Girl Power: Learning About The Women’s Rights Movement

by Sandra Foyt on March 6, 2010. Updated July 12, 2012

in Arts and Culture

girls On Thursday, I took my daughter to Half the Sky Live, a live movie event inspired by the best-selling book that features stories of women who are overcoming oppression.

It was an inspiring program, not least because it was introduced by a Girl Scout Ambassador, a senior in high school, who told my daughter that speaking up for women’s rights through the I Am Powerful CARE initiative is something that she can do too.

It also got me to thinking about ways to share Women’s Rights with my kids on International Women’s Day.

1. Women Who Rocked The Vote

Check out the new installation at the New York State Museum that features artifacts and images from the Women’s Suffrage movement of the early 20th century.  Warning: if you blink, you might miss it.  The entire exhibit consists of a wagon and flag, with signs explaining their significance.

2. Day Trip To Women’s Rights National Park

At 3 hours each way, it’s a long drive to Seneca Falls, NY, but  I’m told that it’s well worth the effort to visit the site of the Seneca Falls Convention which has been described as the “revolutionary beginning to the struggle by women for complete equality with men.”

Guided tours of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s House resume this week, but some of the area tours will be closed until May.  I’d recommend waiting until June to fully explore this area.  (That’s my plan!)

3. Attend A Girl Scout Program

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout, or adult volunteer, to attend a Girl Scout program. Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY hosts a variety of programs throughout the year that are open to girls who are not Girl Scouts.

4. Women’s Voices

Rensselaer County Historical Society –  57 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-3928, (518) 272-7232. In addition to museum exhibits, the Rensselaer County Historical Society offers several Women’s History programs. Call or visit the website to find out more.

5. Discover Girl Power Virtually

Your turn: What did I miss?

| Sandra Foyt inspires lifelong-learners to travel the world. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast NY with two teens, an outdoorsy husband, and a well-indulged Chocolate Lab. Sandra contributes to Being Latino, and her portfolio appears at www.SandraFoyt.com. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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