Honoring Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is celebrated annually in March to recognize the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. For educators and parents who want to honor WHM, here are several ideas on how to make meaningful lessons to acknowledge the accomplishments of women and girls.
Start by helping kids create a timeline of events to better understand the changes and movements in women’s history. Foster a deeper appreciation for the achievements of historical women and see the need to continue fight for equality.
Include activities that get students and families involved. Invite family members, female leaders, or professionals into your class to share about their lives or careers.
What are some of the lesser-known contributions to women’s history? Ask students to research and share about women who they think deserve more recognition. Equip young people to embrace change and strive for equality.
Present writing prompts or class discussions using the following conversation starters: If you can have any historical woman as your best friend, who would it be and why? Or, who is a woman in your life who has had a significant influence on you and in what way?
Reenact famous moments in history. Choose female role models and influential figures in women’s history. Provide artifacts: old pictures, letters, newspapers for students to explore. Help children understand the cultural and societal influences that have impacted women throughout time.
Amplify women’s voices by emphasizing the importance of women’s history in your home and classroom. Celebrate current female leaders and inspiring figures. Reflect on the progress that has been made since the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
Tailor activities to fit the grade level and interests of your learners. By celebrating Women’s History Month, we can inspire future generations of women to make a difference and achieve their goals!
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.