5. Simply put, the female gender help make history. Women are, biologically, half of the reason humanity continues. That deserves a bit of recognition.
4. Behind every good man, there is a good woman. Be it a wife, a mother, a sister, or a confidant, for almost every important male historical male figure, there is a female counterpart. There is a Jackie-O for every JFK, an Eleanor for ever FDR, a Beyonce for every Jay-Z. And if students are only told the male point-of-view, well, then they only know half the story.
3. It’s harder to disrespect the empowered. The media is full of images that downplay the power and possibility of womanhood. There are more Kim Kardashians than Michelle Obamas; March is the opportunity to highlight the empowered women, and positive female role models. It is also a month to help enlighten those who would disrespect women out of ignorant thoughts of superiority.
2. It makes history more interesting! There are so many interesting, and influential, women to teach and learn about. And because of the very nature of society, it isn’t like their stories are told often or in-depth. That means that there are plenty of new things to teach (more interesting for teachers and parents) and learn (more interesting for the kids).
1. The purpose of history is to enlighten and inspire. Many people hate history because it can seem pointless and unattached to their lives. How untrue! History is full of people that can inspire you, warn you off bad choices and direct you toward greatness. However, the stories must become alive, and the people in the stories must become real. Let’s be realistic, if you’re a teacher, then you teach female students. If you’re a parent or a mentor, then there is a 50% chance that the kid in your life is a girl. As a matter of fact there is a 50% chance that you, the reader are female. How inspiring is it learn about the relatable? Teaching and learning about females who ran countries, did the adventurous, survived the unthinkable, or discovered the impossible empowers and opens up a world of opportunities for women. And isn’t that the point of education?
So this month, take a second a learn, teach, or share the story of a woman!
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Official US site: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/
National Women’s History Project: http://www.nwhp.org/