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Women's History Month Resources

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate ordinary and extraordinary women, explore women’s achievements and struggles throughout history and honor women’s contributions to our culture. Since 1987, the United States has been commemorating Women’s History Month and each year, a special Presidential Proclamation is issued which honors the achievements of American women. This year’s theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives.”

In schools and classrooms, Women’s History Month is an excellent time to talk with students about gender stereotypes and bias, hail important women in history, discover more about women’s issues and their fight for equal rights throughout history, read great literature that celebrates women and girls, analyze sexism and explore its causes and solutions. As with other similarly themed months, it is important not to isolate exploration of women’s history and culture into one month during the year. Women’s history is United States history and should be integrated into the curriculum throughout the school year. 

Here is a list of helpful PreK-12 curriculum and other resources to bring Women’s History Month to your classrooms:

Curriculum

Toys and Gender (Grades PreK-3, PDF) 

When I Grow Up I want to Be….Moving Beyond Gender Barriers in Our Lives (Grades K-8)  

Mo'Ne Davis and Gender Stereotypes (Grades 2-5, PDF)

Who Is Malala Yousafzai? (Grades 4-7, PDF)

Stereotypes of Girls and Women in the Media (Grades 6-12, PDF)

Student Dress Codes: What's Fair? (Grades 6-12, PDF)

Is Gaming a Boy's Club? Women, Video Games and Sexism (Grades 11-12, PDF)

Children's Books

Book of the Month: Sonia Sotomayor, A Judge Grows in the Bronx (March 2015)

Book of the Month: Grace for President (March 2014)

Books About Gender and Sexism

Books About Women's Rights Activists 

Education Resources

The Question Corner: How Can I Prevent Gender Bias in Young Children? (Early Childhood Initiative)

The Question Corner: What Are Some Examples of Children’s Books that Break Gender Stereotypes? (Early Childhood Initiative)

The Unspoken Messages of Dress Codes: Uncovering Bias and Power (Rosalind's Classroom Conversations)

Toward Communication Free of Gender Bias

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Michelle Garratt, San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara, CA

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