March is National Women’s History Month, and as I have written about before here on Care2, this makes it the perfect time to highlight the contributions of women to the environment. As a farm writer, I am especially drawn to tell the stories of those in sustainable agriculture.
Women’s History Month makes it a great time to encourage the young women in your life to pursue these areas and to teach them how important math, science, and technology are.
This is especially true since the theme for 2012 is “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.” As the Women’s History Project points out, “Although women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, the reversal of the gender gap is a very recent phenomenon. The fight to learn was a valiant struggle waged by many tenacious women—across years and across cultures—in our country.”
Here are some simple ways that you can help encourage and nurture the next generation of green women leaders so that they too can help create a better world for the future.
- Make sure to observe International Women’s Day on March 8. This is a global day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women. This year’s theme “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures,” is encouraging every International Women’s Day event held in 2012 to include girls in some way.
- Share the Presidential Proclamation for National Women’s History Month, and check out the Library of Congress’ Women’s History Month page.
- Take her with you as you volunteer at a local community garden, tree planting, or plant a garden together.
- Visit a science or natural history museum. Many have special Women’s History Month lectures and events, and those interactive science exhibits show girls how fun and interesting science can be.
- Check out books at your local library that highlight women’s history or donate books to the library and have your daughter or niece help you do that. Or, purchase a biography of a famous woman to inspire her such as Rachel Carson, Marie Curie, Gertrude Elion or Jane Goodall.