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Perceptions & Roles of American Women

Students analyze historical primary sources and then create their own contemporary sources as they investigate and consider how perceptions of women in America and their roles in society have evolved over time. After, students brainstorm ways that citizens can work to achieve greater equality for all.

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For United America, YWCA

Students analyze a poster to investigate audience and creator purpose, then conduct research to learn more about the YWCA in order inform creation of a poster that conveys the advocacy organization’s mission and reaches out to women today.

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The Fight for Women’s Rights

Students investigate the grievances listed in the Declaration of Sentiments presented at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, then research contemporary women in the news to assess the current state of women’s rights.

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A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

Pair the picture book, A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights, with primary sources to have students investigate historical and contemporary depictions of women in the media, especially those running for national office.  

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Concerning the American Girl

Students reflect on women’s rights through an examination of “ideals of womanhood” over time.

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Science & the Suffragettes

Students evaluate historical claims and the evidence to support them and consider their applicability to today.

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Women’s Rights: Seneca Falls & Beyond

Students investigate a key event in the history of women’s rights and the importance of commemorating the struggle for equal rights, then consider possible contributions to help ensure a future with greater equality.

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