Celebrate Women’s History Month in Des Moines
Women’s History Month is celebrated in the month of March. So many women have played a huge role in American history. There are several ways you and your family can celebrate the contributions of women over the years. Here is a list of fun ways to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month in Des Moines, Iowa.
FemCity Des Moines
If you are a woman in business whether that is owning a business or supporting women in business, check out FemCity Des Moines! On the first Friday of every month, FemCity Des Moines hosts a coffee connection for women to come together, connect and uplift each other. FemCity is a community dedicated to arming you with everything you need to grow and live a happy life. Learn more.
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
If you are located in Greater Iowa cookie sales are happening NOW through March 27th. Support the youngest entrepreneur in your life by purchasing Girl Scout cookies. The Girl Scout cookie program allows young girls to discover their strengths, build self-confidence, learn the importance of money, and more. Looking for another way to get involved? Sign your young girl up for Girl Scouts or volunteer for this amazing organization building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
History Alive: Votes for Women
The State Historical Society of Iowa offers a digital education package to teach the history of women’s suffrage in Iowa and the United States. The History Alive digital package includes a variety of educational materials and activities, including live, recorded programs and primary sources only available through the State Historical Society of Iowa. The activities are flexible for in-person, virtual, or hybrid instruction.
Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame
Not enough people are aware of the extent of women’s contributions to society, whether past or present. To highlight women’s heritage and recognize their contributions, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW) established the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 1975. Each year the ICSW and the Governor welcome four women into the Hall of Fame, paying tribute to them and setting them forth as role models for others. Spend some time learning about women who have contributed to Iowa’s history.
Plaza of Heroines at the Iowa State University
The Plaza of Heroines is a mosaic of bricks and granite pavers that forms the entryway to Carrie Chapman Catt Hall on Iowa State’s central campus. The center of the plaza features a large granite paving stone honoring Carrie Chapman Catt, a distinguished alumna of Iowa State’s class of 1880, leader of the U.S. women’s suffrage movement, crusader for international peace, and an advocate for the expansion of women’s rights throughout the world. Surrounding that stone are smaller granite pavers and bricks that honor more than 3,900 women who have made an impact on individuals, families, communities, and society.
Read Books Focusing on Women in History and Women Entrepreneurs
- In the Company of Women
- Mae Among the Stars
- Women in Science
- Little Feminist Board Book Set
- Rebel Girls Lead
Walk across the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge
Located in Downtown Des Moines is the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge. This bridge links the east and west sides of Des Moines at the northern edge of the Principal Riverwalk loop. The bridge features two separate pathways – one for walkers or joggers and one for bicyclists. The bridge is lit by colorful lights that reflect onto the water and truly make it a beautiful site to see in Des Moines. Take a walk across the bridge and think about a woman in history who has made an impact on your life.
Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt
March 6-11 at the Forest Avenue Library
March 6-18 at the South Side Library
Search for pictures of famous historical women in the children’s area. Learn about their contributions to history and take home a prize for finding them all!