Celebrate Women’s History Month
Every year around the globe, March is set aside to remember and contemplate the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. In Canada Women’s History Month is celebrated in October, but International Women’s Day is March 8, so this month it’s still fitting to put some effort into thinking about the ways women have changed the world, no matter where you live!
The 2014 Women’s History Month theme is, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment”.
This March, consider making Women’s History Month a true event in your family and community. It is, of course, interesting and valuable to quietly immerse yourself in biographies and documentaries about notable women in history, but consider how much more important it would be to share the spirit of celebration with everyone around you—especially young girls in your life who should know about the strong, dedicated women who came before them.
What can you do to make this month extra special?
- Talk to all the women in your life—spread the word and encourage them to mark the month with special activities.
- Plan a celebration in your community honoring women or girls who have been committed to making a difference in your neighborhood. Perhaps these are even fellow Foresters members who regularly do things like volunteer at local Ronald McDonald Houses or hold care package events. Host a simple afternoon reception where these dedicated women can be recognized and thanked publicly for the important work they do for the community.
- Arrange for a historian, author, researcher or someone who is an authority on a particular woman in history, to speak at a community event (perhaps at your afternoon reception), school, library or museum.
- Create an exhibit for your community centre, school, library or workplace that highlights the contributions of local women, both living and historical.
- If you’re in a book club, suggest that you read about a notable woman in history or read a book by a female author—perhaps even, “I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”.
- Take a look at the fascinating women in your own family. Investigate your family tree and talk to older relatives, then share the stories and information about the women who influenced all of your lives. Make sure to include the younger generations in the story-telling and genealogical research process so they are always aware of the wonderful women who came before them, and can pass on the stories to the generations that follow.
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