Did you know that not only is March Women’s History Month, but every year there is a different theme? The 2016 theme is “writing women back into history.” The theme aims to honor “women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership.” To learn more about Women’s History Month, this year’s theme, and about amazing women like civil rights organizer Daisy Bates and women’s right activist Bernice Sandler, check out the National Women’s History Project.
While visiting the National Women’s History Project, take the Black Women’s History Challenge. How many will you get right?
As it so happens, we Mocha Girls read about a few inspirational women in February’s book of the month, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. While Hetty “Handful” Grimke was a completely fictional character, Sarah and Angelina were based on real life sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke. Raised on a South Carolina plantation, the sisters grew up to be abolitionists and early advocates of women’s rights. To learn more the real people that inspired Kidd’s novel, see the National Women’s History Museum online exhibit Young and Brave: Girls Changing History.
Other online exhibits at the National Women’s History Museum include:
- Breaking In: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Standing Up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement
- Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance
Of course, women continue to make history as we live and breathe. For example, in 2015 Misty Copeland became the first African-American principal dance at the American Ballet Theatre. Her story is told in the film A Ballerina’s Tale. Also check out her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.
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