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Women’s History Month

MAEC is devoted to serving educators and education professionals and we encourage educators and students to take time to expand their knowledge and awareness of the experiences and histories of women of diverse backgrounds, considering race, culture, religion, and sexual orientation. There are many free resources available to get started, some of which are listed below. 

 

Articles 

  1. Cathay Williams Defied Her Time to Become the Only Known Female Buffalo Soldier (Wounded Warrior Project)  
  2. Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activists (Smithsonian) 
  3. The Hidden Half: A History of Native American Women’s Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education)  
  4. A More Complete Women’s History (Learning for Justice)  
  5. Women’s History Month Event Highlights (The Library of Congress)  
  6. Women’s History Month: Women of color whose names you should know (USA Today)  

 

Books 

  1. Frida, by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Ana Juan 
  2. Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall  
  3. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb 
  4. March Books of the Month, Diverstories 
  5. The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read, by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and illustrated by Oge Mora 
  6. Reading RoundUp: Diversifying Women’s History (Month) with Hispanic Stories, Vamos A Leer 
  7. You Should Meet: Mae Jemison, by Laurie Calkhoven

Lesson Plans  

  1. 7 Ideas for Teaching Women’s History Month (ADL)  
  2. Four Resources for Women’s History Month (Facing History and Ourselves) 
  3. Madam Vice President Is a Woman of Color (Learning for Justice) 
  4. Should Women Be Allowed in Combat? (Learning for Justice) 
  5. Women Who Inform Our World (Learning for Justice) 
  6. Women’s History Month Lesson Plans and Activities (Education World) 

 

Leaders to follow on social media   

  1. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez – @aoc (Instagram)  
  2. Autumn Peltier – @autumn.peltier (Instagram) 
  3. Blair Imani – @blairimani (Instagram) 
  4. Chanel Miller – @chanel_miller (Instagram)  
  5. Judy Heumann – @judithheumann (Twitter)  
  6. Oprah Winfrey – @Oprah (Instagram and Twitter)  
  7. Tabitha Brown – @IAMTABITHABROWN (Instagram) 

 

Webinars & Videos 

  1. Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb” (PBS) 
  2. Embracing the Beauty of Diversity in STEM Education (TEDx Talks) 
  3. Every Day the Impossible: Jewish Women in the Partisans (Facing History and Ourselves) 
  4. Her Story: How Women and Girls Transformed the World! (American Women’s History Initiative) 
  5. Women’s History Month: Karine Jean-Pierre, A Symbol of Diversity in the White House (NAACP)

 

Podcasts 

  1. 51 Percent by NPR
      • In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next fifty years – and every issue we face is one that affects us all. Whether it’s the environment, health, our children, politics or the arts, there’s a women’s perspective, and 51% is a show dedicated to that viewpoint.  
  2. #BrownGirlsRising 
      • #BrownGirlsRising is a Worthy Women project in partnership with NYLON Español. Hosted by Worthy Women founder: Audrey Bellis, we feature weekly episodes of women you wish the mainstream media was reporting on. These women of color are driving activism, and change for their both their hyper-local communities and our world at large.  
  3. Her Voice Her Story  
      • Her Voice Her Story podcast aims to motivate and inspire women of color over age 40 to find their voices and pursue the dreams they have put on pause. Every woman has a story; those stories deliver truth and promote self-worth and once shared have the power to bring about positive changes.  
  4. The Hey Girl Podcast  
      • Hey, girl is a podcast that unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far. Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, author Alex Elle sits down with people who inspire her. From friends to family members and strangers, the hey, girl. guests give us a peek into their stories through candid and intimate conversations.  
  5. The History Chicks 
      • Hosted by Susan Vollenweider and Beckett Graham, “The History Chicks” introduces its listeners to female characters in history, factual or fictional, via their podcast and show notes.  
  6. Intersectionality Matters! 
      • Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. 
  7. Inside Global Girls’ Education 
      • Inside Global Girls’ Education is a limited series from Teach For All dedicated to answering the question: why focus on girls? In conversation with host Samantha Williams, local leaders and global experts examine the real issues and underlying beliefs that contribute to gender inequality in education and society. 

Movies & Documentaries  

  1. Becoming (2020) 
      • Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others during her 2019 book tour for Becoming. 
  2. Encanto (2021) 
      • A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. 
  3. Girl Rising (2013) 
      • This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.  
  4. Knock Down the House (2019) 
      • Four working-class women run for Congress, overcoming adversity to battle powerful political machines in very different American landscapes.  
  5. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994) 
      • A film about the work of the artist most famous for her monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Civil Rights Fountain Memorial. 
  6. Major! (2015) 
      • This is the story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act. 
  7. Moana (2016) 
      • In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. 

 TV Shows 

  1. Being Mary Jane (2013-2019) 
      • The life of a young Black woman, her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts. 
  2. Charmed (2018- Present) 
      • Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches. 
  3. Diary of a Future President (2020) 
      • A young Cuban-American girl embarks on a journey to become the future president of the United States. 
  4. Doc McStuffins (2012-2020) 
      • This imaginative animated series is about Doc McStuffins, a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and communicates with and heals broken toys and stuffed animals. 
  5. One Day at a Time (2017-2020) 
      • Follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother. 
  6. Queen Sugar (2016-Present) 
      • Follows the life of three siblings, one of whom moves from Los Angeles to Louisiana, to claim a shared inheritance from their recently departed father – an 800-acre sugarcane farm. 

 

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