Top: Toni Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jovita Idar, Maya Angelou
Middle: Gerda Lerner, Gloria Steinem, Winona La Duke, Lillian Hellman
Bottom: Betty Soskin, Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, Marjory Stoneman Douglas
This month, you’ll read several magazine covers, blogs, and social media posts highlighting WHM. The purpose is to increase awareness and recognize the achievements of women in all areas of life.
But Women’s History Month isn’t just about famous women.
We can all play a role in celebrating women’s history by making it personal.
What might we discover from the stories of our own mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers?
What did they experience or participate in? What stories do they have to tell?
My mother loves to tell stories. Just a couple of questions can lead her to talk about her experiences during WWII or her mother’s story of fleeing the Mexican Revolution. Yesterday she told me about standing up to a hiring foreman who wouldn’t comply with union rules. She was afraid to do so, but losing out on a job was more frightening than speaking up.
Imagine what your great-grandmother, grandmother, older aunts, or friends can share.
By learning about their lives and the challenges they faced, we can better understand our lives and the opportunities we have today.
We can share these stories with our children, helping them understand their own family history and their ancestors’ legacy. By recognizing the strength and accomplishments of women in our own families and other backgrounds, we can help build higher self-esteem among girls and greater respect among boys and men.
Sometime this month, sit down and share your own stories, your mother’s stories, or her mother’s stories. Their stories can reveal a wealth of information about the experiences of women throughout history.
By exploring these stories, we can gain a deeper understanding of the challenges women have faced, their sacrifices, and their progress. Plus, this is an opportunity to pull out photo albums and those boxes of pics in the closet or attic and tell the story behind the picture.
Let your family hear about their adversities, their values, and the triumphs of women who are important to them every day, not just one month out of the year.
Each time a girl opens a book and reads womanless history, she learns she is worth less.Myra Pollack Sadker
Tell me a story in the comments.