“Women, whether subtly or vociferously, have always been a tremendous power in the destiny of the world."  – Eleanor Roosevelt, American political figure, diplomat, and activist

March is Women’s History Month in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, created to highlight the pivotal but often underrepresented contributions of women. As educators, you have the unique opportunity of bringing these stories to life in your classrooms. 

Incorporating special activities and engaging Women’s History Month lessons into your classroom can transform this month into an enriching educational experience. Through this, you can help your students make deeper, more personal connections with history. Join Microsoft Education as we take this opportunity to inspire and educate by shedding light on the extraordinary achievements of women and encouraging a new generation of learners to understand and value their impact. 

Celebrating women's history 

Women's History Month presents an opportunity to genuinely recognize the impact women have had on shaping our world. You can shine a spotlight on the often-overlooked narratives and achievements of women, casting their stories from the sidelines to the center stage.  

This month is your opportunity to sketch a more diverse portrayal of our past, particularly for the young women in your classroom. It's a chance to show them a world where their potential is boundless. Dive into the lives of historical figures, explore the accomplishments of contemporary female leaders, and bridge the gap between yesterday and today. These stories of determination, creativity, and leadership can spark inspiration. 

"I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard … we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani female education activist

Women's History Month is not only a time for celebration but also to educate and empower. It’s a chance for you and your students to explore and appreciate the diverse and critical roles women have played in contributing to the world we live in today. 

In her words: Women’s History Month quotes that inspire 

Ignite your students’ curiosity and empathy through an exploratory activity designed to honor remarkable women. Use Flip to create a vibrant space for students to share the lives of women who’ve made a difference, whether in science, politics, the arts, or any field that speaks to them.  

You can easily create a topic in Flip where students can post their chosen Women’s History Month quote, accompanied by a brief exploration of the woman behind the words. They’ll share her achievements, her role in shaping our world, and the personal significance of her message. As students share their findings, they’ll uncover the diverse tapestry of female resilience, innovation, and insights that continue to influence our world today. 

decorativeA topic in Flip where students can post their chosen Women’s History Month quote and a brief exploration of the woman behind the words.

Inspirational stories from women in AI 

This Women's History Month, dive into the exciting world of AI with your students. We're thrilled to invite you to AI Conversations: Women Leaders Share Their Stories, a special event hosted by Flip. Join us for an insightful session featuring Becky Keene and Dr. Sabba Quidwai, acclaimed AI and education experts. 

Geared toward middle school, high school, and higher education audiences, this Women’s History Month event promises to be a dynamic exploration of AI's possibilities. Participate in the event to explore questions like: What skills are essential for AI success? How can AI be used for future advancements? 

A graphic of four women grouped together and looking upward next to the event title AI Conversations: Women Leaders Share Their Stories.Join AI Conversations: Women Leaders Share Their Stories, a Flip live event on March 13, 2024.

The presenters will also shed light on the unique challenges women face in the AI sector. You and your students will hear their personal stories of entering the AI world, how they harness AI to transform both personal and professional lives, and what they hope to achieve with AI in the future. 

This Women’s History Month event is more than a lecture; it’s a two-way conversation. You'll have the opportunity to ask the presenters your own questions, gaining insights and advice directly from these inspiring women. Don't miss this chance to connect your classroom with these AI pioneers and ignite your students' passion for pursuing their AI dreams. Register for AI Conversations: Women Leaders Share Their Stories today! 

Exploring women's achievements with Minecraft 

Engaging activities in Minecraft Education can support your Women’s History Month lessons. In Good Trouble: Women's Suffrage, students will embark on a journey to research Victorian Britain and the global history of how women gained the right to vote. By delving into the past, they will enhance their historical and political awareness, and gain a deeper understanding of how challenging societal norms led to significant changes, enabling women to participate in the democratic process. 

Along the way, they will ponder crucial questions about history and politics, exploring the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in the Women's Suffrage movement, the challenges women faced in their quest for voting rights, and the enduring significance of equitable voting rights in modern society. Learners will be able to apply these reflections to their own political contexts and situations. 

Minecraft block version of activist Emmaline Pankhurst on a street in Victorian Britain.
Depiction of activist Emmaline Pankhurst in Minecraft’s Good Trouble: Women’s Suffrage. 

Fostering future changemakers with women's history in 2024 

Women's History Month provides a platform for your students to learn about the past, engage with the present, and dream about the future. Join Microsoft Education in fostering an environment where every student sees the limitless potential they possess, mirrored in the diverse stories of women who have paved the way. By highlighting the contributions and struggles of women throughout history, you can lay the groundwork for a future where equality and diversity are not just aspirations but realities. 

Together, let's inspire our students to become not just learners of history, but active participants in creating a world that values and celebrates the contributions of all individuals.