Saturday, March 8, 2014

International Women's Day: celebrating women who have won a Nobel Prize (ages 10-14)

March 8th marks International Women's Day, a celebration that has been observed since in the early 1900's. On this day, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

I have really enjoyed sharing with students the website for the Nobel Prize. Since 1901, prizes have been awarded for remarkable achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. Of the more than 500 prizes 45 have been awarded to women (see the list here), an amount that I think is much too small. But one way to inspire girls of today to reach for greatness is to celebrate the achievement of other women.

The Nobel Prize website provides information for every Nobel Prize since 1901, including the Nobel Laureates' biographies, Nobel Lectures, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and more.

Find out about Tawakkoi Karman, who has worked toward improving women's rights in Yemen. Read about Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Share about Emily Greene Balch, a leader of the American peace movement.

Each day this month, I will be sharing different resources to help children learn about amazing women throughout history. What books or websites do you like to share with children during Women's History Month?

©2014 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

No comments:

Post a Comment