Women's History Month

Women's History Month Astronauts Sally Ride and Kathyrn Sullivan
Photo Credit: NASA
Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources that will help you honor the achievements and scientific work of women. Consider using the following resources in your classroom.
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  • Images of Science

    Images of Science

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson helps students understand the diversity of science, both in terms of the work and the people engaged in the work.
  • Inventors and Innovators

    Inventors and Innovators

    In this lesson, students explore the scientific enterprise and the contributions of diverse people.
  • Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin

    6-8  |  Video
    This is a lesson about being different and thinking differently. It focuses on the work of Temple Grandin, an animal behavior scientist who has autism, a brain condition of unknown cause that people are born with, and that makes them behave differently than other people.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    In this lesson, students explore the issue of ethics in medical research and, in particular, the issue of informed consent, in the context of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells.
  • Exploring Human History

    Exploring Human History

    9-12  |  Website
    In this lesson, students will learn that anthropology is divided into four main subdivisions and anthropologists often work in more than one subdivision at the same time.
  • The Odyssey of KP2

    The Odyssey of KP2

    9-12  |  Video
    This lesson is about the scientist, Terrie M. Williams, and her research with the Hawaiian monk seal, KP2.
  • Splitting the Atom

    Splitting the Atom

    In this lesson students explore the history of the splitting of the atom.


  • Careers in Sports and Exercise Science

    Careers in Sports and Exercise Science

    6-12  |  Website
    This resource, created by Science Careers to coincide with the Athens Olympics in 2004, highlights a variety of careers related to exercise and sports science.
  • The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

    The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

    6-12  |  Video
    From the makers of NOVA, every two weeks, Secret Life premieres another set of videos about a new scientist or engineer, who happens to have a secret.
  • Young Women in Science: Forging New Pathways

    Young Women in Science: Forging New Pathways

    6-12  |  Teaching Aid
    This new booklet, created by Science in partnership with the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation, offers a glimpse into the lives of young female scientists.
  • 4000 Years of Women in Science

    4000 Years of Women in Science

    6-12  |  Website
    This website, created by two women scientists, is an excellent resource for expanding students’ knowledge of the role of women in science.
  • Changing the Face of Medicine

    Changing the Face of Medicine

    K-12  |  Interactive
    This comprehensive, online exhibition from the National Library of Medicine contains a variety of features that can be used to discover the history of women in medicine.
  • XX Files

    XX Files

    6-12  |  Video
    The XX Files takes viewers into the extraordinary worlds of extraordinary women scientists.
  • Books about Women in STEM

    Books about Women in STEM

    K-12  |  Website
    This resource from Science Books & Films features highly recommended books about women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


  • Material Marvels

    Material Marvels

    9-12  |  Video
    Material Marvels is a collection of video podcasts hosted by science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez covering an assortment of fascinating materials.


Other Resources

Celebrating Women Brave and Strong
Grade Band: K-5
Description: This ReadWriteThink podcast discusses three books focusing on women throughout history.

National Women's History Project: Math and Science
Grade Band: K-12
Description: This site offers links highlighting women working across the math and science fields. Clicking on "Women's History Month" at the top of the page will take you to the main page for the celebration to give you additional ideas for marking the month.

Women Who Changed History
Grade Band: 3-8
Description: This Scholastic site provides information on women in a variety of fields, including aviation and space exploration.

March Is National Women's History Month
Grade Band: 3-12
Description: This ReadWriteThink resource discusses ways to celebrate National Women's History Month.

Engineer Girl
Grade Band: 6-8 
Description: This site encourages middle school girls to further explore engineering as a career choice.

Women in Science
Grade Band: 6-12
Description: This site from San Diego Supercomputer Center offers a glimpse into the history of 16 women who helped advance science.