Women Working Together Paper Chain
Ages 6 and up


Happy International Women’s Day! On March 8th we join with communities all over the world to recognize the accomplishments of women. This art project is a great way to highlight some influential women, and can be a fun excuse to learn about new female role models. The symbolism of women holding hands shows how women can help lift each other up. 


Here are some women we are learning about at the Museum: 

  • We went back in time and got our friend Susan B. Anthony to make a special recording just for the museum! Check out it out on our Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum Facebook page!
  • Mae Jamison is a first African-American, female Astronaut. She went to space in 1992
  • Ada Lovelace was the first computer scientist! Her analytical machine used patterns in a way that foreshadowed programming today. 
  • Did you know Mozart had a talented sister? Maria Anna Mozart was also a childhood musical prodigy
  • Seraph Young was a Utah Teach and the first American Woman to vote under equal suffrage Laws 
  • Sacagewea helped Lewis and Clark survey the Louisiana Purchase, while also caring for her toddler. 
  • Phyllis Wheatley was an enslaved woman and a famous poet of the American Revolution, inspiring people in America and Europe. She wrote her first poem at the age of 14, and published a book of poetry at the age of 20. 
  • Famous Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo is well-known for her personal sense of style, her independent spirt and her beautiful artwork. 
  • Abigail Adams was a famous letter writer and an advocate for the abolition of slavery and women’s rights
  • Ching-Shi is the most successful pirate in history. She ruled the high seas in the 19th century
  • Hatshepsut was the first female pharaoh



  • Pre-cut paper chain
  • Coloring supplies 



  1. Make a paper chain. Start by folding a strip of paper like a fan
  2. Draw a person on the top square of the folded paper
  3. Cut the person out, being very careful not to cut along the ends of the limbs(so the folds are preserved)
  4. Unfold the paper-look at the chain of people! 
  5. Pick some of the famous women from the list above(or women that you admire) and color them on the figures in the paper chain


More Fun

Make sure to check out our newest exhibit Intriguing India on the third floor! Local artist Durga Ekambaram showcases India as a vast and beautiful country.