Learning More: Free Online Educational Resources for Women’s History Month

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What’s the Difference Between Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day?
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History of the Celebrations

It’s not just a difference in geography. International Women’s Day (IWD) was launched as a global advocacy and visibility initiative in the early 20th century focusing on women’s rights, such as suffrage, equality, labor rights, and safety. First officially celebrated in 1911, it gained momentum after tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, which killed 146 young workers, most of whom were women and girls.

The day of recognition was largely forgotten about in the mainstream for decades until it was revitalized by the women’s movement in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, the National Women’s History Alliance (then called The Women’s History Project), advocated for an expanded “Month” of recognition in the U.S. as part of their mission to “Write Women Back into History.” They focused on achievements of women and offered curated materials, like posters, articles, microfiche, book lists, and more on accomplishments of women. 

Today, IWD is more focused on civics: advocacy, equity, and concrete action. Women’s History Month is a time to learn more about the impact of women throughout our history and in today’s world, focused on accomplishments in science, politics, education, business, arts, culture, and more.

2023 Themes

This year’s theme of IWD is “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality,” highlighting gender gaps in STEM education and careers, online digital safety, and power of tech in empowering marginalized groups. The theme for the 2023 Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Stories,” highlighting women who have used their voice and creativity to share stories that educate, inspire and entertain individuals.

Online Resources

Here are some resources to learn more about this month of recognition:

Curriculum Connection 

Learn more about the National Child Labor Committee, which worked on issues related to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the 19th Amendment, and groundbreaking women in our History Quest: United States book. And support STEM education with our R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey series!

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