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Friday, February 19, 2016

Women’s History Month(March)

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." 
—Eleanor Roosevelt  
In 1978, a school district in  California, organized a “Women’s History Week”. By 1981, Congress passed a resolution establishing a National Women’s History Week and in 1987, Congress created a month, March, to honor the contributions of women and to promote the teaching of women’s history. 

The following information may be helpful  for Women’s History Month. The 2016 theme for Women’s History Month is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”

At one time, women weren’t able to do many things because of their gender. Here are some women trailblazers.  Being the first, made it easier for other women to follow in their footsteps. Every year, new firsts continue to be made by women. Here is just a sampling of firsts made by women.

Lucy Brewer
First woman marine

Elizabeth Blackwell
First woman to receive a medical degree

Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Publisher/editor of first prominent women's rights newspaper

Harriet Tubman
First woman to run underground railroad to help slaves escape

Lucy Hobbs
First woman to graduate from dental school

Arabella Mansfield Babb
First woman admitted to the bar to practice law

Frances Elizabeth Willard
First woman to become a college president (Evanston College)

Victoria Chaflin Woodhull
First woman to be presidential candidate

Helen Magill
First woman to receive a Ph.D. degree (Boston University)

Belva Ann Lockwood
First woman to practice law before U.S. Supreme Court

Clara Barton
Founder of the American Red Cross

Suzanna Madora Salter
First woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)

Marie Curie
First women to win  a Nobel Prize AND first person awarded TWO Nobel Prizes(as of 2016)
1903 AND 1911

Mary McLeod Bethune
First woman to establish secondary school that became 4-year accredited college

Blanche Scott
First woman to fly an airplane

Jeannette Rankin
First woman U.S. House Representative (Montana)

Bessie Coleman
First African American Female pilot in USA and first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot’s license.

Hallie Ferguson
First woman governor of U. S. state (Texas)

Amelia Earhart
First woman to be a passenger on an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean (1928)
and first woman to fly  across the Atlantic Ocean.

Jane Addams
First American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Hattie Wyatt Caraway
First woman elected to U.S. Senate

Amelia Earhart
First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
First woman to fly in space, aboard Vostok 6.

Mary Clarke
First woman to be named major general in U.S. Army

Sandra Day O'Connor
First woman a justice of the U. S. Supreme Court

Sally Kristen Ride
First American woman to reach outer space.

Ann Bancroft
First woman to walk to North Pole

Christa McAuliffe
First woman citizen passenger on a space mission

Lt. Col. Eileen Collins
First American woman to pilot a Space Shuttle

Madeleine K. Albright
First woman Secretary of State and highest ranking woman in the U.S. government

Condoleezza Rice
First African-American woman to be appointed Secretary of State

Nancy Pelosi
First woman to become Speaker of the House

Hillary Clinton 
First woman to be in a presidential primary and caucus in every state

Michelle Obama 
First African American First Lady

Kathryn Bigelow
First woman to win the Best Director Award

Mary Barra became the first  female CEO of General Motors

Women were allowed to compete in ski jumping events at the Winter Olympics for the first time!

Katie Higgins became the first female pilot of the Blue Angels(US Navy Flight demonstration  squad)

Megan Brennan
First female United Sates Postmaster General

1. Are there any areas in which women still have yet to make a contribution?

2.  What are 3 character traits of women who have been trailblazers? What would you list as 3 of your best character traits?

3.  The last woman to be on a U.S.paper currency was Martha Washington! There is an effort to change that in the United Sates. Thirteen other countries already have a woman on their paper currency. Which woman would you like to see on a $20 bill and why?

4.  There is a Hispanic Heritage Month, a Native American Month, a Black History Month and a Women’s History Month. Why do you think such months were established? Do you think there is a need for such months to highlight different groups? Why, why not?

5.  If you could interview a woman trailblazer(past or present), who would it be and why? What might be 2 questions you would ask of that person?

Sites of interest for additional materials:

3.   Statues built to honor woman 

4.   Quiz your women’s history knowledge(women adventurers)   Quiz your women’s history knowledge (women leaders)

5. Check out the National Women’s Hall of Fame, opened in 1979, in Seneca Falls, NY.    Check out the inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame:

6. Learn about the First Ladies of the White House

7. Another great source of women past and present 

10. The last woman to be on a U.S.paper currency was Martha Washington! There is an effort to change that in the United Sates. Thirteen other countries already have a woman on their paper currency. Which woman would you like to see on a $20 bill?

11. Did you know that Congress has voted to create a Women’s History Museum to be built in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC? (2014)
Women’ History Month: A Webquest on 10 women that made a difference:
Reader’s Theater Scripts:
Other Plays on Women in History: Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams, Lady Bird Johnson,Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Marian Anderson, and more:
Note: Photographs from of Elizabeth Blackwell:public domain)
* Left to right: Harriet Tubman, Margaret Mead, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie,Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell


Check out this FREE Reader's Theater Script on First Lady Edith Wilson:

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