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East celebrates Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and in celebration, East Senior High School has scheduled a month of activities.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which provided women not only the right to vote but also opened the door for women to own property, to retain their own wages, legal access to their children and the authority to sign contracts.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, excluding March 31, trivia questions about famous women in history will be read on the morning news. Students will have until the start of Block Two to answer the trivia question at a designated location. Candy prizes will be provided.

Tuesdays from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Ted Talks will be shared in the school’s Library Media Center. Talks will feature topics like women in sports, inclusivity and change, leadership, caring for ourselves and others, and gender, power and privilege.

During lunch the week of Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13, students will be invited to write a thank you note to a woman who has made a difference in their lives.

Two movie nights will be held, one Wednesday, March 18 and the second Wednesday, March 25. Refreshments will be offered at both movies.

Movies to be shown include “On the Basis of Sex,” detailing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s journey toward women’s equality, starring Felicity Jones, and “Hidden Figures,” highlighting the women of NASA, sponsored by East’s science club.

Love Your Selfie Day will take place Tuesday, March 31, when students will be encouraged to take and share a no makeup-no filter picture of themselves to highlight their natural beauty. This is a day to celebrate self-acceptance.

Throughout the month, displays outside the cafeterias will showcase women’s suffrage, on loan from the Western New York Library Resources Council, and in the MakerSpace in the Library Media Center, students can create a themed button and help assemble a modern Rosie the Riveter puzzle.