here are some examples of fields they have influenced:

Human rights
Animal welfare
Literature, film, and the arts

Significant Women in History

Some of the well-known women in history include:

Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton fought for a woman’s right to vote.
Clara Barton, after tending to the needy during the Civil War, was the founder and first president of the Red Cross.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
Rosa Parks made significant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, which all started on a bus.

Yet, for every woman in history named for her accomplishments, there are hundreds of unsung heroes that never receive recognition. Perhaps it’s the teacher who had an impact on a student’s career path, or even a relative who helped mold you into the individual you are today.

Ways to Teach Children About Women’s History:

1. Visit a Women’s History Museum. If you’re not close enough or can’t manage a trip, check out this site for interesting information and online exhibits. For a list of women’s history museums specifically in Washington, D.C., check out
2. Test your knowledge. Visit the National Women’s History Project for quizzes about women in history that will challenge you and your family.
3. Discuss gender equality.  Have a conversation about equal treatment for individuals regardless of gender with your children and the impact women have had on this issue.
4. Recognize significant women in your lives. Point out women in your children’s lives who make a difference in the world on a daily basis and acknowledge these individuals in a special way.
5. Enjoy programs throughout the month. Whether you attend a local program about women in history or watch a televised one, you can celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women in history close to home.

Kathy Rembisz
Contributing Writer

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