Yours, Mine, Ours — A Woman’s HistoryMarch 02, 2009
March is Women’s History Month. If you are young enough to think “Why make a separate month just for women in history?” well, let me tell you. It wasn’t that many years ago that most women didn’t get put in history books, no matter what they had achieved, created, invented, authored, painted, sculpted, or participated in, such as the first woman to run for president in the United States, Victoria Claflin Woodhull, who declared her candidacy on April 2, 1870 (as detailed in the National Women’s History Museum CyberExhibits). There were those whose inventions, art work, writings, or other achievements were credited to men or to “anonymous.” I gave some examples of those that surprised me in a recent blog post; check them out for a quick jaw-dropping read.
Think you are more aware than most? The National History Project has a great women’s history quiz, which asks questions about U.S. women’s history. For any young person in your household, Scholastic’s Special Women’s History quiz is a fun way to test their knowledge. History.com has a wonderful section with different videos of or about women’s history using Maya Angelo; I was captivated. Of course, in the “way of it” with internet researching, after looking at many different sites, I discovered this blog, which provides an already developed great list of “The Best Sites for Learning About Women’s History.”
One site it doesn’t mention (We’ll have to tell him!) is AAUW’s own museum, a snapshot of the kinds of women’s history AAUW’s wonderful members have made happen since 1881. The thing about us? We continue to break through barriers on behalf of women and girls, helping create tomorrow’s history today. The recipients of our fellowships and grants are prime examples of history in action; read through Mandy Toomey’s wonderful interviews with these women to get a sense of AAUW’s continuing legacy in education. And keep watch; all this month we will be writing special blog posts in honor of women (famous or not) who have made an impact in our lives.
I’ve been personally struggling to pinpoint just one woman I would highlight in honor of Women’s History Month. I’m a real fan of women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Height, Betty Ford, Hilary Clinton, Mae Jemison, and little-known Emily Howell Warner, who became the first commercial female pilot and whom I met once, changing my own view of the job possibilities for women. But the one person I personally honor this month is someone whose impact was more than I ever realized while she was alive: my sister Sherry, whose points of wisdom become clearer as time passes. Please share with us, what woman of history do you honor?
This post is part of a special Women’s History Month series.