Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday Link List - Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month.  In the U.S., it began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, California.  It was proclaimed a national week celebration in 1981; then in 1987, Congress expanded it to a month.

From Annie Liebovitz's exhibition at the American Art Museum
The Smithsonian Institution is celebrating Women's History Month with a film series, lectures and performances.  I'm envious of anyone living in the DC area; to be surrounded by so many great FREE museums.  I think my favorite activity for the month would be to see the special exhibit at the American Art Museum  "Annie Liebovitz: Pilgrimage".  If you're in the DC area this spring, the exhibition is open through May 20th.  Here's a link to an interview she did with PBS Newshour on February 7th.  

In 1980, five women founded the National Women's History Project in Santa Rosa, California.  Their goal: "to broadcast women's historical achievements".  The group picks a different theme each year; this year it's "Women's Education - Women's Empowerment".  I encourage all  teachers to celebrate Women's History Month in their classrooms.

It's hard to talk about women's history in the U.S. without mentioning Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  They met at Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848, and it is now known as the birthplace of the women's rights movement.  There is another early feminist from the 18th century (born in London) by the name of  Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote a famous "treatise" called A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792.  Does her name sound familiar?  It was her daughter, Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein.  Learn more about Wollstonecraft in a HubPage by Danette Watt.

I belong to a women's book club, and we read only women authors.  This month we're reading The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht.  She is a young American writer, born in Yugoslavia.  So far, I'm totally enjoying the book, which is filled with tales of a woman doctor trying to unravel her grandfather's mysterious death in an unnamed Balkan country.  If you're interested in reading other books by women, link into to my book review tab for some titles I've critiqued.


Rose said...

You come up with great topics for your link lists! Thanks for these new awesome resources.

BeadedTail said...

I like your topic today too! I'd like to go to that exhibit too. That book does sound good!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

We should make every month Women's History Month :)
Great links!

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