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Celebrate Women’s History Month

As March comes marching in, so does Women’s History Month and, on March 8, International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate women, their struggles and accomplishments now and in the past! Educators can help students learn about the holidays as well as the history and stories of some remarkable women with free, multimedia resources for grades Pre-K-12 in PBS LearningMedia. Here are just a few resources to engage your students:

Women in Kentucky
Suggested grades 3-8
From political office to the civil rights and suffrage movements, the women of Kentucky have made their mark on the state, the United States, and the world. This episode of Social Studies Shorts takes a closer look at just a few of the influential women in our state’s history such as Kentucky’s first woman governor Martha Layne Collins and civil rights activist and journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan.

Kentucky Studies
Suggested grades 6-12
Discover the rich culture of Kentucky through the stories of people, places, and events in the Kentucky Studies collection. These short videos and support materials showcase many of the women who made a lasting impact on our state.

Change the World | Sesame Street    
Suggested grades PreK-1 
An upbeat song to remind girls that they can become whatever they want in their lives, even “change the world”! 

Women’s History Month | All About the Holidays  
Suggested grades K-5
This short video explains the origins of Women’s History Month and how many people celebrate it.  

Zora Neale Hurston |  Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
Suggested grades 1-2
Learn about Zora Neale Hurston with this video clip, printable biosketch reader, and support materials. 

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is a PBS KIDS show based on the popular book series, Ordinary People Change the World, by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos. The show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real life historical figures when they were kids.

Mayim Bialik | The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers
Suggested grades 6-12
This video, from the excellent series about contemporary scientists and engineers, features actor Mayim Bialik from Big Bang Theory and Blossom fame, talking about her other career as a neuroscientist, including how she was encouraged to ignore gender stereotypes about women and pursue her newfound love for science.  Also contains educator support materials

We the People: What does Kamala Harris’ election mean to women of color? | PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs 
Suggested grades 6-12
In this video, Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, talked with three young women of color and former Gwen Ifill Fellows about the historic nature of America’s first female vice president. The NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill Fellowship was created to honor the legacy of Gwen Ifill, a trailblazing journalist who co-anchored the NewsHour before her death in 2016. 

Use the video and discussion questions to learn what representation in government and the media means. Includes class discussion questions

Margaret Chung | Unladylike 2020 
Suggested grades 7-12
Learn about the first America-born Chinese female doctor. Includes support materials for educators and students, which include discussion questions, vocabulary, a “Real Heroes” comic book analysis, and research extension tips.

For even more resources to use during these March holidays, visit our curated folder. Have questions or need assistance? Contact your KET Education Consultant! We love helping educators and students!