Friday, March 6, 2020

Feel Good Friday - National Women's History Alliance

We're kicking off Women's History Month with a Feel Good Friday post about the organization that brought us Women's History Month, the National Women's History Alliance.

Founded in 1980 in Santa Rosa, California as the National Women's History Project, the NWHA is "an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to Writing Women Back into History." And yes, this group successfully lobbied Congress in 1987 to establish March as National Women's History Month!

The mission of the NWHA is "to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by promoting information and educational materials and programs." They focus on the achievements of women past and present to inspire girls and young women with positive role models.

For example, you can learn all about the suffrage movement on the NWHA website. The 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919 and became part of the Constitution in 1920 after being ratified by 36 states. This publication has history, pictures and links to additional resources. 

On March 28, there will be a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of women's right to vote. The theme is "Valiant Women of the Vote" and it takes place in Washington DC. Living honorees include women such as Eleanor Holmes Norton, civil rights leader, lawyer with the ACLU, and current Congressperson, and Maria Teresa Kumar, voting rights activist and CEO of Voto Latino, an organization "dedicated to registering Latinx voters and encouraging civic participation." Historical honorees include suffragists Lucy Burns, Carrie Chapman Catt and Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee. You can learn more about these honorees and all the others at this link.

While you're on the site, you can connect with speakers and performers who can help bring women's history to life at your school, company or next event. You can also test your knowledge with a quiz! Be warned, they're difficult but educational.

To help the National Women's History Alliance write women back into history, support them with a donation, a shopping spree or by sharing their message on social media. Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @officialNWHP. 

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