March is Women's History Month!
Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters, Aunts, Cousins, Friends. We are all in this together. Let's celebrate our achievement. Learn from our struggles. And pass the torch proudly to those who follow. Here are 7 ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- Plan a Visit to Seneca Falls, New York.
The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women's rights convention. It advertised itself as "a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman". Held in Seneca Falls, New York, it spanned two days over July 19–20, 1848. You can visit The Women's Rights Museum & National Historic Park and take a guided tour, Visit The Weslyan Chapel, the exact place where the Seneca Falls Convention took place. See Elizabeth Cady Stanton's House, which has been restored to the 1848 condition as well as the M'Clintock House, Quakers who organized the convention.
- Learn "Who Was?"
Take a trip to the Book Store and Choose a Biography of a Woman who has made history. Try the "Who was" collection of Books. These books detail a person's life by answering the question "Who was?" in easy to read, easy to understand prose. You can also find these books at the library! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COLLECTION.
- Read to your Kids. Yes, both BOYS and GIRLS
Read "A Kid's Guide to America's First Ladies" by Kathleen Krull and/or "100 Women Who Made History" by Stella Caldwell, Clare Hibbert, Andrea Mills and Rona Skene and or Women in Science: 50 Pioneers who changed the World" by Rachel Ignotofsky. Focus on one person each night. Kids will love the quality time, while learning a bit about these famous women who helped shape our nation and our culture.
- Visit Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a great place to learn about history through the National Parks and Historical Museums. Think The Betsy Ross House and The National Constitution Center where you can learn about "historic firsts" and the movement to make Women equal to Men.
- Visit The Pearl S. Buck House in Bucks County
Take a tour of Pearl S. Buck's national historic landmark home and discover the life and legacy of the Nobel & Pulitzer-prize winning writer, advocate and humanitarian. Yes, she is the author of The Good Earth. You probably read that in 9thor 10th grade, Extraordinary life, mission and impact. In fact, her work is still making a difference today. Highly Recommended.
- Check out New Jersey's Women's Hertiage Trail
New Jersey’s rich past always has included the stories of the lives of a few “famous” women from Annis Boudinot Stockton, a Colonial poet; to Clara Barton, Civil War nurse and founder of the first public school in New Jersey; to suffragist leader Alice Paul; to pioneering aviator and writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh; to 20th-century political leader Millicent Fenwick. Any of those names sound familiar? Yep, they are part of New Jersey geography and culture! http://www.njwomenshistory.org/nj-womens-heritage-trail/
- Visit Paulsdale, the Home of Alice Paul(1885-1977)
Alice Paul was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and one of the main leaders and strategists of the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote. Along with Lucy Burns and others, Paul strategized events, such as the Woman Suffrage Procession and the Silent Sentinels, which were part of the successful campaign that resulted in its passage in 1920. VIsit Her House in Mount Laurel New Jersey
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