Betty pendant

Did you know that March is Women's History Month? It started back in 1987; before that there was just a day to celebrate the contribution women made to history, then a week. You can read a little history (or HERstory if you want to get technical) on the National Women's History Project website.

I was in an all-girls high school in 1987 when Women's History Month started. I don't remember hearing anything about it. Then again, I went to a private Catholic school - they're not exactly known for celebrating women. After high school I went to an art college just for women, and what a difference! Every day was about women. I learned about female artists, saw working female artists and lived among incredibly talented female artists every single day. What a wonderful way to spend four years.

Last year I started writing about the bird pendants I make. I named each one after a woman who made a significant contribution to feminism in the US. In honor of Women's History Month, I'm starting that up again! (You can read the previous posts about Abigail Adams, Alice Paul, Amelia Bloomer and Bella Abzug.)
Betty Friedan is best known for being the author of The Feminine Mystique (credited with starting the second wave of feminism) and co-founder of the National Organization for Women. Some of her other contributions include: organized the national Women's Strike for Equality, founded The National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, founded (along with many other women) The National Women's Political Caucus.

"She is credited for starting the contemporary feminist movement and writing one of the most powerful works in America (from Wikipedia)."

 {The Betty pendant can be found here for $15.}

What are you doing to celebrate Women's History Month? Does your child's school do anything special?

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