Woman's Day Lesson and Activities

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Woman's Day Lesson and Activities

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 is International Women’s Day.  It was initiated in the United States in 1909, when the garment workers organized a protest against their working conditions.  It was first celebrated on March 8 in 1975, when the United Nations recognized it.  It continues to be celebrated on this day throughout the world.  Follow this year’s events with the hashtag #8M or #womensday. This year in the United States the Women’s March on Washington group is calling for March 8 to be “A Day Without Woman” to recognize the enormous impact women have on our communities.  They ask to participate by:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 is International Women’s Day.  It was initiated in the United States in 1909, when the garment workers organized a protest against their working conditions.  It was first celebrated on March 8 in 1975, when the United Nations recognized it.  It continues to be celebrated on this day throughout the world.  Follow this year’s events with the hashtag #8M or #womensday. This year in the United States the Women’s March on Washington group is calling for March 8 to be “A Day Without Woman” to recognize the enormous impact women have on our communities.  They ask to participate by:

  1. Women take the day off from paid and unpaid labor.
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small-, women-, and minority-owned businesses).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity

For more details on their actions see: https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday


In early 2016, Chirimbote teamed up with Books del Sur to publish the series in Spanish and English in the United States.  Books del Sur Books del Sur curates authentic Spanish children’s literature from Latin America. Their goal is to deliver the flavor, color, tradition, sound and culture of Latin America by immersing students in genuine, high quality Spanish books. They included the first three books of the Anti-Princesa Series that feature Frida Kahlo, Violeta Parra, and Juana Azurduy in their Biography Guided Reading Set.  They also sell the individual books and sets in Spanish online. 

To commemorate International Women’s Day they will launch a pre-sale of the English version of Frida Kahlo for Boys and Girls.  The books will ship in April.  They plan to release Anti-Princesas #2: Violeta Parra in English October 4, 2017, to commemorate her 100th birthday.  Anti-Princesa #3: Juana Azurduy will follow in November of 2017.

To commemorate international Women’s Day, Editorial Chirimbote is encouraging their partner publishing houses throughout the world to use the hashtag #Antiprincesas8M and share their celebrations on social media Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  We have also created Anti-Princesa Paper Dolls.  We encourage you to cut out the paper dolls and take a photo of them and post them wherever you are to our Facebook page.  


However, for most of us, our public schools are already under great scrutiny, many feel that taking a day without pay is not an option.  Therefore, we would like to support you and give Third - Eighth Grade teachers a “break” by sharing a lesson plan and reading Frida Kahlo for Girls and Boys in English to your class.

Frida Kahlo will be read aloud in English on YouTube at:

Readings in SPANISH include all of the Anti-Princess published in the United States and can be found on Book's del Sur's Facebook Page.  

Frida Kahlo para ninas y ninos is the first book of the Anti-Princesa series written by Nadia Fink of Argentina.  Fink and her colleagues at Editorial Chirimbote first published Frida Kahlo para ninas y ninos in order to combat the unfair representation of female characters often portrayed in books and movies. She wanted to highlight historically significant Latinas to inspire new generations.  

“We wanted to break with the stereotype that a woman’s beauty is based on what she looks like, and show examples of women who had inner beauty,” Fink told BBC Mundo. “We wanted to show example(s) of women who didn’t sit around waiting for a prince to save them. Instead, they changed their own lives.”  

 We hope you enjoy the books, to purchase them 


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