March is Women's History Month and we are SO ready! From history (we prefer to call it 'herstory') and heroes (sheroes), to empowering your girl to find her voice and be a confident, creative leader: this list has it all. Read on to find out how to celebrate Women's History Month this year!
1. Get a mini history lesson on Women's History month
It's important to know why we're doing what we're doing, right? When we realized we didn't know how this month came about, we Googled super hard and condensed the history of Women's History Month into this quick little list for you!
2. Start A Girls With Ideas Group
Do you know that over a thousand girls have been part of a Girls With Ideas group? Our hearts are so full to think that we were able to make something that parents, teachers, and counselors tell us are changing lives.
If you want to start a Girls With Ideas Group, it's super easy! Here's how!
Gather a group of girls (whether it's your students, Girl Scout Troop, or your daughter's besties, all you need is a few girls)!
Set up a time! The Girls With Ideas Curriculum is 20, 45-minute lessons. You can meet every day, weekly, or whenever!
That's it! Making a Girls With Ideas group is seriously that easy! Questions? Contact us!
3. Get your Girl Power Swag
It will shock no one that we love our girl power swag. Check out our brand new Gift Guide: 12 Feminist Gifts for Girls and get something for the girl you love (and/or for yourself...definitely get something for yourself, too!).
Here's a sneak peek at some of our favs:
4. Listen to a Girl Power Playlist
Make your own or follow our Spotify playlist available here! We jam out to this puppy all day every day.
What are our favorite inspirational songs right now? Glad you asked!
Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
Rise Up by Andra Day
Video by India Arie
Firework by Katy Perry
Brave by Sara Barielles
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Try by Colbie Caillat
5. Frame your Favorite Empowering Quote
We combed through some of your favorite and re-pinned inspirational quotes from our Pinterest board and picked these beauties for 'ya. Print out your favorite and post it in your/her space!
6. Better yet: Make your OWN Empowering Vision Statement!
One of our favorite memories when creating Girls With Ideas is a three-hour phone call that resulted in making our very special vision statement. You can download a free frame-able print of it here!
Since then, we've shared our statement with thousands of customers and girls with ideas. But vision statements aren't just for businesses, they're for people, too! We love this article from The Balance, which includes a great list of questions to. ask yourself like:
What three things must you do every single day to feel fulfilled?
What strengths have other people commented on about you and your accomplishments? What strengths do you see in yourself?
What are your five to six most important values?
As you start to figure out what your vision will include, you can make it pretty using our favorite design site, Canva.com!
7. Write a thank you note to a woman that inspires you
There is seriously nothing more meaningful than telling someone that they've made an impact in your life. Writing it down in a note makes it so that they can keep the words you said forever. Hand-deliver the note or send it in the mail and add a big ball of sunshine to their day!
8. While you're at it, write yourself a love note
We spent a lot of time in February talking about love, especially self-love. Take some time this month to sit down and tell yourself how great you are. If you want to take it to the next level, seal the letter in an envelope, address it to you, and put a stamp on it. Ask someone to mail it to you sometime in the future (but not too soon)! We bet that letter will show up in the mail on a day you need that self-love most!
9. Do a random act of kindness specifically for girls!
Here's a crazy idea: write a bunch of compliments on post-it notes. Things like:
You are kind and generous!
You're a smart lady!
You have a beautiful smile!
You light up a room!
Your confidence is inspiring to others!
Then, take those post-it notes and go on a mission to stick them in girls' bathrooms around school, work, or even in a public restroom (ask permission first!)!
10. Read up HER-story and Inspiring Women from the Past!
Women's History Month was founded because women wanted important women from history to be recognized for their accomplishments. There are a ton of phenomenal books that are informative, beautiful, and empowering. Get some of our favorites below and hit the books!
11. Watch these Inspiring TED Talks for Women
Youtube has a playlist of 20 Inspiring TED Talks Every Woman Should Watch. With a list this big, you could watch a few every week of the month!
12. Read about the Women that Inspire Us!
At Girls With Ideas, we celebrate when girls' ideas change the world. Here are 5 Women that Moved Ideas Forward and inspire us!
13. Then Read about the IDEA GIRLS that are changing the world RIGHT NOW!
Every week we feature a new Idea Girl in our spotlight. These girls are as young as 4-years-old and are change makers in their communities and beyond. Head over to our Idea Girl page or read more on the Idea Girl blog page to hear all about these inspiring girls!
Better yet--do you know a girl with ideas who is making an impact? Nominate her to be featured on our blog and social media!
14. And watch these videos on amazing Idea Girls!
When we wrote the Girls With Ideas curriculum, we were determined to show little girls that there are girls JUST LIKE THEM that are making an impact on the world. It took some strong determination and A LOT of searching, but we found these Idea Girl Videos and are so happy to shine light on their accomplishments!
15. Kick butt and build some muscle
Nothing says YOU GO GIRL like sinking a basket, kicking a goal, or working up a sweat in kickboxing class. Whatever it is, do something that'll make you feel like a powerful, strong she-boss!
16. Then Flex your Creative Muscles!
We believe that creativity is a skill that CAN be taught AND that a creative girl is a confident girl.
Taking time to practice creativity, a skill that's often overlooked and put aside in today's fast-paced and achievement-focused world, can build your confidence tenfold.
