"The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that... women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves."
- Louise Otto, (Luise Otto-Peters), German feminist, 1849
March is National Women’s History Month, a month to celebrate and most importantly, to remember women's role in history. It might not seem like a big deal, but can you believe that as recently as the 1970s, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in schools or for that matter, even in general public consciousness? And as Otto says, if we don't take time to remember women, we're all in danger of being forgotten.
This year's theme for National Women's History Month is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment, honoring the role of education in creating opportunities for women both outside and inside the home. And there are lots of great ways to participate and pass on the knowledge of women's history for generations to come. Here are a few ideas to try this month:
Learn. Who was the first woman in modern history to lead a major Native-American tribe, the Cherokee Nation? Can you name the architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed when she was only 21 years old? Test your knowledge of women's history here.
Play. EducationWorld has compiled a great list of Women's History Month games, crafts and activities for kids that include acting in (and changing the ending) of fairy tales, designing a postage stamp honoring the month, and writing a letter to first lady Michelle Obama about an issue that concerns them.
Visit. Don't just read about history; go see where it actually happened. Check out one of these Top 10 National Parks that honor women such as Clara Barton National Historic Park in Maryland or the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in California. And don't forget to look for local and state parks, too.
Honor. Plan a reception, luncheon or event that honors women in your community who are role models, those whose lives need to be part of the historic record.