March is Women’s History Month, and our team at Vivvi is paying tribute to all the fearless females who have made notable contributions to society — and to our lives.
As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our children about the contributions women have made to society. Women have made history in all fields and industries: science, government, art, medicine, education — you name it.
The values of women who fought for the rights and freedoms celebrated around the world today are a core part of our curriculum at Vivvi; among them, justice, dignity, hope, equality, collaboration, appreciation. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite Women’s History Month activities for children.
Why Young Children Should Celebrate Women’s History Month
The official celebration of women is relatively new; it was only in 1987 that the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned the United States government to officialize the month-long celebration.
Many experts agree that it’s essential for children of all ages and genders to learn about the famous women who have left their mark on history. In turn, children will learn that everybody is equal and that we’re all capable of achieving great things. They’re also reminded of all the sacrifices and challenges that women have overcome.
This month is a great opportunity for parents to begin conversations with their children that drive home the importance of recognizing and respecting the women who went before us — and those who walk among us today.
Three Iconic Women Who Made Their Mark in History
There’s a long list of iconic women who’ve made a difference in the world, but today we’re featuring three who play a key role in the Vivvi curriculum: Amelia Earhart, Kamala Harris, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Born in 1897, Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer who became fascinated with flying in her 20s. In 1932, Earhart became the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Since then, her achievements have opened doors for many women in the aviation industry and beyond, including in the realms of science and engineering.
To make Earhart’s story more relatable for young kids, remind them about the last time they were on a plane — maybe it was a great vacation, and perhaps they even got to look in the cockpit and meet the pilot. You can also show what pilots do “at work” by fashioning one of the most classic toys out there: a paper airplane.
Kamala Harris is an American politician and lawyer who made history on January 20th, 2021 when she became the first female Vice President of the United States. She has made considerable strides for women, particularly South Asian and African American women. Before being sworn in on Inauguration Day, Harris left her mark on the criminal justice system as the District Attorney of San Francisco and the Attorney General of California.
To make it easier for kids to understand the importance of Harris’ role, have a conversation with them about what other powerful women in their lives do. Draw parallels between leading a country and leading a school or a business.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (affectionately known by her fans as “R.B.G.”) was a larger-than-life pioneer who served the country as the first Jewish female Supreme Court Justice. Her story — and her values — have inspired millions of women and girls around the world.
Ginsburg faced many challenges throughout her storied career. Law – and certainly the Supreme Court — has always been a field dominated by men. But thanks to her intelligence, determination, and attitude, Ginsburg overcame every obstacle she came across. She was a true trailblazer who fought relentlessly for women’s rights and gender equality.
Young kids may not be able to understand the ins and outs of Ginsburg’s impact on American civil liberties, but they can certainly relate to — and learn from — her character. Compare her advocacy for women and minorities to people who stand up to bullies.
Fun Women’s History Month Ideas to Celebrate With Your Child
Celebrate Women’s History Month this March by introducing fun, engaging activities into your kids’ daily routine at home. Here are some of our best suggestions:
- Read educational books. Books are one of the best ways to start conversations with young kids. The Ordinary People Change the World series, This Little Trailblazer by Holub and Roode, and Shaking Things Up by Hood and Brown are ideal for children of all genders.
- Learn about women’s history at a local museum. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum in New York City has some great digital exhibitions about famous women this month.
- Make a craft. Make a paper airplane in honor of Earhart’s flight. Or, draw a self-portrait in honor of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter who excelled in the medium.
- Write a thank-you note. Women’s History Month is also about showing gratitude to the women who impact our own lives. Write a list of the strong women in your child’s life, be it grandmothers, favorite teachers, or friends, then work on heartfelt thank-you notes.
The Vivvi team is full of inspirational, passionate women who are driven to provide a warm, engaging environment for children. Our Learning Model teaches children valuable skills and qualities that will help them as they carve their futures and make their marks on our world.
For more information on the Vivvi curriculum, or to learn more about our early childhood education campuses, contact our team today. We’re currently hosting virtual tours and open houses each week.