Women’s History Month is in March. This is a time to remember women who made a difference. Some paved the way for equal opportunities. Others broke records with their achievements. As a female and mother, I want my family to value the contributions of the women who changed history. These children’s activities for women’s history month explore these events.
I think it’s important to remember that we have come a long way in terms of voting rights. In fact, women were not always allowed to vote. After the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, women earned the right to vote. However, they fought for suffrage for 72 years. Children can make a timeline with important events from the fight for suffrage. There is plenty of kid-friendly information on scholastic.com.
Read Books and Watch Movies with Strong Female Characters
There are countless stories where the female has to be saved. Luckily, many modern tales have created strong female protagonists. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan tells the tale of a once-wealthy 13-year-old girl whose life is turned upside down. After her father is killed, Esperanza adapts to life in a California camp for Mexican farm workers. For younger children, Disney’s Tangled tells an updated version of Rapunzel with a feisty heroine.
Visit a Women’s History Museum
March is a great time to visit the Women’s Museum in San Diego, California. The museum has a wealth of exhibits and events for the month. Nwhm.org has an online exhibit with interesting information about women who ran for president, female spies and Olympians. Finally, the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. has a Women’s History Month Family Festival with music performances and crafts.
Women Who Changed History Collage
There are so many women who changed history. Rosa Parks, Sally Ride and Dr. Mae Jemison are three that come to mind. Making a collage of women who changed history is a fun way to learn about these influential females. You can have children think of strong women who made a difference. This could be their grandmother, mother or sister. It could be a teacher, politician or librarian. You could focus on famous female athletes or civil rights activists throughout history. To make the collage, print out online pictures, cut out magazine photos and gather up some 3D symbols like a plastic bus or vintage airplane. For more inspiration, check out 50 famous women who changed the world.
These activities for Women’s History Month will help us remember women who changed history. It’s definitely a memory I want to keep alive.