10 New Ways You Can Honor Women’s History
Mar. 17 2017, Published 4:30 a.m. ET
You may be a bit tardy celebrating Women’s History Month, but it is not too late to get involved! Given the current political climate, it is imperative that we honor the history of women, how far we have come, and how far we need to go. We look back in order to move forward with the strength of our female ancestors. You may be asking, “What can I do to participate in Women’s History Month?” Well, don’t worry, Her Agenda’s got your back.
1. Spend your hard earned cash at a female owned business. Research local business led by girl-bosses, that cater to your needs, like this one!
2. Donate to a women’s organization. There are tons out there. You are bound to find one that supports a cause you believe in. Here are some good sources to begin your search:
3. Document your own her-story through a journal or blog. Your story is just as important as any female trailblazer from the past. You have your very own triumphs and wisdom. Share that with the world.
4. Read stories of historical women to the young women in your life. Whether that’s your own daughter, niece, little cousin, or a young girl who looks up to you – educate them on the lineage. Help them understand that the power exists within them, and that there is a history of women behind them who have their backs.
5. Watch these dope films on Netflix:
- Women’s List
- She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
- Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots
- A Ballerina’s Tale
- Secrets of Mary Magdalene
6. Read one of these awesome books:
- Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
- A People’s History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped Our Constitution by Peter Irons
- Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents by Ellen Carol DuBois
- Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Kate Schatz
7. Visit the National Women’s History Museum
8. Take your mom, aunt(s), and grandmother(s) to coffee and ask them their stories. Your own personal lineage will help you find strength and clarity in your future. Family history is of the utmost important to learn from, and who better than the matriarchs from which you’ve blossomed.
9. Research the women who’ve blazed the trail in your career field. Connecting with the pioneers of your field will help bring new meaning to the work you do. Always remember your “why!”
10. Last but certainly not least, dedicate time to getting involved in the future of women. There are many options to fit your lifestyle. Volunteer with an organization that moves you, mentor young women at a local high school, research and attend meetings for your local government candidates, and vote on issues that directly affect women and the officials who support them.
All in all, Women’s History Month is about honoring the then and now. YOU are an extremely important piece to this puzzle. As women, we need you and we need your story. You have your own powers and obstacles to overcome. Whatever your passion may be, you are a part of the female narrative. You are a hero in your own way, take what you have learned so far and use it to add to the progression of your sisters.