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Women's Hall of Fame - "We can do it!"

Just like Rosie the Riveter said some 60 years ago, “We can do it.” For the past 25 years the achievements of outstanding historical and contemporary Michigan women have been celebrated by the MWHoF, doing just that.

A documentary celebrating these accomplishments was aired on Comcast PBS “On Demand” until August 1, 2009.  A DVD compilation is now available for sale for $15 (plus $3 postage and handling).  This 60 minute special features in-depth interviews with some of the top women in Michigan history and highlights some of Michigan’s greatest contemporary women leaders.

To order, go to http://www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org/pages/documentary_order.htm .  All proceeds will benefit the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame.


Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt is celebrated throughout the world for her skillful leadership in championing the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled, The UN Declaration of Human Rights. She fearlessly challenged all social mores, customs, and laws that impeded justice.

In What I Hope to Leave Behind, Roosevelt historian Blanche Wiesen Cook says it best, “…This is a remarkably useful book; all the issues of ER’s time remain the most urgent issues of our time, beginning with her own political philosophy of personal responsibility and activism.  There is nothing outdated about the role of government in times of crises and human need; the perils and future of democracy; the complexities and contradictions of America’s quest for civil liberties and civil rights; the role of women in public and private life; the role of education, libraries, culture, in society; issues of war, peace, and politics; the race between bigotry and human rights worldwide.” Edited with an introduction by Allida M. Black, Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.  This book may be of interest to some readers, and others may have their interest sparked by one of ER’s most significant quotes: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” 682 p., hardcover.

Celebrating National Women's History Month

Since 1910, March 8 has been observed as International Women's Day by people around the world. Thus, March was chosen for National Women's History Month in the United States.

In celebrating Women's History, the goal is not to rewrite history, but rather to add very different perspectives about what is historically significant. Before the 1980s, history focused primarily on political, military, and economic leaders and events. That approach has virtually excluded women, both leaders and ordinary citizens, from history books.

The National Education Association has compiled a list of resources to help you integrate the celebration of Women's History Month into your curriculum. Visit www.nea.org/webresources/womenshistory.html for Web sites, lesson plans, and activity ideas.


Web sites

American Association of University Women

Black Facts Online

Collection of Women’s Resources

Exploring Your Future in Math and Science: Encouraging Women in the Sciences
Explores the reasons why women are less likely to enter professions in math and science.

Gender Equity in Sports

Girls Incorporated

Michigan Gender Equity Team

Michigan Women’s Foundation

Michigan Women’s Studies Association/Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame

Ms. Foundation for Women

National Women’s Hall of Fame

National Women’s History Project

U.S. Department of Education Gender Equity in Education

The White House Project
Learn more about the nationwide effort regarding a woman president in the next millennium.

Gender Equity in the Classroom

Living the Legacy
History of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States

Gifts of Speech
Speeches made by influential contemporary women.

University of Rochester Susan B. Anthony Center

First Ladies Library

Women in Congress

19th Century Women Writers

Women Artists of American West

Hildegard Publishing Company
Musician’s biographies

Educating Jane.Com
Lesson plans for gender equity, updates on Title IX, important dates in history, etc.

The Ninety-Nines
Women in aviation history

U.S. Naval Astronomers affiliated with the U.S. Navy

American Women in Uniform

Women Come to the Front
Journalists, photographers and broadcasters during World War II

Women in World History Curriculum

National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education

Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology

Exploring Gender and Technology in Learning Environments
Web-based instructional resource


Updated: October 13, 2009 10:23 AM