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Celebrate Women's History Month

Women’s History Month, celebrated in March, grew out of a week-long celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools; hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest; and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. The National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March, and the United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.

The 2016 National Women’s History Month theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.

The theme honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. Although often overlooked and undervalued, collectively they have dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. From championing basic human rights to ensuring access and equal opportunity for all Americans, they have led the way in establishing a stronger and more democratic country.

Each of these public leaders succeeded against great odds. The diversity of their experiences demonstrates both the challenges and the opportunities women in public service have faced. Their ability to use the art of collaboration to create inclusive solutions and non-partisan policies, as well as their skill and determination, serve to inspire future generations. The tenacity of each honoree underlines the fact that women from all cultural backgrounds in all levels of public service and government are essential in the continuing work of forming a more perfect union.

For a list and brief biographies of the 2016 Honorees go to

To help you incorporate Women's History Month into your lessons and activities, OEA offers the following resources.

Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame

The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to create a public recognition of the many outstanding contributions Ohio women have made to their state and nation. Members of The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame come from all walks of life, but each has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to excellence, achievement, and service to others. They are an ongoing source of pride and inspiration for all Ohioans—especially our state’s next generation of leaders.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ON THE AIR!

Listen to stories about fascinating women working and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; and learn about programs and practices throughout the U.S. designed to broaden the participation of women in STEM.

Women’s History Month

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids. The Women’s History Month resource page for teachers includes a vast collection of information and classroom ideas from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art and National Park Service.

The National Women’s History’s Project

The National Women’s History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. Their mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs. Click on the Resource Center link for a variety of quizzes on topics such as “Women in Math and Science,” “Test Your Women’s I.Q.” and “African-American Women’s History 40-Question Challenge.”

Women’s History Month for the Classroom

In the United States, March is Women's History Month and the celebration of the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. See NEA’s teaching resources and honor their contributions to all aspects of life in the following lessons and activities.

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