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5th Annual
Making HERstory
Saturday, March 20, 2021
6:00 PM

Where are the women in American history?

Who were they? What were their accomplishments and contributions? Women are without lineage in American History.

In 3500 years of recorded world history 0.5% is devoted to women. Less than 4% of American women are represented in educational materials.

We can no longer deny the tremendous contribution and advancement of women over the last 100 years.

We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us. Their legacy is our story, and a truly balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society.

Making HERstory spotlights the lives of women throughout history who defied stereotypes and broke barriers. Through a 60 minute visual and cultural performance, interactive exhibits and activities, an awards ceremony and printed resources, Making HERstory brings to life the real accomplishments and contributions of women historically and of today.

How did women affect change to society? What were their dreams, values and challenges?

When we witness the stories of these women, we learn that women can achieve anything, without limits. Women’s achievements expands our sense of what is possible.

Making HERstory honors the past, embraces the present and supports the future of all women.

“If we want our girls to benefit from the courage and wisdom of the women who came before them, we have to share their stories.” – Shireen Dodson

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Our Goals:

To duplicate our efforts and expand our reach into colleges, high schools and community organizations across the country.

Support the Fair History Act Initiative that will insure women’s stories are told and fairly represented in educational materials.

Why is this important? Only 178 of the historic figures listed in K through 12 education standards are women. Our collaborative community partner, the National Women’s History Museum analyzed the K-12 educational standards in social studies for each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. They published their findings in Where Are the Women?, a report on the status of women in the standards that dictate who and what is taught in classrooms. Their report found just how few women are required reading in America’s schools. About 4% of educational materials include women.

Fifty-three percent of mentions of women’s history fall within the context of domestic roles, with women’s rights and suffrage making up only 20 percent of the mentions. – Smithsonian Institute

What is Making HERstory? Scripts are created for actors to play influential women in American history. We share these trailblazing women’s stories to educate and inspire generations of women.

Dolores Huerta • 2020 Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award

The WJF honors women of today with the Legacy Award, for those who light the way for future generations.

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This year our annual Making HERstory will be aired online March 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM.

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