Today, March 1st marks Women’s History Month culminated in New York City in 1908, where thousands of women marched for better labor laws, work conditions, and the right to vote. On February 28th, organized by members of the Socialist Party, Suffragists gathers called the first “International Woman’s Day.
The beginning? Women have contributed and sacrificed, fighting for their personal and all rights of women in this world for centuries!
Here in 2021 many women and girls thrive, but there are “still” surmountable achievements to be made in acceptance and choices.
We have made great strides over the last 300 years; yet many paramount feats from Women, Wives, Slaves are squelched. 2021 marks the imperativeness, that we exceed all previous decades and centuries, to radically change our fundamental perspectives in life.
Allowing those the freedom to live their choices in life!
This month of March, we must give allowance to consider ordinary and extraordinary women who struggled throughout history and current day, acknowledgment of all their contributions to our world.
I found 7 Notable points to acknowledge in history, from girls to women. There are plenty more listed in history back more than 300 hundred years: Marie Currie, Hypatia, Queen Elizabeth I – to the the youngest woman to earn the coveted Grandmaster title at just 14 years of age, Yifan Hou. Take notice!
- In 2014 Mo’Ne Davis, a 13-year-old girl, made news headlines as the first girl to ever pitch a shutout in the Little League World series. Explore with elementary students gender stereotypes about sports and in other areas of their lives.
- This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn about Malala Yousafzai, why she won the Nobel Peace Prize and to explore activism projects to address areas of injustice they see in the world.
- Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill: The Power of Symbols
MIDDLE SCHOOL: This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn about the sweeping changes in U.S. currency, analyze the role of symbols and their impact and articulate their own opinions about the importance of symbols and symbolic gestures in our society.
HIGH SCHOOL: A lesson plan that pays tribute to the life and accomplishments of Shirley Chisholm, a civil rights leader and the first African American woman elected to Congress.
MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL: This lesson plan helps 8-12 grade students explore and understand the current landscape of elected officials and Presidential hopefuls and how the 2018 midterm election broke records and barriers regarding diversity.
HIGH SCHOOL: August 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Help high school students understand how racism played a role in Black women being excluded from the right to vote.
7. Lesson Plans on Sexism and Women’s Equity Moving Beyond Gender Barriers in Our Lives
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL: In this multi-grade unit, students explore gender stereotypical beliefs, assumptions about job roles, gender segregation and pay inequality in the workplace.
Presently in our world we have Queens, great writers – JK Rowlings who has enthralled children around the globe to read, igniting their imaginations, including Kamala Harris vice president, Women’s History Month is an acknowledgement to all women across the globe.
Celebrate every woman~Wife~Mother~CEO
Ida Bell, writer and civil activist – wrote newspaper articles decrying the lynching from the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s.
Ida Bell wrote of her friend and wrongful deaths of many African Americans. Risking her own life, she traveled to the South gathering grueling information.
By 1910 German socialist Clara Zetkin introduced the concept at the International Conference of Women in Copenhagen where 100 women were in attendances, representing 17 countries and agreed, International Women’s Day was formally honored on March 8th 1911, in the following countries: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland. In Russia, Communist leader Vladimir Lenin formally announced Women’s Day a Soviet Holiday in 1917.
Due to scuttlebutt between socialism and the Soviet Union, this formidable holiday was not recognized or celebrated in the U.S. till 1975, when the United Nations officially sponsored International Woman’s Day on March 8th. The UN General Assembly declared “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires the active participation, equality, and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to strengthening of international peace and security.”
In California, “National Women’s History Alliance (NWHP) in 1978 initiated the creation of Women’s History Week, beginning March 8th; A week became an entire month!
More success came in February 1980 when President Jimmy Carter declared in a Presidential Proclamation, the week of March 8th was officially National Women’s History Week, having the congressional support soon to follow.
In 1982, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Representative Barbara Mikulski co-sponsored a joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming Women’s History Week – Beginning March 7th, 1982. Across the country in the following years, schools began to expand Women’s History Week into Women’s History Month. By 1986, 14 states follow the declarations.
Continuing from 2020’s theme: Valiant Women of the Vote – Refusing to be Silenced. Many women from the past and present, Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm championing voting rights for Black people and women. And the battleground state of Georgia during the 2020 elections, Nobel Peace Prize-nominee Stacey Abrams and those who supported a precedence, registering at least 800,000 new voters in their state of Georgia.
We have many women to honor from history to this point of March 1st 2021, such as Marie Currie, Gertrude Stein, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Ella Baker and more.
I am launching a new Podcast, Women In Business Thrive. Many great and exceptionally innovative ladies have append their innovative skills and talents to kick off our Podcast this March, accompanied by several forthcoming articles. Bolstered later in March, interactive courses on Human Emotions versus Mental Illness and Wellness, all conducted on Zoom.
For those interested in our Podcast byway of an interview, please submit a short word.doc to our email: WomenInBusinessThrive@gmail.com
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