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Women’s History month began in 1978, as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California, when the Education Task Force of Sonoma County planned a week-long event to coincide with March 8th (International Women’s Day). Women’s History Month was first recognized as a national celebration in 1981 when the US Congress passed legislation authorizing President Reagan to proclaim the week of March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress for a month-long designation. Since 1995, the President has issued a series of proclamations designating March as “Women’s History Month. The theme for 2021 is Valiant Women of the Vote, which honors “the women who fought to win suffrage rights for women and for the continued fight for voting rights of others.” Learn more
Sources: US Government site, National Women’s History Museum, & National Women’s History Alliance
Audre Lorde was a black lesbian feminist poet, civil rights activist, and librarian whose work explored what it meant to be a black woman in America. Her poetry “bravely confronted some of the most important crises in American society."Full Bio
One of the most outspoken voices raised on behalf of Native Americans during the early twentieth century was that of Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, a granddaughter of the famous Sioux chief Sitting Bull. As a writer, she produced a number of essays and short stories that established her as a significant figure in Native American literature. Her enduring legacy, however, is that of a reformer and activist devoted to improving the lives of Native Americans. Full Bio
Wells wrote blistering essays critiquing the government’s continued denial of lynching as terrorism and the disconnect she saw between African-American public intellectuals, such as Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois, and the community at large. Broadening her activism to include women’s suffrage, Wells-Barnett became one of the founding members of the National Association of Colored Women in 1896. Full Bio
Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese American activist who worked for equal rights for African Americans, Puerto Rican independence, an end to the Vietnam War, and reparations for Japanese Americans placed in internment camps. Full Bio
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani human rights activist leading a global movement to ensure free, quality education for young girls. In 2014, she was the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Full Bio
Raised in San Diego, Dr. Ellen Ochoa is an American scientist and astronaut, and the first Latinx director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She became an astronaut in 1990 and became the first Latina to go to space in 1993. Full Bio
Resisting a violent and abusive marriage, Selvi embarks on a journey to become India’s first female taxi driver. This film tracks Selvi’s 10-year transformation from a timid, soft-spoken 18-year old to a confident entrepreneur leading seminars to empower and educate other women.
As a quiet child of Haitian immigrants, Roxane Gay transcended all expectations and became a leading voice in the modern feminist movement with her essay collection, Bad Feminist. But how did she transform a painful childhood into a powerful battle cry and a successful career that would end up helping women around the world?
This documentary follows “Cecilia Fire Thunder, the first female President of the Oglala Sioux tribe [as she defies] a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Her threats ignite a political firestorm that sets off a chain reaction in the lives of three young Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing each of them to make choices that define who they are and what kind of adults they will become.”
Why is it that some young, independent, progressive women in today’s society feel uncomfortable identifying with the F-word? Filmmaker Therese Schecter uses irreverent humor to explore whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power in today’s society.
This film follows Marina Abramovic as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art. Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Abramovic has been redefining what art is for over 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits and at times risking her life in the process, she creates performances that have challenge, shock, and move us.
“Set in an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, this film is an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. While the choices available to girls and women in Myanmar are quite limited...this film reveals the opportunities offered to them at the nunnery, and the deep grace and dignity of a life dedicated to service.”
The League of Women Voters in the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
A portal to unique educational resources that utilize feminist art practice, theory, and history to enrich learning and empower students, youth, and adults to use critical thinking and build self-esteem.