We all remember sitting in history class, reading our textbooks filled with important dates, battles and biographical info on historical figures. But I can say that as a girl, many times I noticed how we pretty much only learned about the roles of men in history. Sure, there was a brief mention of Rosa Parks once a year and maybe a quote from an Abigail adams letter, but not anything substantial. I can only remember a few instances where the class focused on a female historical figure for more than a minute. And ya know what, it’s a shame. Boy and girls need both male and female role models and most education curriculums don’t fulfill that need.
But ladies and gents, there is good news. A talented artist, published author, and mother, Ashmae has created these beautiful flash cards depicting female historical figures. Her KickStarter Brave Women Art describes how she came up with the idea and her hope that this project will inspire not only her daughter, but also her son as well as she communicates women’s important contributions because women and men should know about these female leaders. Her goal also includes rising money to provide these cards to under privileged kids learn about these awesome ladies, which couldn’t be more great.
Donations can be as little as $5 but just a $15 donation means you get your own set of cards sent to you in December, just in time for Christmas. I’ve got a few children on my list to buy for this year and it would be a perfect gift, although I have to admit that I want a set for myself. So head on over HERE and check out her awesome story and pick up a set!
I’m guessing that most of the people reading this blog have taken a few history courses. To me, it always felt as if American history classes spent the first third of the year on the revolution. And that makes some sense. I mean, the foundation of our country should be inspected for sure. And who doesn’t love to hear about our fore bearers fighting for freedom?
But I have a bone to pick with curriculum writers. You see, only a part of the population got to vote. White dudes. Yep, that’s pretty much it. HALF of the population was denied access because of gender. It’s mentioned, but definitely skimmed over. And you know what, I’ve totally come to terms with that part. The part I take issue with is when, at the end of the semester, the women’s suffrage movement gets maybe half a lecture. Anyone else think that’s ridiculous? I remember tons of facts on how much suffering and effort went into the revolutionary war but I have a hard time naming more than one or two leaders in the suffrage movement. And I’m pretty sure that if you asked people about the Seneca Falls Convention, they would probably shrug their shoulders and ask if it was a tech conference.
But there is good news. First, my rant is almost over. Second, there is an amazing new film with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep that shows some of the struggles our amazing foremothers (admittedly from across the pond) fought to secure a voice for US. It shows the violence, injustices, and heart ache that these women endured. I’m so unbelievably grateful for their determination and grit in a time when those things were not considered fitting attributes for women, much less ladies.
So my suggestion is simple: Go see the movie. Learn about this pivotal time in history. Support film makers who highlight this struggle. Plan to make it a ladies night and take all your girlfriends. And right now, watch the trailer and then immediately mark your calendars for October 23rd.