Yesterday, March 8, was International Women’s Day, a day set aside every year for recognizing the accomplishments and cultural contributions of women across the world. Since March 8 fell on a Sunday this year, it’s more than likely that most schools and libraries did not have the opportunity to observe IWD together on the actual day. So, here at Brain Hive, we’re extending our celebration of IWD into this week (we’re sure no one will mind…).
This year, IWD’s celebration theme was “Make it Happen” – a rallying reminder to all those who celebrate the inspirational and fabulous achievements of women that there remains a continued need to work toward gender equality at home and across the world. With this in mind, today we’ll be highlighting two books from our Women’s History Month theme sets (on your Brain Hive home pages) that tell the powerful stories of women whose lives demonstrate a determined and courageous drive to advocate for women’s rights and advance the status of women in society. Reading these books with your students will open up rich, illuminative opportunities for discussion about how these women have worked to “Make it Happen” in our world.
From our K-5 Women’s History Month theme set, check out Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees, written by Franck Prevot and illustrated by Aurelia Fronty (Charlesbridge). This gorgeously illustrated book follows the life and accomplishments of Kenyan scholar, activist, and leader Wangari Maathai, who in 2004, became the first African woman to be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in environmental sustainability, women’s rights advocacy, and calls for democratic reform.
In our 6-12 Women’s History Month theme set, take a look at Malala Yousafzai: Education Activist, by Rebecca Rowell (ABDO) to learn about the story of the resilient and dynamic Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl targeted and shot by Taliban forces in 2012 because of her vocal support for girls’ rights to education and literacy. Malala’s bravery and eloquent refusal to succumb to oppressive treatment has resonated with people across the world, so much so that she received the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for her staunch and outspoken commitment to advocating for education equality in her country and across the world.
We hope that these books, along with the many others we’ve assembled in our Women’s History Month theme sets spark some good conversations among your students this week. As always, please feel free to keep in touch with us with any questions you might have. Email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 855-554-4483. We’d love to hear from you!