This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

March is Women’s History Month. The National Women's History Project has declared the theme for 2013 to be “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" -- and this year, in addition to honoring women who have made strides in STEM, we get to commemorate a significant anniversary. On March 3, 1913, exactly 100 years ago this week, a group of women marched in Washington, D.C., to demand their right to vote. The parade was one of the first major efforts of the women's suffrage movement to capture national attention, showing the male politicians in Congress that female activists would fight until their voices were heard. Ultimately, they won with the passage of the nineteenth amendment, affirming women's right to vote.

Tonight, let’s talk about the progress we have made toward equality as a society, and the importance of knowing our history.

Questions for discussion:
  • Who are some female role models that you look up to?
  • Why do you think it took as long as it did for women to get the right to vote?
  • What are you doing, in school or as a family, to celebrate Women's History Month?


In her cookbook, The Family Dinner, Laurie David talks about the importance of families making a ritual of sitting down to dinner together, and how family dinners offer a great opportunity for meaningful discussions about the day's news. "Dinner," she says, "is as much about digestible conversation as it is about delicious food."

We couldn't agree more. So HuffPost has joined with Laurie and every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week -- stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.

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  • PAKISTAN-WOMEN-DAY

    Pakistani working women carry placards as they shout slogans during a rally on International World Women's day in Lahore on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day, observed on March 8 every year, highlights the economic, political and social achievements of women. AFP PHOTO/ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

  • RUSSIA-WOMEN-DAY

    Women hold posters reading 'Equal payment for the equal labour !' during a rally in central Moscow to mark the International Women's Day, on March 8, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY SMIRNOV (Photo credit should read ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-POLITICS-CONGRESS-NPC

    Female delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People on Women's Day before a session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 8, 2013. Thousands of delegates from across China met this week to seal a power transfer to new leaders whose first months running the Communist Party have pumped up expectations with a deluge of propaganda. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • PAKISTAN-WOMEN-DAY

    Pakistani working women carry placards as they shout slogans during a rally on International World Women's day in Lahore on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day, observed on March 8 every year, highlights the economic, political and social achievements of women. AFP PHOTO/ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

  • PAKISTAN-WOMEN-DAY

    Pakistani working women carry placards as they shout slogans during a rally on International World Women's day in Lahore on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day, observed on March 8 every year, highlights the economic, political and social achievements of women. AFP PHOTO/ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

  • PAKISTAN-WOMEN-DAY

    Pakistani working women carry placards as they shout slogans during a rally on International World Women's day in Lahore on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day, observed on March 8 every year, highlights the economic, political and social achievements of women. AFP PHOTO/ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Indian women attending a rally listen to speakers talking against sexual abuse and ways to raise their voice against it on International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

  • Indian women react as they watch a play sensitizing women to sexual abuse and ways to raise their voice against it on International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

  • Indian woman laborers work to lay a cable for an electricity company on International Women's Day in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

  • Indian women laborers work to lay a cable for an electricity company on International Women's Day in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

  • Indian martial arts students perform on International Women's Day in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

  • INDIA-DEFENCE-WOMEN

    An Indian female martial arts student perform a self defence manoeuvre during an International Women's Day celebration in Hyderabad on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day is marked on March 8 every year. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDONESIA-ANNIVERSARY-WOMAN-RIGHTS

    Indoensian women march during International Women's Day in Jakarta on March 8, 2013. According to the United Nations, women of all continents can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDONESIA-ANNIVERSARY-WOMAN-RIGHTS

    Indoensian women march during International Women's Day in Jakarta on March 8, 2013. According to the United Nations, women of all continents can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDONESIA-ANNIVERSARY-WOMAN-RIGHTS

    Indoensian women march during International Women's Day in Jakarta on March 8, 2013. According to the United Nations, women of all continents can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDONESIA-ANNIVERSARY-WOMAN-RIGHTS

    Indoensian women march during International Women's Day in Jakarta on March 8, 2013. According to the United Nations, women of all continents can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-WOMEN-DAY

    Women shop at a woman's clothes store in Shanghai with discounts for International Women's Day on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day in China is celebrated with various events including discount shopping for women at malls in cities around China. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-WOMEN-DAY

    Women shop at a clothes store in Shanghai with discounts for International Women's Day on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day in China is celebrated with various events including discount shopping for women at malls in cities around China. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Indian gynecologists and obstetricians share a laugh as they participate in an event organized to create awareness about importance of the girl child, on International Women's Day India in Bangalore, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

  • International Women's Day 2013

    Vince Cable (centre) the Business Secretary with some of the fifty women helping to open the London Stock Exchange for trading, who were there to help celebrate WIE (Women Inspiration and Enterprise), in the City of London.

