This year is the Year of the Woman, and March is Women’s History Month, so Tuesday morning, March 21, was a perfect time for Miller-Driscoll Elementary School to hold its annual Women in History Day. Organized by the M-D PTA, more than 40 volunteers bring important women of the past and present to life, visiting classrooms to tell their stories and accomplishments. It’s a lesson that uniquely sticks with Wilton’s youngest learners, as it has for the over 20 years the program has been held.
A few of the famous women who visited were the Susan B. Anthony, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Annie Oakley, Jane Goodall, Billy Jean King and Malala Yousafzai. There was also Freida Kahlo, Sally Ride, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Mia Hamm, Bobbi Gibb, Georgia O’Keefe, and more. Dressed as the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Wilton Library children’s librarian Lesley Keough took part for what might have been her 17th year volunteering.
Many of the volunteers bring a book about their “(s)hero” with them into class, to encourage the students to visit the library to find books about the women they meet.