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Five Important Women for Preschool Kids to Know 

Posted on 03-08-2017

During March every year, Americans across the nation celebrate Women’s History Month, a time to lift up the countless women who have made history fighting for equality and defending their freedom.

The celebration of women’s history began as “Women’s History Week” in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. In 1987, nearly ten years later, congress declared March Women’s History Month. Over many centuries, women from all walks of life have made history in the fields of medicine, politics, technology and more. Here are five important women that your children should know about.

Rosa Parks

In December of 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus for a white passenger. Parks left a lasting legacy by setting an example for young girls and women everywhere to defend themselves and demand respect, no matter their gender, skin color, or financial status.

Alice Stebbins Wells

In 1910, Alice Wells was appointed the first American-born female police officer with arrest powers in the United States. She believed that children and young women needed a female police officer to trust and confide in. Despite facing backlash from the press and male policemen nationwide, she persevered and continued working to protect her community.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1928, she was invited to take part in a flight across the Atlantic with co-pilots Bill Stultz and Slim Gordon. The three were successful, but Earhart had her heart set on crossing the Atlantic on her own. In 1932, she did just that, proving that anything is possible with determination and courage.

Juliette “Daisy” Gordon

In 1912, Juliette turned her passion for adventure and selfless service into Girl Scouts of the USA. Juliette believed in pushing young women from all walks of life toward personal growth and self-love. What started over one hundred years ago as a small troop of eighteen young girls has grown into an organization hosting millions of members nationwide.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1820 in Maryland. Throughout the course of her life, she faced abuse and neglect, but the mistreatment she endured led her to become a hero among other slaves. Tubman fought tirelessly to lead 300+ enslaved people to northern states, where slavery was outlawed, on the Underground Railroad.

These five women are just an example of the millions of women who have made history over time. You can celebrate Women’s History Month with your preschool children by creating a family tree of the spectacular women in your family, or writing personal letters to show love and support to the deserving female role models in your lives. 

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