Celebrating Women: Past, Present, and Future

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Watching Vice President Kamala Harris be sworn into office as the first female ever to do so was a moment in history that we (and the history books) will never forget.  We have come a long way from the suffrage movement. What an inspiration to young girls everywhere. It truly personifies the meaning of “the sky’s the limit”.

We believe power comes from knowledge, and to empower a better future for all women, we must understand our past. The legacy of many women from the past century has propelled women’s rights by leaps and bounds over the past 100 years. It is from these women that our daughters, sisters, mothers,  fellow teachers, and so many others who we may never meet so often find the inner strength and confidence to continue to fight for and ensure the future rights of those who come after us. 

There are many things we can gain from history, including the inspiration for what lies ahead, appreciation of our present rights, and understanding the actions we need to take as we push forward.

It is important to share real stories of these history-making women, the perseverance showed, injustices fought, and obstacles overcome so our young girls and boys can know of heroes they may have never yet heard of. 

By giving more attention to women’s history, we honor those women who helped pave the way for what we have today. But our work is far from done. We must celebrate the successes of women in our past and present so that the youth of our future can continue the journey.

Bring women’s history to your classrooms with these resources that we believe can help educate, inspire, and be fun for kids to discover.

TPT Women’s History Resources

Important Women in History by Vera Ahiyya (The Tutu Teacher) – freebie

31 Days of Women’s History by Here Wee Read

25 Free Posters by Create-Abilities

Women Inventors Freebie by Education to the Core

 

Book List Youtube Read-Alouds

Firebird by Misty Copeland

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter

Dear, Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

A is for Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

Book List – Upper Elementary Chapter Books

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai 

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels by Linda Skeers

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

 

Blog Posts and Articles on Women’s History

Insist on Persistent Women: Women’s History in the K-8 Classroom by Susan Zeiger, Teaching for Justice 

A More Complete Women’s History by Coshandra Dillard, Teaching for Justice

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Books by Andrea Maurer, Scholastic

 

Videos

PBS Kids: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

BrainPop Women’s History

BrainPopJr Biographies

Educational Videos for Students: Women’s History Month Facts                                          Amazing Women in History Playlist

UNLADYLIKE 2020

 

Women’s History Podcasts for Kids and Adults

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Forever Ago

Overheard at National Geographic

What’shername

#HerStory

Extras

National Women’s History Museum Virtual Exhibits

Science Lessons: Science NetLinks: Women’s History Month

 

Activities for the Classroom

  • Famous Women Word Search:  Scholastic
  • Online Activity: Women’s History Scavenger Hunt; We Are Teachers
  • Have a discussion about Amelia Earhart, Blanche Stuart Scott, or Betty Skelton with students creating their own paper airplanes.
  • Write A Letter – We can think of this activity in two different ways. 1) Have a student research a famous historical woman of their choice.  Then the student can write a letter to that person about some of their accomplishments.  2) The student can write a letter from the perspective of a famous historical woman of their choice.  Explaining to their class what they believe and who they are.  
  • If you include current events and are big into space, you are definitely having conversations and using resources about the latest Mars landing.  Mars for Kids – NASA Mars    Don’t forget to include books and dialogue of Sally Ride, the first woman in space.  
  •  It would be a mistake if I didn’t provide you with resources for our true “Hidden Figures” when talking about space and NASA.  Fast and Fun Resources for Hidden Figures | Scholastic is a great resource that includes activities for the book “Hidden Figures”. There are also additional biographies and information on Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan.  

“Here’s to strong women. We know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

~ Unknown

We hope you find these resources helpful. As an organization, ETTC will continue to share information and resources that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. These resources should not just be used for one month, but all year round. 

In addition, if you have resources to share with us, be sure to put them in the comments below! Together, we will work towards the goal of inclusion of everyone. We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

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