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Women's History

Dear Amy,

I am a high school student who emailed you about a year ago about starting a Women's Issues Club. I am proud to say that the club is holding strong a year later, with much help from your advice and info. We plan to put on an assembly for the entire school (about 400 kids) regarding Women's History. The problem is, many of us are clueless as to how we can produce an assembly that will have everyone eagerly listening, not falling asleep. We are dealing with a tough crowd here, and just need some direction. Any advice, internet links, ideas etc. that you could help us out with would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your time,
Mira

   

Dear Mira,

Congratulations on the success of your group and I'm sure that if you were able to pull that off, you will have no problem pulling off a successful Women's History Assembly. I have a couple of suggestions:

1. You could bring in a speaker. This "outside" perspective sometimes keeps people more engaged.

2. You could assign different members of your group a different person from women's history - like Sojourner Truth, Eleanor Roosevelt, Madame CJ Walker, Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King - and ask them to come as that person - thereby making the presentation more real.

3. You could write down 400 statistics on pieces of paper - and put them on everyone's seat and begin the assembly by calling on people and asking them to call out the statistics that were waiting on the chair - and ask them what they think of this. This would engage the audience more and make it more interactive.

4. In the introduction to my book, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism & the Future, my co-author and I tried to imagine what the world would look like today had feminism never happened. For instance, women wouldn't be playing on any varsity sports teams, boys wouldn't be nurses, etc..... You could read this section of our book and then ask people to raise their hand if their life would be different without feminism.

How are those for a start? Write back if you need further suggestions - and have fun.

Amy

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