Due in large part to the efforts and leadership of the National Women’s History Project (MWHP), March is designated in the U.S. as National Women’s History Month (NWHM). This national, month-long celebration of historical achievements by women includes March 8th, International Women’s Day. The 2019 theme is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.
As you are looking ahead in 2019, consider celebrating the women you know who make a difference every day. Whether it’s simple or elaborate, at work or in your personal life, recognizing individuals can be a great morale booster. Have fun and make a difference!
Some ideas to get you started
There are many ways to let someone know you appreciate the work they do or the role they play in your world. Sometimes it’s not only their work contributions. Just being who they are can affect the atmosphere of the space, making it more friendly, welcoming, and generally supportive. Like the receptionist at your dentist’s office, the administrative assistant at your children’s school, or your immediate manager at work, their smile and good listening skills can get the initial encounter off to a good start, making a productive outcome more likely. The little things as well as the big accomplishments touch our lives; both deserve acknowledgement!
Here are a few simple ideas that we love:
Writing a personal note to a woman who has made a difference in your life and providing plain notecards to your department, encouraging them to do the same
Ordering Pizza or hosting a potluck at work to celebrate the women who daily make contributions to your department or organization
Planning a March fund-raising/donation drive in your department, group, or organization, for a great local women’s shelter or other non-profit in your area
For a great history lesson, check out the Quizzes you’ll find there. For instance, who knew that a women named Crystal Eastman, a female lawyer, co-founded the ACLU in 1910 and helped write the original Equal Rights Amendment? Or that Rear Admiral Grace Hopper is credited with developing the computer language COBOL and coining the phrase ‘debugging’ to fix a computer? The list goes on – Mary Jane McLeod Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935; Mary Harris Jones (aka Mother Jones) led a 125-mile march of child workers from the mills of PA to President Roosevelt’s home on Long Island; and, labor activist Dolores Huerta helped farm workers in the U.S. fight for their rights. Perhaps there’s a Women’s History Trivia game in your future?
Mary McLeod Bethune photo by Carl Van Vechten
Mary Harris Jones (aka Mother Jones)
Rear Admiral Grace M. Hooper
Photo by Eric Guo (Creative Commons)
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