Family Fun: Celebrate National Women’s History Month
March is National Women’s History Month –
March 3 is the 100 year anniversary of the suffragists march on Washington, DC. See the National Policy of Nagging Pinterest Board which was put together by the National Archive to honor this anniversary. Suffragists faced a long hard road to equality, even some women opposed equal rights. One newspaper editorial endorsement said, “nagging as a national policy.”
Parent and Kid Activites for National Women’s History Month:
Visit the Women’s Right National Historical Park in Seneca Fall, New York. It commemorates the first Woman’s Right’s Convention in 1848 where woman’s rights leaders: Elizabth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha White, Mary Ann McClinttock and Jane Hunt met. Ms. Stanton’s house became the headquarters for the women’s rights movement.
Visit the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park New York. This is the home of the President and Mrs. Roosevelt, it is called Val-Kill. This home is window into the private and public for Eleanor Roosevelt who was an important spokes person for the poor and unfortunate who suffered through-out the depression. She was also an out-spoken women right’s advocate and political leader.
NASA has a webpage dedicated to women astronauts and/or visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida be sure to go to the Astronaut’s hallof Fame and Museum to learn all about the women in space exploration.
Watch the PBS Special this month The Abolitionist about women who were vital in the anti-slavery movement.
Grab the popcorn and the family for watching movies about female heroines: Norma Rae, Silkwood, Erin Brockovich.
Books to Read:
If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights – 4th grade reading level
Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa
Dinner discussion questions to get the conversation started:
Why should boys/men care about woman’s rights?
Do you think a woman will be elected president?
Do we have woman hero’s in our family?
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