ADL Resources for Women’s History Month

  • March 13, 2017


March is Women’s History Month!  In addition to the new resources below, check out our Women’s History Month Resources page, which includes curriculum, children’s literature, blogs and other educational resources. While we advocate discussion of women’s history throughout the school year, Women’s History Month is an excellent time to discuss the achievements of ordinary and extraordinary women throughout history, explore the obstacles and injustices faced by women and honor the many contributions women have made to our culture.

ADL’s new curriculum resource,  7 Ideas for Teaching Women’s History Month, assists teachers in highlighting the significant events and people that have made a substantial contribution to women’s experience. The list includes suggested instructional activities in literature, important women and periods in women’s history, art, film, sexism and women’s struggle for equity and an analysis of Women’s History Month itself.

Finally, ADL’s Book of the Month is Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909. This picture book for ages 5-8 tells the true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history. When Clara arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work and that they traded an education for long hours of labor. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers the country had seen. From her short time in America, Clara learned that everyone deserved a fair chance and that you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. As always, our Book of the Month comes with an Educators and Parent/Family discussion guide that includes vocabulary, discussion questions, extension activities, talking points and additional resources.