Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month in the United States. This month is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the contributions women have made. The United States isn't the only country to celebrate women's history. The UK and India also host a month long celebration.
Originally, Women's History Month was Women's History Week. It started in California in 1979. There was an International Women's Day prior to the full week long celebration. In 1981, Congress passed a resolution recognizing the weeklong celebration. The movement grew and institutions around the country began to host special events. Congress recognized Women's History Month in 1987 and the movement continues to grow with schools around the country moving to educate about and promote the accomplishments of women.
Celebrating and Teaching About Women's History Month
Each year Women's History Month focuses on a specific category. For example, in 2012 the focus is on women's contributions to education. However, you can take a broader approach in your classroom. Teacher Planet offers lesson plans on Women's Rights and Famous Women as well as many other Women's History Month topics. Use their worksheets and activities to help your young students embrace the message. And don't forget the abundance of Women's History Month teaching resources to help you create an exceptional unit this year.