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Women’s History Month March 2, 2010

Posted by carol in Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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March is Women’s History Month!

2010 marks the the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s History Project. This year’s theme is “Writing Women Back Into History.” Here are a few cool facts about women in United States History:

  •  The first women’s rights convention met in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
  •  Wyoming Territory was first to grant women the vote in 1869.
  •  Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for her novel The Age of Innocence.
  •  Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane in 1928.
  •  Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State in 1997.  In 2004, Condoleezza Rice became the second woman (& first African-American woman!) to hold that position. Five years later, in 2009, the former Senator (and First Lady) Hillary Rodham Clinton became the third female Secretary of State.

That’s just a taste of what women have done (so far) in this country. For more information on women’s history month, check out these resources:

 http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history-month

http://www.nwhp.org/whm/index.php

 http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/studentnews/02/28/women.history.discussion.activity/index.html

 http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/heritage_month/whm/index.html

 http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=25053835@N03&q=womensday&m=text

 Of course, women are vital to society every day of every year, but it sure is nice to have a month set aside to do some in-depth research on your favorite woman artist, writer, politician, musician, engineer, scientist…well, you get the picture. So, c’mon, celebrate this March by learning a little something about the history of women.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~Carol

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