For just a few bucks and in less than 30 minutes, you can strengthen your creative muscle using our easy-to-use guide!
17. Learn about other creative women!
Did you know that the refrigerator, computer software, and even Monopoly were all invented by women?! Buzzfeed has compiled a list of 18 Inventions By Women that Changed the World! Bow down to these girlbosses and thank them for our modern-day conveniences like heating and the dishwasher!!!
18. Teach her Courage through empowering books
We've got a list of 16 Books, Movies, and Songs that'll Teach Girls Courage. The books we love are jam-packed with powerful messages that'll make her feel brave and ready to take on the challenges in her life. Here are a few of our favs from the list:
19. Or relax and watch your favorite heroine on the big screen!
This list is the gift that keeps on giving! We love movies like Brave, A League of Their Own, Nancy Drew, Moana (I'm not crying, you're crying), and The Longshots!
20. Then Watch this Documentary
Girl Rising is a phenomenal documentary about nine young girls from impoverished countries fighting with all they have for an education.
Narrated by big names like Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto and Meryl Streep, your heart will fill all the way up hearing the inspirational stories of these girls working to make history.
21. Celebrate a belated Galentine's Day
We wish everyday was Galentine's Day. This month, surprise your gal pals and throw a girl a besties bash or use one of our other nine Ideas to Celebrate Galentine's Day to show your ladies some love!
22. Donate your time, talent or treasure to organizations that support girls
There are three major ways to show an organization that you support their mission: give them time by showing up to serve, talent by using your skill set to help out, or treasure by making a financial contribution.
Volunteering and making donations with girls shows them how valuable giving back to the community is and makes them far more likely to continue the tradition as an adult. Find a service organization in your community or check out these awesome orgs you can donate to online!
23. Write Your Representative
No matter your age, the news is a lot to take in these days. There's a lot happening politically that kids can have an opinion on, and what better way to help them feel empowered than to write their representative? We found these ADORABLE postcards from Alpha Mom and a great blog post that will help you talk to your girl about the issues she wants to write her representative about. Help her find her representative and then get writing!
P.S. While we're on the topic, make sure you're registered to vote!
24. Then Raise her to Rise Up and Run!
This program is completely free and offers a supportive online community of like-minded ladies! Register here!
25. Speaking of speaking up, help her Find Her Voice!
Our newest (and crazy-popular!) product is an activity guide called "Finding Her Voice." We are overwhelmed at the positive response parents and educators have had to this download!
This guide was designed to be done one-on-one with a girl to help her learn how to communicate in a healthy, positive way.
This download includes eight, 30-minute activities that are not only explained in full detail, but also include a little script and talking points you can use to know what to say! Additionally, there is a workbook called an Idea Book included so she'll have lots of space to work through the activities and reflect on her own.
Help a girl you love find her voice and learn to speak up!
26. Subscribe to one of our magazines for Idea Girls: Kazoo
Kazoo is a magazine for girls ages 5 to 12 that helps them learn how to celebrate themselves. It’s topics include art, nature, science, tinkering and tech, cooking, travel, sports, emotions, writing, citizenship and critical thinking. Check out how fun this magazine is by looking at their sample pages here.
27. Women's History? There's an App for that.
Technology is one heckuva beautiful thing! Now you can download the Field Trip app and turn on the "Women on the Map" feature created by Spark to get an alert when you're near a place where a woman made history!
Then, head out on a scavenger hunt and see if you can find spots around town where sheroes stood!
28. Build a Riveting Photo Booth
We LOVE this idea from American Libraries Magazine! Build a photo booth full of props that are symbols of women who made history:
Red bandana for Rosie the Riveter
Lace collar for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Goggles for Amelia Earhart
Stuffed monkey and safari hat for Jane Goodall
Nurse's hat for Florence Nightingale
Chemistry Kit for Marie Curie
Then all you need is a camera and the girls can strike a pose!
Wanna kick it up a notch? Check out these 19 girl power costumes from Buzzfeed and ask the girls to dress up as their favorite feminist! Better yet, if you have a super little one, dress her up in one of these 9 Feminist Baby Costumes from Brit + Co! LOOK HOW CUTE THEY ARE!
29. Make Women's History Month more Colorful!
30. Get a Girlboss Guest Speaker
Women's History Month isn't just about women who made history, it's also about women who are out there making it. Mentorship is one of THE most successful keys to women's success and it's never too early to help a girl find a meaningful mentorship.
Look up women leaders in your local community, ask girls to invite their mentor to speak, or even consider having Girls With Ideas speak or Skype into your girl group!
Here are some questions to ask your guest speaker to inspire your girls to #getit!
Who is your female role model? Why?
What challenges have you faced as a woman doing what you do?
What advice do you have for girls my/our age?
Why do you think it is important for girls to be leaders?
How can a girl who wants to do what you're doing someday prepare herself to follow in your footsteps?
31. Treat Yo Self
Listen, it can be hard to be a girl. Take a day to yourself this March and do whatever recharges your batteries: give yourself a spa day, read a book, take the longest shower of your life--whatever makes you happy!
There you have it! This crazy-long list gives you one thing (or more!) to do everyday this month to celebrate herstory and show our gratitude for the women that came before us and the women that blazing new trails today.
Happy Women's History Month, girls! What are you doing to celebrate?!
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