As an author of historical romance, I love writing about bold, courageous heroines—women who pursue their own dreams and don’t wait around to be rescued by the hero, no matter how daring he might be. So, you might imagine I was a more than a wee bit frustrated by the treatment of history while a student in school. I recall memorizing dates, discussing historical events, and learning the names of the men involved in those events. The impacts of a scant few women in history were presented—Queen Elizabeth, Betsy Ross, and Dolley Madison come to mind. But by and large, I learned about the accomplishments of women through my voracious use of the library’s biography section.
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Later, when I became a teacher, I strove to share the accomplishments of remarkable women throughout the year. Women’s History Month was a special time in my classroom, an entire month designated to recognize diverse women who’ve made such a difference throughout the centuries.
President Jimmy Carter first issued a Presidential Proclamation designating the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. President Carter’s proclamation called to attention the achievements of leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Please click the link to access the National Women’s History Project: President Carter's Proclamation
In 1987, Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. What a great time to introduce young students to the women who’ve helped shape the fabric of our society! If you’re interested in learning more about women of achievement during this month and throughout the year, many resources can be found online. Here are a few of my favorites:
~ Women's History Month - Hosted by the Library of Congress; Brought to readers by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - This site provides a wealth of resources
including teacher resources and photographs.
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