How to Celebrate National Women’s History Month with Your Child
The month of March is National Women’s History Month, which recognizes the strength, tenacity, and courage of women throughout history.
Women were largely absent from history books until the 1970s, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t left their mark on history. These women and their stories can continue to inspire kids today.
Here are a few ideas on how your family can participate in National Women’s History Month and celebrate the achievements of women:
Teach Your Children About Women Who Made a Difference
This year the theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. There were 15 honorees selected because of their persistence to challenge inequality, and they have all brought positive change to the lives of diverse American women. Read your children the stories of these great women and discuss how they made an impact.
Have Your Children Honor a Woman in Their Life
Whether it’s their mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, neighbor, or friend, we all have women in our lives, and each of them have a story. Ask your kids to make an effort to make the women in their lives feel important. They can extend a simple gesture like spending time with them, or go the extra mile and show them how they’ve affected their life or the lives of others with a letter, drawings or a video.
Learn More About a Woman in History
From composers and painters to pilots and engineers, women have made their mark on plenty of career fields. Help inspire your children to learn more about a profession they’re interested in by learning about a woman in that field. Or, they can share a story about a woman who made history involving something someone else is interested in. For instance, they could teach their little brother all about Amelia Earhart since he loves his toy planes so much! Afterall, like Benjamin Whichcote said “there’s no better way to learn than to teach.”
Inspire Your Children to Make History
Motivate your children to set goals, and make sure they know what steps to take to accomplish them. They could be encouraged by many women in history, and see the results of their hard work in different ways. Marie Curie, for example, was pursuing her passion investigating radioactivity in substances and minerals when she became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. She continued her research, and won a second Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. Her hard work paid off, just like your child’s will.
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Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.