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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Celebrating Women's History Month


March marks the onset of the celebration of Women's History Month. Starting out as a weeklong celebration, the event expanded to highlight women and their contribution to our country's history.

The purpose of the month-long celebration is to pay tribute to noteworthy and ordinary women and their accomplishments through the generations.

This year marks the 30th year for the National Women's History Project, with a focus on "Writing Women Back Into History."

According to the National Women's History Project, "When we began our work in the early eighties, the topic of women’s history was limited to college curricula, and even there it languished. At that time, less than 3% of the content of teacher training textbooks mentioned the contributions of women and when included, women were usually written in as mere footnotes. Women of color and women in fields such as math, science, and art were completely omitted. This limited inclusion of women’s accomplishments deprived students of viable female role models." (http://www.nwhp.org/)

Today, over 28,300,000 results pop-up when Googling, "Women's History Month." With the help of groups, writers, museums, unions, the military, women's programs, and more, women are being written back into history at rapid rates.

We believe at Women Writing the West, we are a part of the ongoing effort to continue writing women into the history books. The following blogs and websites are proof we stand behind Women's History Month. Take a minute to check out something we are truly passionate about.

Cynthia Becker is posting all month at: http://chipeta.wordpress.com
Kathleen Earnst can be found at: www.sitesandstories.wordpress.com.
Lori Orser invites you to: http://www.LeeScott58.wordpress.com
Doris McCraw will have weekly postings at: http://renawomyn.blogspot.com and an interview at: www.dorismccraw.net

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