“I’m not important; I don’t have any recognizable talent or job. I am not a historical figure. I can’t have any sort of level in History whatsoever…”
How many of you has ever thought that? Too many I would say. Because everyone of us is worthy to be remembered and to have a place in someone’s history.
As a kid, while talking with family members, I discovered that some of my ancestors and other relatives had taken part in the Resistance movement during World War 2. One of them was a young woman who drove her bicycle around Paris, passing by German SS soldiers, to deliver messages to different groups of resistants. The messages were in the tubes of the bicycle. She was not the only one to do so in France, however she was my great-aunt and her example has shown me that the bravery of one woman can have a positive impact in a difficult situation.
To help the new generations, both girls AND boys, at understanding the roles women have played in the past and are playing today, we have to help them start being conscious of how women in their family, their neighborhood, their faith or their cultural circle live, think, create, behave, overcome difficulties and shape the world we live in.
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Recording Memories For The Future Generations
1/ Talk to and record the words of women you know
Write them down, use audio or video recordings… Ask them questions about their past, how they live as a woman, their aspirations. Let them the freedom to be themselves and to explore topics they don’t usually mention in their daily life.
2/ Choose a topic with your children and start together a research project on it
Laws about women’s right, access to healthcare, how to give birth, architecture / urbanism / interior design and the place they allow to women, economic policies, arts, violence against women, clothes, etc, could improve how the children or teenagers see the world, from a woman’s point of view.
3/ Women, young or old, write down your own thoughts.
Keep a dairy, or a blog or whatever medium works best for you. Don’t pass the opportunity to let your own voice speaks one day to your loved ones. Perhaps your grand-daughter will read one of your entries and be soothed or encouraged by the words you will have written. Also, you don’t know what the future entails for you: you could become a prominent historical figure (locally, nationally or internationally…)
4/ Find and read diaries or literature from women of the past centuries.
Educate yourself on how they lived, what they went through and what has still to be done to better the life of women. And then, act. Chose an association or a NGO, and serve in a way that can help empowering women.
5/ Always try to balance the points of view of men and women.
You can’t understand a situation without considering all the aspects. For too many centuries, the masculine voices have recorded most of the historical accounts, and nowadays historians and archeologists have to work harder to discover how the women of the past lived. Women Studies have seen huge improvements in how we see our ancestors; however some countries are far behind others in term of records and values of these infos and researches. Be considerate with every people, their story, the values they had at their era, etc.
Now, dear girls and women readers, it’s your turn to make history. Be confident in yourself, chose to be heard in a respectful manner, and when the time comes, do your part bravely. You are good enough to be known and recognized. Be patient too!
Your moment to shine won’t be the same as your sister, your friend or the girl living across the street. Neither will it be in the same way. Find what motivates you, what is the best for you. At the end of your life, what matters the most is that you lived a life you are proud of, even if bumps happened on the road. A life your loved ones will be happy to remember and cherish.
Join us for our annual Women’s History Month series, celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of women around the world. Follow along all month plus link up your own posts below! Don’t miss our series from 2016 and 2015, and find even more posts on our Women’s History board on Pinterest:
modernmami on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 3 Reasons Why We Celebrate Women’s History Month
The Jenny Evolution: More Children’s Books About Amazing Women
Colours of Us: 32 Multicultural Picture Books About Strong Female Role Models
modernmami: 103 Children’s Books for Women’s History Month
A Crafty Arab: The Arab Woman Who Carved Exquisite Beauty into Science
Hispanic Mama: 5 Children’s Books About Latina Women
MommyMaestra: Free Download – Women’s History Month Trading Cards
MommyMaestra on MommyMaestra on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Women’s History Month
Crafty Moms Share: First Ladies and Eleanor Roosevelt
Mama Smiles: Write Down Your Family’s Women’s History
Bookworms and Owls: Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Creative World of Varya
La Cité des Vents on Multicultural Kid Blogs
Pura Vida Moms
Melibelle in Tokyo
All Done Monkey
Family in Finland
the piri-piri lexicon
Let the Journey Begin
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