Women’s History Month

Next week, women and men all over the world will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. It is a day which has been marked for over 100 years in America — ever since 1908, when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City to demand better pay and the right to vote.

They did not get it straightaway. But they were part of a global movement for gender equality which had been going on long before them, and which continues to this day.

Today, women can vote in every democracy in the world — but they still struggle with unequal pay, sexism, and violence at the hands of men. International Women’s Day is as important as ever.

March is also Women’s History Month. It is the perfect time to learn more about the incredible women who have shaped the world we live in today: women like Ada Lovelace, Harriet Tubman, Queen Victoria, Amelia Earhart, the Suffragettes, and the brave women of the first world war. In this article on Hillary Clinton in 2016, The Day searched for the most powerful woman to have ever lived.

Which women in history have inspired you? Which women inspire you today? And how will you be celebrating International Women’s Day next week?

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Assembly

TES has an excellent assembly on why women’s rights are human rights.

Activities

  1. List ten women from history who you think deserve more recognition.
  2. Choose one of the women from your list, and produce a short video or presentation in which you explore her life and her achievements.
  3. Write a poem to mark women’s history month.