It’s hard to believe that Women’s History Month is already half over! With only 12 days left to go, we’d like to share a few facts we learned this March during the #SheDocs Online Film Festival from Women and Girls Lead. The festival has been streaming 10 free films online throughout the month to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day and will culminate with an Audience Award winner…chosen by you!
Here is what we learned!
1. Patsy Mink was the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress. (Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority)
2. The Wampanoag tribe were the first to meet the Pilgrims when they arrived. (We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân)
3. At 17, Cheryl Haworth was the youngest American athlete to win a medal at the 2000 Olympic games. (STRONG!)
4. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan turned 60 years old this year. (MAKERS: Women Who Make America)
5. If a girl is literate, she is less likely to be married off as a child. (I Was Worth 50 Sheep)
6. Thousands of people filled the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 to hear opera singer Marian Anderson sing after she was denied entrance to Constitution Hall. (When I Rise)
7. A baby girl born in Cambodia is more likely to be malnourished than go to high school. (Welcome to the World)
8. There are enough weapons in the world to arm 1 in 8 people. (Women War & Peace)
9. Of the world’s 875 million illiterate adults, two-thirds are women. (Solar Mamas)
10. Under Algeria’s Family Code, daughters are entitled to only half as much family inheritance as sons. (Chahinaz: What Rights for Women?)
Watch all the films online until March 31st at http://www.itvs.org/women-and-girls-lead/shedocs and don’t forget to vote!