Children's Development

Celebrating Women’s History

March is Women’s History Month, a time to spark important conversations that reflect on the contributions of women and girls. Celebrate those who have raised their voices to effect change and created opportunities for future generations.

Learn about 4 of these young female heroes who used their platforms to challenge the status quo.

Malala Yousafzai

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An activist from Pakistan and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner who fights for the rights of girls in education. Read about her incredible story of courage here.

Write a digital letter and email it to Malala here:

Or send a letter to:

Malala Fund

P.O. Box 73767

Washington D.C. 20056

Greta Thunberg

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An environmental activist from Sweden who challenges world leaders to take action on climate change and encourages children to get involved in saving the planet.  Find a great kid friendly profile of Greta here.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland, shown at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Australia, will join the Washington Ballet for “Swan Lake.” (Queensland Performing Arts Centre)

A ballet prodigy who was the first African American principal ballerina in American Ballet Theater’s history. She broke through racial barriers and inspires future generations of girls to follow their dreams.

Read her books: Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers and Bunhead by Misty Copeland and Setor Fiadzigbey

Marley Dias

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The young founder of #1000BlackGirlsBooks, who launched a social media campaign to collect 1,000 books featuring black female characters. Donate books to her campaign and learn more here.

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.