American Association of University Women - AAUW
Whidbey Island


Women in History

In March of each year we celebrate Women's History Month by presenting a program of monologues of famous women to the fifth grade classes of our Whidbey Island elementary schools. Our members prepare a ten-minute talk, in full costume, then in groups of three present the program to the students. A recent selection of famous and accomplished women featured:

Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams and first First Lady to live in the White House and mother of President John Quincy Adams.

Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist and suffragette after whom the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution is named.

Susan Butcher, winner of four Iditarod Races using dog teams from her own kennel in Alaska.

Fay Fuller, first woman to climb Mt Rainer and the climber after whom Fay's Peak, also in the Cascade Range, is named.

Lynn Cox, long distance, cold water swimmer who contributed to improved relations between countries with her swims in the Cook Straits of New Zealand, the English Channel and Bering Sea where she swam from Alaska to Russia.

Rita Peterson playing the role of
Marie Curie

Marie Curie, scientist, first woman to win a Nobel Prize and only woman to win two Nobel Prizes.

Sandra Day O'Connor, Arizona cowgirl who grew up to be the first woman graduate of Stanford Law School and later the first woman Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Ruth Slenczynska child prodigy pianist who played concerts in Europe as a 6 year old, and three concertos to royalty in Japan on her 80th birthday.

The program is very much appreciated by the teachers and generates many probing questions from the students, often resulting in a new classroom subject for research and learning.