We womenablers all know that the 8th of March is International Women’s Day, when many nations around the world celebrate the unique roles and achievements of women in society. Many countries extend their recognition of women’s accomplishments to the entire month of March. (Other nations celebrate women in other months more appropriate to their history, like Canada in October and South Africa in August.)
To learn more about all of the events happening around the world on International Women’s Day, visit internationalwomensday.com.
One thing we’d suggest doing during this month of celebration and focus on women’s issues is to visit a museum – with your colleagues, friends, or family (especially youngsters). There are many museums around the world that focus exclusively on one famous woman (like the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum in Delhi), a group of women (like the National Cowgirl Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas), or women in general. Here are a few of them:
- The International Museum of Women, an online museum “exhibiting social change.” Of special interest, a current exhibit entitled “Economica,” about women’s economic empowerment.
- Six physical museums in the United States focused on women in various professions.
- A listing of a number of women-focused museums and collections in Europe can be found here – including the Frauenmuseum in Austria and the Zensk Infoteka in Croatia. Also of interest – a national Women’s Museum in Denmark.
- The Hanoi Women’s Museum and the Nam Bo Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- A brand new women’s museum in Gambia.
So celebrate Women’s History Month by heading off to a women’s museum near you. Here’s hoping that you learn something new, and can share the experience with others.