Students Celebrate

Women’s History Month

Written by AAUW Christie Walker ____  

Only 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.

Women’s 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 address. 

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 young

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

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