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Celebrating Women's History Month In School Benefits All Learners

Posted by Brianna McCoy on March 18, 2022 at 12:01 PM
Brianna McCoy

Sanford celebrates Women's History MonthEvery March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. We honor women, their role in history, their accomplishments, and their futures. When Women’s History Month is celebrated in school, educators can emphasize the value of women’s voices and encourage all students to respect and support equality. Women’s History Month is about honoring the past, but it’s also about how we move into the future. How will we raise our girls to understand the value of our own voices? How will we help provide healing and give hope?

Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

Women's history month and feminism bulletin board in the Upper School

The theme of Women’s History Month this year is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is meant to honor the work of caregivers and frontline workers. Women who are medical innovators like Marie Curie, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, and Rosalind Franklin. Women who inspire and offer hope like Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, and Amanda Gorman. Women who have given hope by breaking boundaries like Dolores Huerta, Marsha P. Johnson, and Amelia Earhart. Women who are mothers, sisters, cousins, nurses, doctors, and teachers who have helped those revolutionaries and many others. 

Highlight valuable contributions to society

In the Sanford Middle and Upper School, students and faculty share announcements highlighting impactful women during the community gathering at Morning Meeting. This year, women who are supreme court judges, artists, actors, poets, and athletes who have contributed their voices to American society and who have, in their own ways, changed the world have been highlighted. Learning about women and the contributions they’ve made to society is a valuable aspect of Women’s History Month, and when we recognize women, it’s important to recognize all women. 

internalize themes of respect and equality

Women's History Month books in the Lower School library

In the Lower School, teachers read biographies about prominent women in history and storybooks featuring female characters. Stories about the journeys of women like Nina Simone, Nellie Bly, and Abigail Adams help young students connect with and internalize broader themes like respect and equality. Yearlong community norms emphasize respecting one another and encourage practicing kindness to all. Classroom experiences and stories, like those featuring influential women during Women’s History Month, help students practice these skills.

In honor of Women’s History Month, check out some of these wonderful books by women

Books for young children

  • Hedy Lamarr's Double Life - Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu
  • We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
  • Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

Books for middle grades

  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • Fast Pitch by Nic Stone
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Books for young adults

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Books for adults (and teens!)

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

Everyone benefits when all voices are heard Founder of Sanford School Ellen Quigley Sawin

We all have something to gain when all voices are recognized, valued, and heard. When everyone is empowered to share and feels comfortable to do so, creative, free-flowing ideas may lead to unexpected innovation and remarkable achievements. Incorporating purposeful celebration of women's contributions to society during Women’s History month serves all students by reminding them daily about the importance of honoring all voices.

Learn more about how Sanford School incorporates respect as a foundation of our  community

Topics: Community, Diversity, Elementary Education, High School Experience, Middle School