Women in History: Writing Women Back into History

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Did you know that not only is March Women’s History Month, but every year there is a different theme? The 2016 theme is “writing women back into history.” The theme aims to honor “women whNational Women's History Projecto have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership.” To learn more about Women’s History Month, this year’s theme, and about amazing women like civil rights organizer Daisy Bates and women’s right activist Bernice Sandler, check out the National Women’s History Project.

While visiting the National Women’s History Project, take the Black Women’s History Challenge. How many will you get right?

As it so happens, we Mocha Girls read about a few inspirational women in February’s book of the month, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. While Hetty “Handful” Grimke was a completely fictional character, Sarah and Angelina were based on real life sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke. Raised on a South Carolina plantation, the sisters grew up to be abolitionists and early advocates of women’s rights. To learn more the real people that inspired Kidd’s novel, see the National Women’s History Museum online exhibit Young and Brave: Girls Changing History.

Other online exhibits at the National Women’s History Museum include:

Of couTitle: A Ballerina's Talerse, women continue to make history as we live and breathe. For example, in 2015 Misty Copeland became the first African-American principal dance at the American Ballet Theatre.  Her story is told in the film A Ballerina’s Tale. Also check out her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.
Title: Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Author: Misty Copeland

 

 

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Mocha Girl Tiffani

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I grew up in northern California. Since then I have lived in Boston, New York, London, and Los Angeles. Wherever I go, I am sure to bring a book for with a book I can travel anywhere in time and space. As an avid reader with eclectic tastes, I'll give just about any genre a try. Whether it is a mystery, fantasy, science fiction, romance, literary fiction, or nonfiction - bring it on. My favorite read is anything with a good story, well drawn characters, a compelling plot, or well crafted sentences – bonus if a book contains all of the above. I joined Mocha Girls I wanted to meet other African-American woman who enjoyed books and reading as much as I do. In Mocha Girl I found an amazing group of women who understand the power of a great story.
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