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Celebrate Women's History Month

Some ideas for honoring women's history

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March is Women's History Month -- at least, it is in the United States. (It's October in Canada.) March 8, is International Women's Day. (Why March 8? Read about it here.)

Here are some ideas for how to celebrate, in no particular order:

1) Do you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter, or other girl in your life? Give her a biography of a woman who accomplished important goals in her life. if you can match the woman to the girl's interests, all the better. (If you don't know her interests, celebrate the month by getting to know them.)

2) Do the same for a son, nephew, grandson, or other boy or young man in your life. Boys need to read about women of accomplishment too! Don't do a hard sell, though. Most boys will read about women -- fictional or real -- if you don't make it into a Big Deal. The earlier you start, of course, the better. If he just won't take to a book about a woman, then pick a biography of a man who supported women's rights. Yes, there were some -- check out my Men's Voices links for a few.

3) More on books: donate to your local public or school library enough money to buy a book, and direct them to pick one that's on women's history.

4) If you're a teacher, find a way to work women's history month into your regular classes. Check out my links for Women's History Month and the links for curriculum materials. For more ideas, check out the appropriate links: If you teach science, check out the science links; if you teach English, check out the writers links, etc. Be creative! If you're not a teacher, but know one, tell her or him about these resources.

5) Casually drop into conversation, a few times this month, something about a woman you admire. If you need some ideas or more information first, use this site to search for ideas on who to mention.

6) Buy some stamps commemorating notable women, and then send a couple of those letters you've been meaning to write to old friends. Or new ones.

7) Find a local event -- check out your local newspaper online (most major newspapers now have a web site with online stories)

8) Add to this wonderful resource of information, the Net or the Web: create your own small web site on some aspect of women's history that intrigues you. Keep it simple to start -- one page is better than none. You can find a free web space provider to host your project and learn a little HTML.

9) Join an organization that works in the present for an issue that you think is important. Don't just be a paper member -- commemorate all the women who've helped make the world better, by becoming one of them.

10) Print out copies of the Proclamation of Women's History Month and post it on a public bulletin board at your school, office or even the grocery store.

11) Plan a trip to a site honoring women's history. Maybe you'll find one locally, or check out my Travel links to see what you can find on the web.

12) Last, but not least: Think ahead to next year's Women's History Month. Plan to offer an article to your organization's newsletter, volunteer to initiate a project, plan ahead to give a speech at your organization's March meeting, etc.

I'm sure you'll think of other ideas, too. Why not share your experience and ideas so that others might also be inspired to take action?

Don't miss the links for Women's History Month.

Text copyright 1999-2010 © Jone Johnson Lewis .

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