March is a wonderful month. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter is on its way out and spring is just over the horizon. Spring break is coming soon and there are a plethora of fun, amazing holidays to celebrate. In addition to the all-popular St. Patrick's Day, we have World Wildlife Day (check out our blog post for ways to celebrate!) and International Women’s Day. As the mother of a daughter, this day is particularly meaningful. Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, International Women’s Day celebrates women for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. Celebrated in many countries around the world, the holiday originated from women’s rights movements, particularly in labor and political arenas, dating back to the early 1900s. Since the official proclamation of the commemorative day in 1977, member states of the United Nations have worked diligently to secure gender equality world-wide. If you’re looking to learn more, or get some ideas for creative ways to celebrate, check out these resources:
Explore the International Women’s Day website. There is a ton of information, activities, and ways to show your support that will appeal to kids (and adults!) of all ages.
Try out this Famous Women Word Search! We love word searches and this one is tailored perfectly to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Have kids draw a picture of one of their favorite women from history. This free printable has plenty of space to draw and color, as well as an area for kids to describe which woman they chose and why.
Read stories about women trail-blazers. From Amelia Earhart to Marie Curie, there is no shortage of women who have done amazing things. If you need some more ideas check out this book list.
Have the kids color some awesome Beeloo International Women's Day coloring pages
.Do something kind for a woman in your life. This could be mom, sister, grandma, teacher, neighbor, or friend. A simple note expressing your thanks and gratitude, or recognizing them for an achievement, is a wonderful way to commemorate the day!
Consider a donation (no amount is too small!) to an organization working to advance women’s rights. Get your kids involved in the research and identify a mission that resonates with you. Some of our favorites are:
March is truly a special month, with so many reasons to celebrate and find hope. From the arrival of spring to the observance of International Women's Day and other important holidays, we have plenty of opportunities to honor the achievements of women, support gender equality, and promote positive change in the world. Whether you choose to explore the resources and ideas we've shared or come up with your own ways to mark these occasions, we hope you'll join us in making March a month of renewal, appreciation, and action. (AIA)