Women’s History Month
Written by AAUW Christie Walker ____
forty years ago, a woman couldn’t get a credit card in her own name or run in
the Boston Marathon, two
things we take for granted today. But, it wasn’t until 1972, that women were
officially allowed to run in the Boston Marathon, and not until 1974 that laws
were passed allowing a woman to have a credit card in her own name. As recently
as 2012, advances were still being made at the London Olympics where women were
finally allowed to compete in boxing events for the first time. Each of these
changes came about through persistent lobbying for equal rights for women.
History Month highlights many of the
women who led the charge in these areas and other areas in U.S. history.
The Big Bear Valley American
Association of University Women (AAUW) is raising awareness and
promoting Girl Power by sponsoring
and promoting two activities for Big Bear Valley students that tie into the
theme of Women’s History Month.
The first activity is an
Essay Contest for sixth grade students, writing about the theme, How Has a Woman in History Inspired You? Open to Sixth grade boys and girls, the essay
must fit on a single sheet of 8.5 by 11 paper, (type-written preferred) and
include the name of the school, student’s name, teacher’s name, and mailing
Prizes will be awarded
for first, second and third place.
Prizes include a family pack of activities at the Alpine Slide, a family day at the movies, and a family pizza
dinner. Judging will be based on how well students stay on topic, along with
grammar, content, and writing mechanics.
The second opportunity, TechSavvy a day-long science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference, is for girls,
grades sixth through ninth grade. Scheduled for Saturday April 8th,
from 8:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at Pasadena City College, TechSavvy is designed to attract girls to STEM fields and inform
families about STEM education and careers.
Mail Essay Contest submissions to:
Big Bear Valley AAUW – ESSAY
Post Office Box 793
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Although TechSavvy is aimed at creating
student interest in STEM fields for
women, the conference also includes an
important program for parents as well.
This component encourages families to
reinforce their daughter’s interest in
STEM classes and careers. The
cost is $5.00 (five dollars) @ person.
There is no limit on how many people
can attend.To sign/
-up/registar for TechSavvy