“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.”
– Dorothea Dix, Social Reformer (1802-1887)
March is Women’s History Month, and there’s nothing Good Millennial loves more than celebrating super rad ladies and national month-long holidays. Over the course of this month, Good Millennial will be posting our favorite speeches and writings by the great women of our history who shape our culture, society, and world.
Want to celebrate Women’s History Month in style? Here are some of our brilliant ideas:
1. Read – There’s lots to read on the Internet when it comes to women’s history, like here at the National Women’s History Project. But we also love good old fashioned memoirs and biographies. We recommend To Believe In Women by Lillian Faderman if you want an interesting historical lens and Half The Sky by Kristof and WuDunn if you want a modern view. You can also pick out your fave female authors and read away! Some of our faves include Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, Not Your Average Girl by Lena Dunham, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt. For more biographies, check your favorite local bookstore or browse here.
2. Watch – Documentaries are everything to us at Good Millennial, but there are also some great films based on amazing true stories of women all over the world. You can’t go wrong with A League of their Own, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Norma Rae, Iron Jawed Angels, and of course the “Sister Suffragette” sequence in Mary Poppins. And as far as documentaries go, let’s see: The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, Gloria: In Her Own Words (rumor has it the upcoming biopic on Ms. Steinem is starring Marisa Tomei!), and Jane’s Journey about the life of Dr. Jane Goodall. More suggestions on great feminist documentaries can be found here.
3. Listen – Women have been making music since we could breathe and carry a tune, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate Women’s History Month with all the women who made a name for themselves in music. We know and love ladies like Carole King, Julie Andrews, Janis Ian, Grace Slick, Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald… but what about Francesca Caccini, the first woman known to write a full opera? Or the piano prodigy Teresa Carreno? A great timeline of women in music history can be found at Oxford Music Online. Plus don’t forget about radio and podcasts! Girl On Guy with Aisha Tyler, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Serial, and The Thrilling Adventure Hour are just some of the amazing listening experiences you can get from great women.
4. Learn – There is no better way to use history than to learn from it, and lucky for us, we exist in the Age of Information! The Library Of Congress has wonderful resources for teachers and students alike. There’s WomensHistoryMonth.gov, as well as great resources like the National Museum for Women’s History. It also never hurts to crack open a good ol’ book now and then, as there are SO MANY GREAT ONES on women and women’s history. Learning from our past can let us see how far we have come and how far we must go– for ourselves, for our children, and for the many incredible women who have come before us.
5. Share – It never hurts to share your bounty of knowledge with others, and the lessons of history thrive on being passed down — from friend to friend or generation to generation. They may already be experts on women’s history or they may need a lesson or two (call your Congresspeople is what I’m saying), but either way, knowledge is power. Call your grandmother or mother or role model and ask them about their favorite historical woman. Ask about their experience with feminism or discrimination in the work place. Thank them for being the amazing women they are and for encouraging us to be even better.