March is Women's History Month
Women’s History Month is a great time to talk with your kids about all the amazing women who came before us. As we’ve been learning, all those amazing forefathers had some amazing foremothers beside them. This isn’t just a lesson for your daughters however, all kids should know the amazing women who have paved the way for us.
Women like Juliette Gordon Low who started Girl Scouts over 100 years ago, teaching girls that they, too, can be someone and do great things. Susan B. Anthony, who helped forge the way for women to get the right to vote. Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, discovered radium. And don’t forget Rosa Parks who took a stand (or a seat) for civil rights.
Teach today’s children that Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872 – almost 50 years before women had the right to vote. And she made it possible for other women to run and for our current Vice President to be in the position she’s in today.
In our house, we can openly talk about these intelligent and incredible ladies just as we talk about George Washington and Walt Disney. I am quick to point out female inventors (Josephine Cochran, the dishwasher) and we read about America’s foremothers just as much as their counterparts (the Schuyler sisters, anyone?). The more knowledge I’m armed with, the more equipped I am to talk about these women when their inventions or overshadowing counterparts are mentioned.
Talking about and looking up these amazing pioneers not only teaches equality, but also gives little girls some wonderful female role models to look up to. Perhaps your daughter will one day be the president or discover the cure for cancer. Or perhaps your son can play a supporting role for his sister, wife or daughter.
As Maria Portokalus says in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, “The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.”