Tuesday, March 25, 2014
With March being Women’s History Month, we celebrate America’s women and their contributors to U.S. history.
International Women’s Day took place the first time on March 8, 1911, in Europe. Through a lot of hard work, in 1987, an amendment was passed to celebrate Women’s History Month in March.
Today, schools and communities across the country celebrate with special lessons to teach the ways women have helped shape the U.S.
Below are a few influential women you should know. There are many more! Take some time out to find out more about the women that helped shape the U.S.
Susan B Anthony– She worked together with Elizabeth Cady to make sure, one day, women had the right to vote. She died in 1906. In 1919, the 19th amendment was passed. In 1979, she was the first real women to appear on U.S. money.
Billie Jean King – In 1971, she was the first women athlete to earn $100,000 in a year.
Sally Ride – In 1983, she became the first American women to reach outer space. Since Sally’s trip, more than 40 other American women have traveled to space.
Rosa Parks – Her historic act demonstrated the power of peaceful protest. On December 1, 1955, she would not give up her seat on a but to a white passenger and set in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott kicking off the civil rights movement.
Marie Curie – She paved the way for women scientists winning a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.
Here are a few Statistics:
There are 161 million females in the U.S. as of December 2013 (males 156.1 million).
1.6 million female veterans in the United States in 2012.
85.4 million estimated number of mothers in the United States in 2009.
Learn more and teach more about the women that helped Shape the United States. Celebrate March Women’s History Month.