#CelebrateWithDE – International Women’s Day

According to the campaign, “International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” In honor of this mission, we’ve selected one resource from each category and suggest a few ways to celebrate this important day with your students.


Featured Resource

Content Collection: Women in History
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Get to know some trailblazing women who changed history by helping others, fighting for equality, and gaining powerful political positions.


Social

Becoming a force in her time, Esther Morris made the most of every social circle she participated in. Have students listen to this audiobook while participating in the strategy Table Top Texting (Canadian Version), from our SOS series, to strengthen comprehension.

 
I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets women the Vote
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Audiobook

Presents the story of Esther Morris, who started out life believing she could do anything, and then proved it.


Economic

Share the story of Empress Wu with students through this reading passage. Set students’ purpose for reading by telling them to search for the way(s) in which she affected the Chinese economy. (Hint: She changed the civil service examination system which led to better chances of class mobility through the attainability of government jobs.)
 
Empress Wu
Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, Reading Passage

During the Tang dynasty in China, which lasted from 618 to 907 CE, women enjoyed more rights and opportunities than ever before. Much of this equality can be traced to the influence of one woman, Empress Wu. No other woman in China has ever held the position of empress.


Cultural

Women have made important contributions in all the arts. Encourage your students to challenge each other to this game that will test their knowledge of women in the arts. Have them select one woman featured in the answers and dig deeper into her art.
 
The Whaddaya Know Quiz Show: Women in the Arts
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-5, Game

Be a game show contestant and see what you know about women in the arts! Choose from fifteen comical characters. Play against the computer or with your friends. Do you think you can be the winner?


Political

Women wanting and having political influence is not new. Despite struggles for gender equality through the ages and around the world, some women in history seized power and ruled their worlds. Have students watch the video about the queen Hatshepsut and her rise to be king. Then, encourage students to participate in 25 Things You Didn’t Know, from our SOS series.
 
Hatshepsut’s Kingly Aspirations
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 9-12, Video Segment

Hatshepsut was Egypt’s first female pharaoh. She was born the daughter of a king and later married a king. After her husband died, she became one of Egypt’s greatest rulers.


Gender Parity

Women fight for gender parity in offices, factories, and on the field. Have students watch this segment from Global Stories to learn about the U.S. women’s soccer team and their fight for equal pay in professional soccer.
 
United States: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Fights for Equal Pay
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades K-5, Video Segment

Members of the U.S. women’s soccer team file a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation because they are not being paid the same as members of the men’s national team.


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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