March 1 marks the start of National Women's History Month, and AAUW has strong ties to this annual celebration of women history makers. AAUW is an established historic organization that has helped — and continues to help — women make history.
With that in mind, AAUW is excited to partner with the National Women's History Project in its 30th anniversary year, which has the theme "Writing Women Back into History."
There will be many ways for AAUW members and supporters to get involved this year, and AAUW's Women's History Month celebrations will include the following:
A Flickr stream of photos
If you have photos of a Women's History Month event to share, please upload them to AAUW's Flickr stream by e-mailing the photos to mess90zap [at] photos.flickr.com*. Please be sure to include a short caption for each photo in the subject line or in the text of your e-mail message and indicate that the photos are for National Women’s History Month. Women's History Month-related photos will be available for viewing directly on the Flickr account.
A YouTube video campaign
AAUW staff members will be filming short videos about women they are honoring during Women's History Month that will be uploaded to AAUW's YouTube channel. If you would like to share a Women's History Month-related video that you’ve made, just upload it to your own account and send in the link via e-mail. We will collect videos from AAUW branches and members and online supporters and share them through the blog and/or Facebook.
A discussion thread on Facebook
In addition to regular postings of videos, blog entries, and articles on AAUW's Facebook fan page wall, there will be a discussion thread available on Facebook for members and online supporters to use to share Women’s History Month information, including, but not limited to
- Event information
- Women's history facts
- Inspirational quotes by/about women
- Individual stories people would like to share
- Websites and/or online articles about women's history
Tweeting about women's history
AAUW will use the #wmnhist (Women's History) tag every day in March instead of just on Wednesdays. And @AAUW, as well as our followers and online supporters, will be tweeting women's history facts, quotes, links to Women's History Month-related videos, articles about women's history, relevant blog posts, and so on. To follow the women's history conversation on Twitter, log in to Twitter and then search for the #wmnhist tag.
AAUW's fantastic blog team will be highlighting various women throughout the month of March. In addition, there may be some guest bloggers, including the filmmaker behind the documentary Seneca Falls. You can order the video for screening parties.
On March 4 AAUW will blog about Half the Sky Live, the CARE event that is related to Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
AAUW will be blogging for International Women’s Day on March 8 and will be participating in the National Engineers Week Foundation's 2010 Global Marathon: For, by and about Women in Engineering and Technology. The marathon will take place March 10–11.
As part of the part of the Red Pump Project, AAUW will blog for National Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day on March 10.
Finally, AAUW also has pledged to blog on March 24, which is Ada Lovelace Day, to celebrate women in technology and science.
Other ways you can get involved:
Host a screening party
Another way to help celebrate National Women's History Month and add your perspective to the conversation is by having your say in the "comments" section of the AAUW blog. Please comment on the blog to share more information about the women and topics that will be written about during this month.
How else will you be celebrating National Women's History Month? AAUW would love to hear your ideas and looks forward to your participation in our Women's History Month activities.
This post contributed by Katherine (Katie) Broendel, AAUW's Acting Social Media Coordinator. It has been cross-posted from AAUW Dialog.
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