Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Women of Wednesday: National Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month, and according to the National Women’s History Project, the theme for 2010 is “Writing Women Back into History.” Which, I would like to think, is part of what the America’s Notable Women series is about.

If you want to encourage observance of National Women’s History Month in your state or school district, here’s a link to the brochure.

There’s a great website, hosted by the Library of Congress and supported by several other institutions including the Smithsonian and the National Park Service. Exhibits feature women from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Mary Cassatt to women astronauts and women in the military. Worth exploring.

The National Women’s History Museum, although still striving to establish themselves in the physical world, have some very interesting cyberexhibits to explore and a lovely collection of brief biographies.

The American Association of University Women is promoting a host of activities in cyberspace, tapping pretty much every social media forum to spread the word and raise consciousness.

Scholastic has a lot of nice material up, designed for use in classrooms but quite interesting for anyone, although you do need to have Powerpoint to watch them.

In a semi-related thought, I had several occasions over the last two weeks to think “we HAVE come a long way – who would have guessed, just a few short years ago, that the Olympics would focus rapt attention on women’s alpine skiing and hockey and the costume gossip would be about men’s figure skating?

Happy Women's History Month to all!

3 comments:

administrator said...

Thank you so much for mentioning AAUW's National Women's History Month activities! We hope you'll be participating, too. :-)

I'm Jet . . . said...

Yes, Sally, quite the switch up in the Olympics. We HAVE come a long way, baby!

Jet

Mur said...

Sally said,
"...who would have guessed, just a few short years ago, that the Olympics would focus rapt attention on women’s alpine skiing and hockey and the costume gossip would be about men’s figure skating?"

And the best news: for the newest generations, these back and forth transitions will be the norm!