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Explaining Women’s History Month to Preschool Children

Posted on 03-08-2017

The celebration of women’s history began as “Women’s History Week” in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. Nearly a decade later, in 1987, congress declared that women’s history be celebrated for an entire month, and March officially became Women’s History Month.

Celebrating history with your preschool child is important for plenty of reasons. It teaches us what has and hasn’t worked in the past, how to move forward toward a successful future, and also enlightens us to the sacrifices made by those who have gone before us to protect our freedom.

Examples of three incredible women that your children should know about are Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart.

Harriet Tubman

Born into slavery, Tubman fought tirelessly to free 300+ slaves via the Underground Railroad. She cared deeply for those escaping slavery in the southern states, leading them to travel north to freedom.

Rosa Parks

In December of 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist, refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger and was arrested. She left a lasting legacy and set an example for women everywhere to stand up for themselves and demand respect, no matter their gender, skin color, or socioeconomic status.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, in 1932, became the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Tragically, however, as she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937, her plane was lost, and she was never heard from again. Yet we continue to celebrate her achievements today.

You and your family can celebrate Women’s History Month in your own home by spending time reflecting on the many important women in your children’s lives. Aunts, grandmothers, babysitters and teachers all play an important role in your little ones’ day-to-day lives and deserve to be celebrated. Encourage your preschool children to write personal letters to any female role models they look up to.

Politics, science, technology, medicine, art and sports—women from all different walks of life have excelled in these areas and deserve to be celebrated for their achievements.

By lifting up these powerful, influential women, young women and girls gain confidence and high self esteem, and young men and boys learn to respect women as equals. Through this, boys and girls are encouraged to strive for success and support each other. Remember to share Women’s History Month with your children throughout March and lift up any history-making women around you. 

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