Monday, March 5, 2012

March is National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the years of hard work for females to achieve equity goals in the classroom and in the Boardroom and to ensure the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. Women trailblazers and pioneers have added to human knowledge and skill in every field, from the arts and humanities to aviation, sports, science, education, and government. There are many women leaders in our community who replicate these qualities today.

Here are some of the many extraordinary women in our community who come to mind. The BMO Harris Bank (M &I) president; Mary Willmer-Sheedy, United Alloy CEO; Terri Roessler, businesswoman; Jackie Wood, University of Wisconsin-Rock County CEO/Dean, Carmen Wilson, Blackhawk Technical School’s Vice President of Learning, Sharon Kennedy and Entrepreneur and businesswoman, Diane Hendricks. Within the field of education and specifically in the School District of Janesville we have many female leaders who serve as principals, instructional managers, unit leaders and building coordinators. The 2012 theme for National Women’s History Month is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment, in order to honor the valiant struggle by many tenacious women in America to gain the right to equal education for females and the equal opportunity to learn.

Be sure to acknowledge the hard work and tenacity of the women you know who broke past barriers to achieve amazing accomplishments.

Try the quiz below and see how many of these questions you can answer regarding women’s issues. The answers will be in tomorrow’s blog.

Quiz in Honor of Women’s History Month

1. Who founded Troy Female Seminary in 1821?

2. Who created family reading programs to help educate Hispanic children?

3. Who was the first northern African- American woman to go South to teach in the Freedman Schools?

4. Who is the Executive Director of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures?

5. Who taught Helen Keller how to be able to participate in the world?

6. What member of the Tsalagi (Cherokee) Nation was one of first women of her Nation to receive a Ph.D.?

7. What is the title of the Education Amendments that mandated equal opportunity for females and males in all fields of federally funded public education?

8. In what years was this legislation written?

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