Women’s History Month 2010 Roundup

March 17, 2010, 7:24 am

A female ranger in the 1970s. Credit: NPS.In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve developed a list of pertinent places, events and news articles related to women in the National Park System to help you experience women’s history first-hand.

Use this list to help plan a visit to a park near you, or take a virtual adventure, and learn about women in the parks without ever leaving home.

Events Celebrating Women’s History
Check out our list of events at national parks across the country, or use the NPS search tool to find another event near you.

Top Ten Parks that Honor Women
Parks on our list run the gamut from Rosie the Riveter to Eleanor Roosevelt and cover nearly 100 years of the role of women in American history.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, "Mother of the Everglades"
Read about Douglas, who played a key role in preserving the Everglades. She was an environmentalist, activist, feminist and independent thinker and is perhaps most known for her best-selling book, The Everglades: River of Grass.

Mary Colter: The Visionary Behind the Grand Canyon’s Landmark Architecture
Learn more about Colter, who was the Chief Architect and Decorator for the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railroad at the Grand Canyon National Park. Her creations, designed to blend and mesh with the landscape, helped define the way future buildings would be constructed in our national parks.

America’s Oldest Ranger
Read more about the life and experiences of, Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest active National Park Service ranger in the country. She currently works at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in California.

The Indispensable Role of Women at Jamestown
Women played a key role in the success of the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Learn about the things they helped accomplish, including a peace treaty with local Native Americans.

Women and the National Park Service
A new piece co-written by two female rangers examines the ever-evolving role of women in the National Park Service. Travel back in time with them to learn about the first ranger uniforms for women and how the responsibilities of women have grown over time.

Become a Girl Scout Ranger
Girl Scouts are invited to participate in projects at parks across the country to learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources and to explore natural and cultural resources, environmental science and conservation careers. Learn what Girl Scout Rangers do and how to earn a Girl Scout Ranger certificate or patch.

Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, Champion of Joshua Tree National Park
Read the story of Minerva Hamilton Hoyt’s tireless efforts on behalf of California desert protection. He efforts were an important factor in the creation of Joshua Tree National Park.

Want more? Check out the NPS website dedicated entirely to Women’s History for even more stories and insider tips. The National Register of Historic Places also maintains a list of sites that are significant to women’s history.