Celebrate Women's History Month

Some ideas for honoring women's history

Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama and Cathy McMorris Rodgers honor women veterans and retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Wilma Vaught
Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama and Cathy McMorris Rodgers honor women veterans and retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Wilma Vaught during a Women's History Month reception. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

March is Women's History Month -- at least, it is in the United States. (It's October in Canada.) March 8, is International Women's Day.

Here are some ideas for how to celebrate, in no particular order:

Biographies

Do you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter, or another girl in your life? Give her a biography of a woman who accomplished important goals in her life. If you can match the woman to the girl's interests, all the better.

(If you don't know her interests, celebrate the month by getting to know them.)

Do the same for a son, nephew, grandson, or other boy or young man in your life. Boys need to read about women of accomplishment too! Don't do a hard sell, though. Most boys will read about women -- fictional or real -- if you don't make it into a Big Deal. The earlier you start, of course, the better. If he just won't take to a book about a woman, then pick a biography of a man who supported women's rights.

The Library

More on books: donate to your local public or school library enough money to buy a book, and direct them to pick one that's on women's history.

School

If you're a teacher, find a way to work women's history month into your regular classes.

Spread the Word

Casually drop into conversation, a few times this month, something about a woman you admire. If you need some ideas or more information first, use this site to search for ideas on who to mention.

Print out copies of the Proclamation of Women's History Month and post it on a public bulletin board at your school, office or even the grocery store.

Write a Letter

Buy some stamps commemorating notable women, and then send a couple of those letters you've been meaning to write to old friends. Or new ones.

The Web

Add to this wonderful resource of information, the Web: create your own small website on some aspect of women's history that intrigues you. Keep it simple to start -- one page is better than none. You can find a free web space provider to host your project and learn a little HTML.

Get Involved

Look for an organization that works in the present for an issue that you think is important. Don't just be a paper member -- commemorate all the women who've helped make the world better by becoming one of them.

Find a local event -- check out your local newspaper online or Facebook events.

Travel

Plan a trip to a site honoring women's history.

Do It Again

Think ahead to next year's Women's History Month. Plan to offer an article to your organization's newsletter, volunteer to initiate a project, plan ahead to give a speech at your organization's March meeting, etc.