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How did the idea for Women’s History Month come about?
In 1987, the nonprofit National Women’s History Project (Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California) won March as Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is officially celebrated in March also in Australia and the UK. Activists in France, Catalonia celebrate Women’s History Month with the help of their communities. In Canada, Women’s History Month is held in October to commemorate the 1929 ruling on political equality. In the US, women’s history is included in educational programs. Women’s History Month is held in schools, colleges. Universities award doctoral degrees in women’s history.
In all these countries, revolutionary social transformations were initiated by independent grassroots groups, and not imposed from above. Neither when Women’s History Month is made by a small group, nor when the government of the country signs decrees to hold it, no one has a monopoly in this area. Every city can have a Women’s Museum, and ten Women’s Museums (and this will only benefit the movement), and as many groups as you like celebrating Women’s History Month. Because this is the essence of the anti-patriarchal areas of legal work – decentralization, self-organization, independence.
The women’s movement has grown considerably since then, and is very strong in democratic countries. One can trace how the idea of a woman’s place in history, art, and political life has changed from decade to decade in different countries.
What ideas do you have for Women’s History Month?
– Events about women’s history in schools, libraries, bookstores, any community.
– Street political protests.
– Poster promotions.
– Magazines and postcards (it is convenient to use canva.com)
– Internet promotions (posts, photos, biographies, drawings, wikimarathons, women’s history groups).
What is more?
1. Support women in the workplace and their projects
Apple is celebrating International Women’s Day by highlighting the stories and work of women developers, musicians, artists, photographers, and entrepreneurs. Also in partnership with Girls Who Code, Apple invests in educational programs for women of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, more than 60 Made By Women projects curated by women of all walks of life will be available at select Apple Stores around the world to inspire the next generation to unleash their creativity.
2. Join the Art+Feminism Campaign
Art+Feminism is a campaign that aims to increase Wikipedia’s coverage of women, transgender and non-binary people, as well as feminism and art in general. This project teaches people of all gender identities how to edit Wikipedia. According to statistics, less than 10% of wiki editors are women!
3. Visit thematic exhibitions in Greenwich, London or Vienna
The Greenwich Observatory remembers the women who have influenced its history. Learn about the contributions of Catherine Dowman, Emma Hamilton and Queen Elizabeth I to the development of the observatory here this month. Also, March is the last month of the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, which repeats the display of 1977, with 90 photographic portraits of creative women of the last century. A large thematic exhibition is also taking place in the Vienna art center Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien. The Flying High: Women Artists of Art Brut project tells about a wonderful group of women whose talent has been overlooked for a long time. The exhibition includes more than 300 works, and is dedicated to the achievements of 93 self-taught women artists.