For the first time in it’s history, the United States may elect its first female President. For some this is historic but for other’s – not so much.
The concept of powerful female leaders is not uncommon in the world. The Prime Minister of Germany, Angela Merkel, is a woman and England had a woman Prime Minister over 35 years ago. But, the United States has never had a woman President or even Vice President.
When the news came out that a woman may become the U.S. President, many women thought this was historic but many young women and girls didn’t agree. This was not history making to some because many girls believed that they would see a woman President in their lifetime. So it was kind of like, it’s not historic, it’s just time. There’s something about this that is fantastic! To many girls and young women the idea of a woman in such a high office is not earth shattering. Let us give you a different perspective…
The first woman to rule a country as an elected leader in the modern era was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who was elected as prime minister of the island nation in
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony spent their lives fighting for women’s suffrage (women’s right to vote), but neither lived long enough to see the Amendment granting them the right to vote in 1920.
The first person to make the daring attempt to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel was a woman in 1901. She survived with only a cut on her head.
At the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, the only event open to women was figure skating. Only 15 women participated in these games.
Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, women were not officially allowed to enter the race until 1972.
In 1903, Mary Anderson, an inventor, was granted a patent for the windshield wiper, an invention that is on every automobile today.
Civilization, as we know it, has been around for a little over 6,000 years. Women have been recognized for making significant contributions (if we count the woman going over Niagara Falls in a barrel) or have held leadership positions for less than 2% of that time. So while it is great that some of us take for granted that the U.S. may have its first female President, it is still historic. In fact, less than 100 years ago, women couldn’t even vote for President in the U.S.
Women have made a huge difference (hello!?- windshield wipers) in the short time we have been making history. We owe a lot to all the amazing, trailblazing women who have come before us. But, yes, our contributions are still considered novel and history making. We dream of the time when they’re not. We can only imagine the day when our accomplishments are not started with “The First Female…” We look forward to the day when we don’t refer to women in power as “Female place title here” but just simply Prime Minister or President or Supreme Leader of the Whole Universe. 😀
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Have a Great Night With Your Friends Without Spending Money or Leaving the House!
So, it’s the weekend. You’re sick of video games and all of your babysitting money has dried up. How do you still have a great time hanging out with friends without spending a ton of money? Here are some great ideas for you to share with your friends and you never even have to leave the house!
Dig up some pairs of jeans you haven’t worn in a while and recycle them into something new. Here are some links for some cool projects that you can do tonight!
Gather together all the clothes you never wear and have your friends do the same. Put them all in a big pile, then take turns pulling pieces out and trying them on. You’ll end up with more clothes you could score in a shopping trip, and they’ll all be free!
Pile all of your old magazines together, grab scissors, glue and posterboard and get your creative juices flowing. Make one creation for someone special or find words and pictures that really mean something to you and make one for your locker. Or, dream big and create Vision Boards while thinking about your dreams for the future.
Coloring Night. This may sound like preschool all over again but coloring is very cool again. Have you been in a book or craft store lately? Coloring books are hot!!! There are also tons of places on the Internet that have free coloring pages for you to download and print out. While there are lots of awesome coloring apps for your phone, when you get together with friends, it’s more fun to do it old school with paper and markers. Here’s a link to tons of different coloring pages
Dessert Duel. This is one you will have to check with your parents about but if they’re game, you can have a great time and eat some great treats too.
Pull together some random dessert ingredients like chocolate chips, ice cream, fruit, peanut butter, whip cream, nuts, graham crackers, marshmallows or whatever else sounds good. (Don’t forget the sprinkles!) Also be careful if any of your guests have allergies and keep that food out of the mix.
Lay out all of the ingredients on a table and have everyone make their own creation. Have a contest for who has the best looking dessert and who has the best tasting dessert. You could have prizes or not, the best prize will be eating your own dessert extraordinaire!
Have fun this weekend and let us know if you have any other ideas for how to spend time with friends at home without breaking the bank. Post the pics of your dessert on Instagram #GNDessert or on Facebook
Today is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. “Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. ” Before this day, people thought very little about our environment. In 46 years, a pretty short period of time when you talk abut history, the environment has become a huge topic of conversation. Take a moment today and think about what you can do to help our environment. It could be using a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one or remembering to turn off lights when you leave a room. Even small things add up if we all stand together to make change and love our earth.
Today we are offering a coloring page. You can download and print it (recycled paper please) or use a coloring app like Colorscape and save the paper. Share your finished projects on our Facebook page or Instagram. #GNcoloring
Who doesn’t love a Sugar Skull? It seems like nobody! From cute to creepy, skulls are everywhere: T-shirts, jewelry, cell phone cases and whatever else you can think of. So what’s the story with these skulls? How did they get the name “Sugar”?
Sugar Skulls started in Mexico as the most popular symbol of their National Holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). They are kind of the mascot of Dia de los Muertos. Mexican tradition has it that the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31 to let the spirits out and reunite with their family and friends. The idea behind the tradition is to celebrate the lives of the dead compared to most cultures that are more likely to mourn them.