In addition to activities on International Women of Color Day (March 1st ) and International Women's Day (March 8th ), there are many ways to get involved!
- Highlight faculty and administrators on your campus that embody feminist ideals and strive to empower women in their daily work. Send them letters of appreciation, post flyers around campus that detail their achievements, or hold a small forum that honors their accomplishments. Love a Women's Studies class you took last semester? Make sure your administration knows!
- Show films that showcase women's strength and power or emphasize women's role in history. In addition to movies such as "If These Walls Could Talk", "Iron Jawed Angels", or "Afghanistan Unveiled," the group can screen "Sisters of '77." This documentary uses archival footage and interviews to document the seminal first meeting of the National Women's Conference. It will air nationally on PBS on March 1st at 10pm.
- There are many women who are making a huge difference on a global scale. Design a display board, perhaps a world map, which highlights women around the world and the countries/regions in which they are doing important activism and/or advocacy work. For example, in 2003, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian campaigner for human rights, received the Nobel Peace Prize. She served as Iran's first female judge before being forced to resign following the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Despite the obstacles posed by the fundamentalist regime, she continued promoting the rights of women and children in Iran. For more examples or ideas for this project, contact the Campus Team at email@example.com or call the office at 1.866.444.FMLA!
- Table in a high-traffic area and ask people about strong women and/or important feminist influences in their lives. They can be relatives, friends, authors, celebrities, etc. Have them design cheaply bought ceramic tiles or fabric squares with paint pens or markers to honor these women. Display people's work in a public space or on your organization's bulletin board throughout Women's History Month.
- Approach a local establishment owner or campus hangout about holding a Women's History Month Trivia Bowl Night/Fundraiser. Develop questions, decide on rules, and pick an emcee for the event. Publicize the Trivia Bowl widely and charge teams to participate and/or people at the door. You can put the proceeds towards group members and other students attending the FMF's Global Conference in April!
- Visit the National Women's History Museum website at www.nwhm.org! The National Women's History Museum is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that celebrates women's contributions to American history and culture. The organization promotes the exploration and acknowledgement of women's roles in shaping our society, and the teaching of this information to future generations. Check out their cyber-museum and donate towards making their mission of building the first ever national museum in Washington, DC dedicated exclusively to women's history a reality.
- Make history by attending the National Collegiate Global Women's and Human Rights Conference on April 9-11, 2005 in Crystal City , VA. The conference will connect the dots between the need to build a national constituency to increase international family planning and health funding aid, to ratify international treaties for human rights and the environment, to combat sweatshops, and to promote non-violence and peace. Workshops and panels will include student leaders, and leaders in the women's rights, anti-slavery, anti-globalization, human rights, peace, and environmental movements. What are you waiting for? Register today!