We have done the We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History workshop with women’s organizations, conference attendees, churches, lifelong learning institutes, and community colleges. Tomorrow, we are doing our first workshop with high school students. We have added a ‘Call to Action’ handout in their packet. We are very excited and have begun receiving grants to continue this work with high school students. Will it make a difference?
This is the question: can participating in this experiential learning event change someone’s attitude? Can it put them on a path towards compassion and cooperation? Can seeing 450 years of women’s history help them connect the dots so that they become part of the change and care about the oppressed and not stay as part of the problem?
Since the 2016 election, many people are worried. They wonder what they can do. I believe that bringing these concepts to high school students — about Gandhi’s seven social sins, about the impact the patriarchy has had on us, and that there are other ways for societies to be — we will have a more informed electorate in 4 years. This is our work.