  • International Women's Day 2013

    Vince Cable (just right of centre) the Business Secretary with some of the fifty women helping to open the London Stock Exchange for trading, who were there to help celebrate WIE (Women Inspiration and Enterprise), in the City of London.

  • Delhi policewomen try to control Bharatiya Janata Party women activists protesting outside the venue of an event presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixshit to mark International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. The activists were protesting against rising violence against women and quick trial of accused in relating crimes. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

  • Women activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans outside the venue of an event presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixshit to mark International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. The activists were protesting against rising violence against women and quick trial of accused in relating crimes. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

  • Women activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans outside the venue of an event presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixshit to mark International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. The activists were protesting against rising violence against women and quick trial of accused in relating crimes. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

  • Young Indian girls try to balance an oil lamp on their foreheads on International Women's Day celebrations organized in a college in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • An Indian woman performs Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastics on a rope on International Women's Day celebrations organized in a college in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • Filipino protesters shout slogans as they prepare to march to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday Mar.8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Indian women laugh as they watch police coming down hard on an eve teaser as they watch a play sensitizing women to sexual abuse and ways to raise their voice against it on occasion of International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

  • An Indian artist gives final touches to a painting on street walls on International Women's Day in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

  • An Indian woman performs Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastics on a rope on International Women's Day celebrations organized in a college in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • Young Indian men and women reflect the attitude of the society of closing their eyes to sexual abuse against women as they stage a street play against sexual abuse of women and ways to raise voice against it on International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

  • Filipino protesters clash with police as the former try to march closer to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday March 8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino protesters shout slogans as they prepare to march to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday Mar.8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino protesters clash with police as the former try to march closer to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday March 8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino protesters clash with police as the former try to march closer to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday March 8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino protesters clash with police as the former try to march closer to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday March 8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino protesters clash with police as the former try to march closer to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday March 8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Indian women holds placards and shouts slogans during a demonstration to mark International Women's Day in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. Placard on left reads, “Exemplary punishment to rapists”. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

  • Filipino protesters shout slogans as they prepare to march to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday Mar.8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • A woman carries a child past a banner during a drumming session in downtown Johannesburg, Friday, March 8, 2013 to protest against violence against women and children. As the world marks International Women's Day, South Africans are locked in public soul-searching over the high level of murders and rapes perpetrated against women. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • Women activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans outside the venue of an event presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixshit to mark International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. The activists were protesting against rising violence against women and quick trial of accused in relating crimes. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

  • Women take part in a drumming session in downtown Johannesburg, Friday, March 8, 2013 to protest against violence against women and children. As the world marks International Women's Day, South Africans are locked in public soul-searching over the high level of murders and rapes perpetrated against women. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • INDONESIA-ANNIVERSARY-WOMAN-RIGHTS

    An Indonesian woman wearing a pig nose attends a march during International Women's Day in Jakarta on March 8, 2013. According to the United Nations, women of all continents can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDIA-LABOUR-WOMEN

    Indian female labours carry mud at a construction site in Amritsar on March 8, 2013, on International Women's Day. Women have always faced higher unemployment rates than men, and the sluggish global economy in recent years has only made the situation worse, the International Labour Organisation said in December 2012. International Women's Day is marked on March 8 every year. AFP PHOTO /NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VIETNAM-WOMEN-DAY-FLOWERS

    Men chose flowers for their loved ones as Vietnamese celebrate the International Women's Day in Hanoi on March 8, 2013. The day is a good business opportunity for florists with a sharp rise of flowers's prices, especially for roses. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VIETNAM-WOMEN-DAY-FLOWERS

    Men stop to buy roses at a street corner as Vietnamese celebrate the International Women's Day in Hanoi on March 8, 2013. The day is a good business opportunity for florists with a sharp rise of flowers's prices, especially for roses. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • VIETNAM-WOMEN-DAY-FLOWERS

    Men stop to buy roses at a street corner as Vietnamese celebrate the International Women's Day in Hanoi on March 8, 2013. The day is a good business opportunity for florists with a sharp rise of flowers's prices, especially for roses. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-WOMEN-DAY

    Woman do manual labour in a garden outside an office block on International Women's Day in Shanghai on March 8, 2013. International Women's Day in China is celebrated with various events including discount shopping for women who can afford it but many do manual labour for a small wage away from homes and families. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)