Resources, Posters, Lessons, and More for Women’s History Month

A variety of online resources can help with planning for Women's History Month.

Women’s History Month begins on Friday, and a variety of resources are available online for educators and public librarians looking for lessons plans, programming, and display ideas for March.

The National Education Association (NEA) website has free, downloadable lesson plans, activities, reading, quizzes, video, and more. The theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence,” and the NEA website suggests that educators help students “examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions in the following lessons and activities.”

Its resources are divided by level—K-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) has many resources available as well. An online exhibit, “Getting with the Program: American Women and the Invention of Computer Programing,” takes students through the history of the field and key contributions of women. A very visual presentation, it discusses the data of representation and where women still lag far behind men. The exhibit ends with suggestions for further reading on the topic.

NWHM also offers a lesson plan to help students or patrons create their own Women’s History Museum and an interactive timeline of Women’s Suffrage, among its usual wealth of resources, including biographies, lesson plans, and downloadable posters of important women in history.

In addition to those options, librarians and teachers can also go to amightygirl.com for free downloadable posters (pictured, right) featuring eight women who have made an impact in STEM fields. The posters from “Nevertheless”—a podcast about women transforming teaching and learning through technology—were created by different female artists from around the world. Each poster includes a mini-biography of the woman featured. Amightygirl.com offers resources for finding more information about the women, as well as information about the artists who created the images.

The women on the posters are: Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab; Rosalind Franklin, a pioneer of the study of molecular structures; Mae C. Jemison, an American engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut; Maria da Penha, a Brazilian biopharmacist and human rights defender who advocates for women rights, particularly against domestic violence; Juliana Rotich, a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker; Dr. Hayat Sindi, one of the world’s leading biotechnologists; Tu Youyou, a pharmaceutical chemist and educator; and Gladys West, a mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematics underpinning Global Positioning Systems.

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Kara Yorio

Kara Yorio (kyorio@mediasourceinc.com, @karayorio) is news editor at School Library Journal.

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