“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie
What are your plans for recognizing Women’s History Month? Whether you have library programs planned or looking for ideas to celebrate women’s history, we want to help you by providing resources and library posters to acknowledge the great achievements of women throughout history.
Below you’ll find links to lessons, activities, and displays to educate your students on the contributions women have made in history. Don’t forget to download March’s library posters!
Women’s History Month Library Lessons and Displays
Women in Literature
Celebrate women in literature by showcasing women authors and poets to your library patrons. Try out this library lesson plan to introduce Maya Angelou to students. Read the poem "Phenomenal Woman." For mature students, create a discussion about the imagery used by Angelou, her style, and emotion to portray the overall theme and message of the poem. Younger students can also listen to the poem. Afterward, prompt students to draw an amazing woman that is in their life and the traits that make her so great.
Great Books about Great Women
Teach students about the great achievements of women throughout history. Find stories that are inspiring from one of these lists! Or use these lists to pull books to create a Women’s History Month book display.
If you are an Alexandria user, you can create a list of these books in Researcher for patrons or create a digital display with Slideshow.
Self-Portrait Lessons with Frida Kahlo
To coincide with this month’s library posters, teach a lesson about the life of Frida Kahlo and incorporate creativity by having students make a self-portrait. Incorporate books about Frida Kahlo like the Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith. Be sure to include a few examples of Frida’s self-portraits to help students get started on their paintings.
March’s posters are highlighting three amazing women in history—Marie Curie for her pioneering research in radioactivity; Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter, known for her portraits and inspired works of nature and artifacts of Mexico; and Ella Fitzgerald, an American jazz singer referred to as the First Lady of Song.