Celebrating International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month! Explore the important contributions women have made to American society with your child.
International Women’s Day is on March 8th, and it is a day that can serve as a launching point for education and inspiration. The campaign for International Women’s Day this year is all about breaking the bias and Providing Healing, Promoting Hope. As the International Women’s Day website shares:
Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can break the bias in our communities.
We can break the bias in our workplaces.
We can break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities.
Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.
Activities to Celebrate Women’s History Month
Celebrate the spectacular accomplishments of women around the world. The theme of Women’s History Month 2022 is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”
This inspiring message is in honor of all the caregivers, mothers, teachers, frontline workers, and other strong women who have worked tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic of the last two years. The month-long celebration of trailblazing women in history started as Women’s History Week in March of 1980, centered around International Women’s Day on March 8 as the National Women’s History Project notes, 14 states had already declared March Women’s History Month by 1986, and in 1987, Congress designated March the official month to honor Women’s history, activism, and fight for equality.
Women’s History Month month is a great time to explore the important contributions women have made to society with your child, and inspire girls and young women to achieve their goals and dreams for the future. Here are some fun Women’s Month activities and crafts you can do with kids.
Learn about and from Rosie the Rivetor
Which figure better symbolizes women breaking into the labor movement than Rosie the Riveter? Did you know that Rosie has her own song? It was written in 1942 by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and instantly became a hit. Play the song with your child (chances are she’ll love the “riveter noises” part!), and then talk with her about what Rosie symbolized for women entering the workforce for the first time. Then take Rosie’s “We Can Do It!” motto to heart and get involved yourself — do your own part for your community! There are volunteer activities you can do with your child at any age, so try something new and give back to your community. You can do it!
Be Inspired by Women Artists
How do you begin to introduce your child to the accomplishments women have made in the arts? Michelle Philips, freelance writer and professional nanny, suggests in her blog Kindred to read renowned poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s poetry together. Her poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” is full of fun rhymes and an empowering message that little ones will love. Then you can make a game of brainstorming rhyming words with your younger ones or work together on writing your own poem with kids who are a little older.
Send a Pop Up Card to Women You Admire
Cards aren’t just for Mother’s Day! On International Women’s Day, teach your child to show care and appreciation for the important women in their lives by sending a sweet card and personalized note. 3-D greeting card company, Lovepop has a whole Celebrating Women Collection of gorgeous pop-up greeting cards that are sure to put a smile on someone’s face! From beautiful bunches of flowers to pop-up figures of iconic female characters like Princess Leia from Star Wars or Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. Lovepop cards offer a unique way to show someone how much they mean.
Whether it’s their second-grade teacher, babysitter, aunt, grandmother, or someone else, having good female role models makes a huge difference for young girls and boys! to have good self-esteem and empathy for others. Lovepop’s cards also come with a little secret slot for your child to add a note telling the receiver how much they matter.
Today, a handwritten message and the surprise of a gift in the mail means so much more than a quick email or text. Express gratitude for all the hard work women do for you and your kiddos today by giving them a special keepsake they’ll be sure to treasure.
Celebrate Women in S.T.E.M.
At NASA, women have been behind some of the biggest advancements in STEM fields for decades. Explore pioneering women of NASA with your child, like Sally Ride, who broke the gender barrier when she became the first woman in space in 1983, and Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated the trajectories of Alan Shepard and John Glenn (and is now profiled in the film Hidden Figures). Then head over to NASA’s Aspire to Inspire site to see what groundbreaking research the women of NASA are doing today. What would your child want to do if she could go into space? What would she explore and study? Your budding scientist can get started right away! It’s never too early to learn how to code, and free apps like the Tufts University- and MIT-developed Scratch Jr. teach the basics of coding to children as young as five.
Discover Your Own History
Every family has their own amazing women worthy of celebrating! Plan a breakfast with your child and the women in your family (grandma, aunts, cousins, anyone in the area) where everyone can share their stories. Your child can learn first-hand what it was like when her grandmother was her age, and how it was different from you were growing up, and what life is like for her today. Have everyone bring a special memory to share and create a scrapbook of all the stories. The book will be a way to honor all the special women in your family for years to come.