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March 8: International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. And of course it coincides with Women’s History Month in the United States.

International Women’s Day (IWD; #BalanceforBetter ) is not country, group or organization specific, meaning it belongs to everyone. You can make IWD your day, every day. See internationalwomensday.com for ideas.


Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.


– Myra Pollack Sadker
Professor, author, researcher and activist

One event to consider for you and your friends is this coming Sunday, March 10. The Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Feminism and the Arts , sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is your chance to correct the historical record and help improve coverage of feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. A special tour of remarkable women artists in SAAM’s collection kicks things off, then you’ll learn how to edit and create new articles on women artists in Wikipedia. All levels of technological proficiency welcome.

Classroom Resources

It’s not too late to look for lesson plans and activities to incorporate into the month:

Classroom resources, courtesy of NEA

Check out these new resources from the Library of Congress

Other Organizations with Resources for Women’s History Month

National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education

National Women’s History Museum

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