Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been dedicated to the month of March since 1987.
On March 19th, 1911, the first International Woman’s Day was held, drawing more than 1 million people to rallies worldwide. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, most attempts at social reform ground to a halt, but women continued to march and demonstrate on International Woman’s Day. In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly began celebrating March 8th as International Women’s Day. By 2014, it was celebrated in more than 100 countries and had been made an official holiday in more than 25 of those countries.
Women Who Changed The World
Discussing the topic of Women’s History Month could be seen as a somewhat daunting task as there are an infinite amount of women to choose from whom you could focus on.
With this in mind I tried my best to come up with a small, but comprehensive list suitable for KS2 for whom you could teach about. Of course, you can teach about whomever you believe would fit best with your class; these are just simply my recommendations.
- Frida Kahlo
- Rosa Parks
- Marie Curie
- Ada Lovelace
- Mary Seacole
- Malala Yousufzai
- Emmeline Pankhurst
As well as these women from history, it wouldn’t be fair to dismiss all of the women here and now from the 21st century who are impacting the world for the betterment of everyone.
Technology, health, political and social change are just a small number of areas where woman are making constant leaps and bounds.
Strides are being taken every single day by women all around the world and there are a whole host of women whom you could talk about.
BBC Teach has a large collection, on their website, all about Women’s History Month. They have a separate section for both Primary and Secondary school. It includes things such as:
- Short films about the life of influential women
- A to Z of WW1: The Role of Women in WW1
- Mary Seacole
- Florence Nightingale
- Amelia Earhart
- Queen Victoria
Stories to help celebrate Women’s History Month
During my research for this topic I came across an extensive list of amazing books that could be used to talk about the subject of Women’s History Month and hopefully inspire younger people to take action in their lives towards change that they want to see.
I implore you to take a look for yourself, the link for the blog is here.
(note- the links within the other blog take you to an American version of Amazon listings but simply copy and paste the name of the books into your preferred book store site and it should produce results in your country)
Below I have handpicked some of the books from this blog, which I think are a very good starting point:
“Marvel at some of the world’s leading game-changers and go-getters; read about the suffragettes and their fight for rights, fashion icons, artists and revolutionaries…you will even meet pharaohs, queens, scientists and great literary minds with this fact-packed and inspiring introduction to our history’s female leaders. Be prepared to be inspired by Frida Kahlo, Anne Frank, Emmeline Pankhurst and so many more brilliant women.”
“Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world’s first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.“
“She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban’s rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.“
“Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women’s lives.“
“From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to chef extraordinaire Julia Child to queen of jazz Ella Fitzgerald, our protagonist pays homage to the women who came before her and imagines herself in their shoes. Maybe someday she’ll inspire little girls with her own gown of greatness.“
We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources all to do with teaching about Women’s History Month in your classroom. Click here to see all of our brand new Women’s History Month Resources.
Currently, we have our Frida Kahlo resources already up on the site. These are ready and waiting to be downloaded!
Please make sure to keep checking back on this blog as well as the front page of our site for updates on more of our Women’s History Month resources as we’ll be uploading more and more throughout the entirety of March.
We hope this blog has given you some ideas for how to celebrate Women’s History Month.
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).