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March is Women's History Month!

Since she was in 5th grade, Raya Kenney, has been interested in the women that worked in factories, as machinists, lumberjacks  farmers, pilots, codebreakers and more, during World War 2. With the men, away fighting in World War 2, many women, were called upon to leave the homes and go to work, something not usually done, during that time period. The women workers were often called “Rosies”. Raya was determined that these women should be honored for their patriotism during the war. Now, 18, Raya, is trying to convince people to erect a monument to the Rosies. The design of the monument, to be located in Washington, DC, is in the shape of a V, for victory. Raya designed the monument for a 5th grade project. Each of the twenty stone pillars would have a job that women did during the war.  

Learn more about Raya’s efforts to see her monument become a reality at this link:

Women’s History Month, in March, would be a perfect opportunity to send a letter to your congressperson asking them to consider the  National memorial to the Women who Worked on the Home Front!

In December(2019), Raya testified at the House Subcommittee on National parks, Forests and Public Lands on her quest to get support for her proposed monument.

Women’s History Month(March)

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." 

—Eleanor Roosevelt  

In 1978, a school district in  California, organized a “Women’s History Week”. By 1981, Congress passed a resolution establishing a National Women’s History Week and in 1987, Congress created a month, March, to honor the contributions of women and to promote the teaching of women’s history. 

The following information may be helpful  for Women’s History Month. The 2020 theme for Women's History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote".

At one time, women weren’t able to do many things because of their gender. Here are some women trailblazers.  Being the first, made it easier for other women to follow in their footsteps. Every year, new firsts continue to be made by women. Here is just a sampling of firsts made by women.

Lucy Brewer

First woman Marine


Elizabeth Blackwell

First woman to receive a medical degree


Amelia Jenks Bloomer

Publisher/editor of first prominent women's rights newspaper


Harriet Tubman

First woman to run underground railroad to help slaves escape


Lucy Hobbs

First woman to graduate from dental school



Arabella Mansfield Babb

First woman admitted to the bar to practice law



Frances Elizabeth Willard

First woman to become a college president (Evanston College)



Victoria Chaflin Woodhull

First woman to be presidential candidate



Helen Magill

First woman to receive a Ph.D. degree (Boston University)



Belva Ann Lockwood

First woman to practice law before U.S. Supreme Court



Clara Barton

Founder of the American Red Cross



Suzanna Madora Salter

First woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)



Marie Curie

First women to win  a Nobel Prize AND first person awarded TWO Nobel Prizes(as of 2016)

1903 AND 1911


Mary McLeod Bethune

First woman to establish secondary school that became 4-year accredited college



Blanche Scott

First woman to fly an airplane



Jeannette Rankin

First woman U.S. House Representative (Montana)



Bessie Coleman

First African American Female pilot in USA and first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot’s license




Hallie Ferguson

First woman governor of U. S. state (Texas)



Amelia Earhart

First woman to be a passenger on an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean (1928)

and first woman to fly  across the Atlantic Ocean



Jane Addams

First American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize



Hattie Wyatt Caraway

First woman elected to U.S. Senate



Amelia Earhart

First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean



Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova

First woman to fly in space, aboard Vostok 6



Mary Clarke

First woman to be named major general in U.S. Army



Sandra Day O'Connor

First woman to become a Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court



Sally Kristen Ride

First American woman to reach outer space.



Ann Bancroft

First woman to walk to North Pole



Christa McAuliffe

First woman citizen passenger on a space mission(teacher)



Lt. Col. Eileen Collins

First American woman to pilot a Space Shuttle



Madeleine K. Albright

First woman Secretary of State and highest ranking woman in the U.S. government



Condoleezza Rice

First African-American woman to be appointed Secretary of State



Nancy Pelosi

First woman to become Speaker of the House



Hillary Clinton 

First FIRST LADY to become a senator(from NY).First woman to be in a presidential primary and caucus in every state. She would go on to be the first female candidate for President for a major political party(Democratic Party)



Michelle Obama 

First African American First Lady



Kathryn Bigelow

First woman to win the Best Director Award



Mary Barra 

First female CEO of General Motors




Allowed to compete in ski jumping events at the Winter Olympics for the first time



Katie Higgins 

First female pilot of the Blue Angels(US Navy Flight demonstration squad)



Megan Brennan

First female United States Postmaster General



Carla Hayden

First woman(and African American woman) to become the 14th Librarian at the Library of Congress



Susan Polgar

First woman in history to achieve the Grandmaster title in chess



Peggy Whitson

Most days spent in space by a NASA astronaut!



Vanessa O'Brien

First woman to successfully summit the 2nd tallest mountain, K2



Gina Haspel

First woman to head the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)as its director



Carla Provost

First woman to become the Chief of the United States Border Patrol


First ALL Women spacewalk

On March 29th, Christina Koch and Anne McClain went outside the ISS and participated in the first all female space walk. 2019


  1. Are there any areas in which women still have yet to make a contribution?

2.  What are 3 character traits of women who have been trailblazers? What would you list as 3 of your best character traits?

3.  There is a Hispanic Heritage Month, a Native American Month, a Black History Month and a Women’s History Month. Why do you think such months were established? Do you think there is a need for such months to highlight different groups? Why, why not?

4.  If you could interview a woman trailblazer(past or present), who would it be and why? What might be 2 questions you would ask of that person?

5. Illustrate one of the women’s history facts.

For Teachers:

Sites of interest for additional materials:

2. NEA

3. Quiz your women’s history knowledge(women adventurers)  Quiz your women’s history knowledge (women leaders)

4. Check out the National Women’s Hall of Fame, opened in 1979, in Seneca Falls, NY.    Check out the inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame:

5.  Another great source of women past and present 


4. Check out my web quest on famous First Ladies:

5. Check out my TpT Store for Reader’s Theater Scripts on Famous women in history, science and literature: Susan B.Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell, Hillary Clinton, Bessie Coleman, Michelle Obama, Edith Bolling Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart,Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams, Florence Harding, Lady Bird Johnson, Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Marian Anderson, Louisa May Alcott, Katherine Johnson and Rachel Carson:  I also have a Reader's Theater Script on WW2 Pilots(part of the WASP) and a Reader's Theater Script on Women Soldiers during the Civil War. I also have a Reader's Theater Script on Revolutionary War Female Spies.


Note: Photographs from wpclipart.(photograph of Elizabeth Blackwell:public domain)

Model of Raya's Proposed Monument is from CBSnews.

Photograph of Raya from