Women's History Month takes place every year and honors the women who have shaped our past and future. Since 1987, people all over the U.S. have celebrated the March holiday by learning about important women. Here are ways you can teach your child about Women's History Month during your homeschool program:
Why it's important
For starters, your daughter should know why we take a whole month to honor the contributions of women to our society. Teach her that women weren't always considered equal to men, and that, over time, important figures have helped to change that. By understanding why we give so much attention to women during March, your daughter may come to appreciate her opportunities even more, and maybe even be an advocate for continued change.
Discuss key events and individuals
Many women contribute to equality every day, but during Women's History Month, pick out a few individuals to focus on. They can be women who have heavily influenced major changes, such as Susan B. Anthony, who played a huge role in the women's suffrage movement. Also, cover major historic events in your homeschool class, from when women gained the vote to when laws allowed them to own property.
Follow current events
Women still seek equality today, and despite all the work that's been done, more must occur. During your homeschool lessons in March, pick out current events that highlight women and gender equality. For instance, you can talk about Malala Yousafzai who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. She has long fought for children's (and especially girls') right to education.
You can also cover Emma Watson and her work as the U.N.'s Women Goodwill Ambassador. She has championed the He for She campaign, which is all about men and women working together for gender equality.
Not only can you teach your daughter about influential figures during Women's History Month, but you can also have her be active. Whether she writes a report about an influential woman or presents a speech about how actions in the past affect her today, your daughter can show all she's learned.
Women's History Month isn't just for your daughter. If you have a son, share the important information with him as well.