How to get Girls Excited about Women’s History Month
As well as being home to International Women’s Day, March is also Women’s History month in the USA. We thought we’d get into the spirit here at Raising a Ragamuffin HQ too. Today I’m looking at activities that you can do to get girls excited about women’s history.
Why do we need to get girls excited about women’s history?
I think it’s really important for kids, especially girls to know about women’s history. It wasn’t until recently that I really started to learn about women’s history. I’d never heard the names Ada Lovelace, Maya Angelou, or Bessie Coleman. This in itself proves that the great deeds of these women are still thought of as insignificant by the people who set school curriculums.
Women’s rights have come a long way in the last 100 years, but sexism is still out there. Thankfully, where school was concerned, I was never told that girls couldn’t do this or that, so I don’t feel like I missed out not knowing about these women as a child. But some girls, from less privileged backgrounds, need women to look up to. It might be that their mums, sisters, aunts, grandmothers inspire them, but some girls might not have strong female role models in their lives. They still need to know that women can and have done these things.
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How to we get girls excited about women’s History?
Ragamuffin is a real bookworm, so when I want to broach a new subject with her, I go straight to the bookshelf. I’ve talked about Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls before, and I pre-ordered Ada Lovelace (Little People, Big Dreams), which was released last week (stay tuned for an in-depth review). The great thing about the books I’ve mentioned here is that they’re all full of colourful pictures, great for younger girls, but the language is also pitched for kids. I think kids of all ages can take something away from these books.
I’ve named just a handful here but if you want more books to inspire your girls get my FREE printable – The 51 Best Books for Girls
If your girls prefer to do, you could try a bit of colouring or some activity books. I quite like Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers, I bought it for my niece for her 7th birthday to go with the Rosie Revere Engineer story book.
I’ll be honest, I was disappointed with my search for positive colouring books for girls. I don’t know if you’ve searched ‘colouring books for girls’ on Amazon lately; you basically get a load of rainbows, princesses and unicorns. I dont’ have a problem with any of these themes in isolation, but when there’s no other choice it’s a problem for me.
So what about those moments where you just need 20 minutes to yourself and you resort to the TV? Screentime doesn’t have to be wasted time. Here are a couple of kids TV programmes that feature great women from history.
Generally when I want to talk about a kids TV show for any topic Doc McStuffins comes out on top. There are 3 episodes that we’ve seen featuring great women from past and present.
- Doc McStuffins Goes to Washington – features Michelle Obama the first black first lady of the united states
- Itty Bitty Bess Takes Flight – Bessie Coleman the first ever civilian African-American pilot
- Let the Nightingale Sing – Florence Nightingale, nicknamed the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ and who started the first ever professional training school for nurses
Sesame Street has also had some great women guest stars over the years including famous feminist Maya Angelou, Melissa Etheridge the gay and lesbian rights activist, and the wonderful Michelle Obama.
Older girls might prefer to watch something a bit more factual like these films here but you can find loads more over at A Mighty Girl.
Hidden Figures – group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history
Gorillas in the Mist 13+ – based on the story of anthropologist Dian Fossey who studied rare mountain gorillas and then sought to protect them from poachers.
What About You?
Have you got anything planned to celebrate? What are you doing to get your girls excited about women’s history? Drop me a comment and let me know.
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