SWON Visits – Seton High School
Monday, February 23, 2015
Posted by: Melanie Blau McDonald
Monica Williams-Mitchell, the librarian at Seton High School, is a certified teacher and degree holding librarian. She finds this combination particularly handy when working on a school wide committee addressing Women’s History Month. This year, Women’s History Month is in March. One of Monica’s ideas is to hold a one day event during which each class would covers an aspect of women’s history that relates to them. The Math teacher could talk about a female mathematician*, in AP Chemistry they could go beyond Marie Curie*. Preferably, she’d like there to be a question in context as a lens.
Since 1980, the National Women’s History Project has been “writing women back into history.” This is the group that lobbied to create a National Women’s History Month. In 1997 their website was launched and is today the “digital clearinghouse for multicultural women’s history information.” Containing many links and resources, you may want order their free Catalog which includes curriculum units and activity guides. Each year the Project selects a theme. This year’s is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” The theme is meant to focus attention on individual and collective stories of women. Here’s more:
"Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today."
Monica takes her responsibility to her community seriously. Girls need to know that they are important and that there are many ways to contribute, great and small.
You don’t need to work in a girl’s high school to empower girls. What’s your plan for Women’s History Month?
*From the Smithsonian Magazine: Five Historical Female Mathematicians You Should Know by Sarah Zielinski
**From the Smithsonian Magazine: Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know by Sarah Zielinski
Image Credit: Mary Anning, fossil hunter: Natural History Museum, London.