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Women's History Inspires Next Generation

Students Zoe Morris and Lili Dean participated in Greenwich Academy's annual famous women wax museum in honor of Women's History Month .

"It was exciting to be Helen Keller," said Dean. "I worked with Zoe Morris, who was Anne Sullivan. We had Braille books and scenery that was painted to look like a classroom. It was great!"

Every March, Group IV girls present an interactive wax museum of famous women and focus on their accomplishments throughout history. Students picked such famous women as Martha Washington, Betsy Ross, Coretta Scott King and Amelia Earhart. They also portrayed athletes, politicians, artists and astronauts, according to Communications Director Mary Lou Evans.

The celebration of Women's History Month grew from a weeklong event held in 1978 in Sonoma, Calif. President Carter declared the week of March 8 as National Women's History Week in 1980. Six years later, Congress expanded the celebration to the entire month of March.

In preparation for the wax museum, students wrote essays about the women they were portraying and designed their costumes and scenery. Parents and students were then invited to pass through the exhibit and admire the students' work.

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