Women's History Month
This month Ashford University recognizes March as National Women's History Month. The purpose of Women's History Month is to acknowledge the plethora of contributions to society made by women past and present, as well as to empower women today to know they can make a difference.
Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us."
Christabel Pankhurst, Suffragette
National Women's History Project
2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Women's History Project. In 1980, a group of women collaborated to form the National Women's History Project. The group was organized with the mission of lobbying for women's rights and women's recognition as well as to designate the month of March as Women's History Month.
Their lobbying efforts were first rewarded when President Carter granted the creation of National Women's History week, to take place the week of March 8. However, the National Women's History Project continued to lobby for greater awareness and in 1987, Congress finally declared March as Women's History Month.
Historic Places for Women's History
The National Register of Historic Places devoted a section on their website devoted to Places Where Women Made History. If your travel plans include New York or Massachusetts, or if you already live there, create your own adventure to visit some of the historic places where women made history! The state of New York also houses the Hall of Fame for Famous Women in American History.
International Women's Day
While it is very important to understand women's history, it is also important to recognize the women who impact our lives every day. Is there a woman in your life that you can thank during Women's History month – a coworker, a boss, a mom, a sister? March 8, 2010 is International Women's Day. Consider making this day your day of recognizing these special women in your life!
How You Can Participate
Take some time this month to freshen up on your women's history and issues! Many libraries and video stores will have special sections dedicated to promoting Women's History Month. Here are some ideas!
- The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Placco
- Women Who Dared by Valjean McLenighan
- A History of Women in America by Michael Weissman and Carol Hymowitz
- Born for Liberty by Sara Evans
- Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Women in Modern America by Lois Banner
- Norma Rae (1979)
- A League of Their Own (1992)
- Real Women Have Curves (2002)
- Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
- Home of the Brave (2006)
- Amelia (2009)
You can also test your knowledge of Women's History!
*** Thanks to the National Women's History Project for their knowledge and availability to share it with others. Thanks also to the resources provided by the National Register of Historic Places and InternationalWomensDay.com.***