Beginning as a local, week-long celebration in Santa Rosa, California, Women’s History Month took flight in 1978. The week of March 8th was chosen to coincide with International Women’s Day and afterwards, other regions throughout the country started their own celebratory weeks. By 1980, then-President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Since 1987, Women’s History Month has been observed the entire month of March and seeks to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history. Each year’s theme is selected by the National Women’s History Alliance. The theme for 2023 is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”
During the month of March, we celebrate women’s contributions to society and culture from science to politics to literature, to empower the next generation of leaders. If you are looking for additional materials for your students, such as exhibits, coloring pages, and lesson plans, we’ve gathered some resources to get you started.
Vilcek Foundation - The Vilcek Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness of immigrant contributions to arts and sciences. They offer a downloadable coloring book celebrating 19 women who were pioneers in STEM.
National Women’s History Museum - The National Women’s History Museum offers a wealth of information for the classroom. From downloadable posters, to digital field trips, to resources sorted by topic and more, this is a great resource to showcase women’s contributions throughout American history.
WomensHistoryMonth.gov - WomensHistoryMonth.gov is run by the Library of Congress and offers lesson plans and document-based activities based on primary sources pulled from several government agencies including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, and more.
National Education Association - The National Education Association offers lesson plans, activities, and other resources grouped by grade level and topic.
We Are Teachers - We Are Teachers has arranged a list of 30 activities you can do with students to celebrate Women’s History Month, from crafts, to digital scavenger hunts, to skits and more.
Teacher Planet - Teacher Planet offers lesson plans, worksheets, coloring pages, and other activities to assist with teaching women’s history units.