There are so many interesting women in history but hardly any of them are in my daughter’s textbooks. How do I get her interested in this when she thinks history is boring. Judie
Women’s history is shockingly underrepresented in most history textbooks (about 10% of the entries are about women). This is unfortunate for a few reasons.
- Both girls and boys get a strong impression that women haven’t done much that’s important, which is untrue.
- The lack of women to relate to can really dampen girls’ interest in history.
- The few stories about women commonly included in textbooks usually reinforce outdated ideas about women’s place in society.
March is Women’s History Month. Consider making this a women’s history exploration for you, your daughter and your son. You can find famous women in history as well as some inspiring women to research at New Moon Girls Women’s History. Then, go do some exploring together. Maybe your children will want to visit an art or science museum to learn about more women there.
Knowing great women in history can make girls feel proud and stretch their ideas of what they may do one day. It connects them to the long line of women and girls who came before them and made the world a better place, inspiring them to do the same. Women in history are role models that teach girls and boys about valuable personal qualities and how to overcome problems. We all deserve a full picture of history that we can relate to.
So, search out books, films and other resources that tell about women in history. Do it for your daughters and your sons! And then advocate for textbooks and other educational resources that tell more stories of women and girls.
Learn more in these books: How To Say It To Girls: Communicating with Your Growing Daughter and 33 Things Every Girl Should Know about Women’s History