When it comes to Women’s History Month, most of us have never quite been able to rely on a school curriculum, even pre-pandemic. Sadly, history and social studies books are still quite focused on the accomplishments (and failures) of cis white men. Which is why, though we’d like to celebrate women’s history and International Day of the Woman every day, we’re also happy to have this occasion to focus on the topic — while making it fun.
This year, with many kids spending more time out of the classroom than in it, parents and caregivers have an opportunity to talk to them about the accomplishments of women from Sojourner Truth to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with all the young female leaders we know will make the history books of the future. But just because we’re talking about history doesn’t mean we’re confined to sitting around reading books. Here we’ve gathered a few other ways to delve into the topic and actually get up and celebrate the fearless women and girls who make this world great.
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Attend a festival for Rebel Girls
How we wish Rebel Girls Fest on Sunday, March 7, were a festival IRL! But the virtual event from the publishers of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and the Rebel Podcast will allow girls from all over the globe to tune in and do everything from learn how to surf (in their living room) to tinker with an award-winning inventor. Melinda Gates will deliver the keynote address.
Unlearn how to be a lady
The PBS American Masters series Unladylike2020 introduces viewers to some remarkable women throughout history in easy-to-follow, visually arresting short videos. Learn all about women like labor reformer Grace Abbott and the first Black female pilot Bessie Coleman.
Support teachers by buying their lesson plans
While the site Teachers Pay Teachers is, as the name says, for other teachers, we’re all teachers now. There are a number of lesson plans, worksheets, projects, and more interactive assignments you can download from the experts for a small fee.
Take a class together
Well, technically the women’s history-focused classes available on online class forums like Outschool and Kidpass are usually meant for kids, but we won’t tell on you for sitting in on them outside of the Zoom camera’s view. Because honestly, we want to learn all about famous women in medicine, or how to paint like Frida Kahlo, as much as our kids do.
Listen to stories about incredible women
Our kids will probably never admit that they’re tired of screens, but when you let them listen to fascinating audiobooks and podcasts, they never complain. Download a few great bios straight from Amazon, or if your kids have become audiobook addicts, look into subscribing to Pinna, where there’s some fascinating biographies about women now and all year long.
Learn how to start your own business
Microsoft is offering a number of interesting virtual events on International Women’s Day (March 8), including tours of its Legacy Project online museum (featuring female leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries) and panels with other leaders. But we’re especially interested in the workshop called Girls in Business featuring 16-year-old entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer who landed a multimillion-dollar Whole Foods deal for her company Me & the Bees Lemonade when she was just 11 years old.
Add these books starring girls of color to your kids’ shelves.