Activities & Lessons
Each year, we celebrate the achievements of women during Women's History Month in March to honor their contributions to society and examine the remarkable impacts they have had throughout history. This year is extra special because it also marks the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote due in part to the efforts launched by memorable figures such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the early 20th century.
Whether you want to explore women in history such as Rosa Parks or Eleanor Roosevelt, or more modern examples such as Oprah Winfrey or Jane Goodall, decorating your classroom to showcase those who left a footprint on the world can be a good starting point. For inspiration, check out the Women's History Month bulletin board ideas below, created by teachers nationwide and gathered on social media.
This school uses photographs, inspirational quotes, and biographical descriptions to shed light on important female figures in history. Books and informational flyers are also available for students—a valuable supplement!
Loving the Women's History Month display presented as you walk through the doors to the K-12 Curriculum Department. #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/A4dRwkNlc8— 𝕂𝕖𝕚𝕤𝕙𝕒 𝕁𝕠𝕙𝕟𝕤𝕠𝕟 (@KJohnson3DE) March 6, 2017
Showcasing women past and present—from Maya Angelou to Ellen DeGeneres—can demonstrate to students how persistence has resulted in valuable change, even as society has evolved over time.
Inspirational Bulletin Board for Women’s History Month! pic.twitter.com/rR3FYMp0wb— EnniskillenPS (@EnniskillenPS) October 1, 2019
If you teach a certain subject, you may want to highlight those women who made important contributions to that specific field. Below, check out this colorful bulletin board specifically exploring women in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM.
One of the amazing bulletin boards designed by @GGunstonms. This one is in celebration and recognition of Women’s History Month. I’m especially excited to see #GladysWest a SHE-ro from my hometown of #KingGeorge @APSGunston @GuMS_Principal @CarlWmSeward pic.twitter.com/cJMOS2Dzcg— Shana Curtis, Ed.S. (@EdLeaderShana) March 26, 2019
A collage or collection of photos can capture your students' attention. How many of these significant women in history can your students identify?
Since March is Women's History Month and today is #InternationalWomensDay here's a bulletin board I made full of powerful women. pic.twitter.com/FAwG6rzLqg— Autumn Murphy (@autumnmurphy17) March 9, 2017
Purple represents justice and dignity for women, so consider incorporating this color—along with green and white—into your classroom display.
AASU’s Women’s HERstory Month bulletin board! #WomensHistoryMonth #history #teacherslife #aasu @MAMSHighlights pic.twitter.com/9N0xkowX4v— Brianna Scatorchia (@Ms_B_Scatorchia) March 1, 2019
This teacher got pretty tech-savvy by requiring viewers to scan QR codes to read more about each featured woman in history, along with having them dive into their accomplishments by completing a Women's History Month scavenger hunt.
Want to learn more about some inspiring women? Check out our interactive bulletin board for Women’s History Month! Grab a scavenger hunt page, scan the QR codes, and bring your answers to Ms. Allen or Ms. B for a prize! @TuckahoeSchool @APSLibrarians @APSThinkers pic.twitter.com/i9655V6YWO— TuckahoeLibrary (@TuckahoeLibrary) March 13, 2019
Here's another good example of keeping a bulletin board discipline-focused. It showcases women in history whom your students probably know little to nothing about!
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. #STEM bulletin board for March. #girlpower 🤗 pic.twitter.com/9rFJ3j20Ib— Educ8r (@Educ8rTX) March 6, 2019
This bulletin board has it all: quotes from significant women in history, QR codes to learn more about their achievements, photographs, and even student work!
Mrs. Bishop's 4th gr. class created an interactive bulletin board using #scannabletech to share the stories of women who have positively impacted and transformed our society. #history #literacy #WomensHistoryMonth @CASCougars pic.twitter.com/9v9rtMsU5q— Dr. Samantha L. Dias (@DrSLDias) March 22, 2018
For more ways to celebrate Women's History Month, check out:
- 6 Women's History Month Activities for Students
- Where Are the Women? Finding Stories in History Beyond State Standards
- They Persisted: Celebrate Women Authors of the 19th Century
Find more lesson plans and classroom resources on Shaped.