Here at Adafruit we do our best to regularly share our favorite makers, hackers, artists and engineers with you. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re going to share some of our favorite ladies in STEM. We hope you enjoy our posts, learn something new, and join the celebration on social media with #WHM16 #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInSTEM !
Curious how Women’s History Month began? National Women’s History Project has a great summary:
As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978.
The week March 8th, International Women’s Day, was chosen as the focal point of the observance. The local Women’s History Week activities met with enthusiastic response, and dozens of schools planned special programs for Women’s History Week. Over one-hundred community women participated by doing special presentations in classrooms throughout the country and an annual “Real Woman” Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries. The finale for the week was a celebratory parade and program held in the center of downtown Santa Rosa, California.
If you’re interested in teaching about Women’s History Month, womenshistorymonth.gov has a list of primary sources as well as other teaching resources.