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Women’s History Month for the Classroom

Lessons, activities, background reading, and more
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Published: 06/19/2020 Last Updated: 01/24/2020

Lessons & Activities

Lesson Plans

Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes
Students in grades 3-8 identify different methods people used to change attitudes about suffrage for women and create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections.

Oral History and Social History
This oral history lesson for grades 5-12 includes a section of primary sources on working women in the 1930s.

Women’s History Month Word Cloudswomen’s History Month Word Clouds (PDF  , 205 KB, 2 pgs.) Students (K-12) create "word clouds" using excerpts of letters and speeches by famous women.

Women and Congress Students (K-12) explore the benefits of increasing women’s congressional representation.

March is National Women's History Month  Students (grades 3-12) explore the accomplishments of women in U.S. history with your class by creating a scrapbook that highlights the accomplishments of famous American women.

In the Shadows, Agents of Change (PDF  , 131 KB, 3 pgs.) Students (grades 6-8, adaptable for 4-5) explore the role played by gender during an era of expanding political rights and personal liberties.

Nineteenth Century Women: Struggle and Triumph Students (grades 6-12) examine journals, letters, narratives and other primary sources and write about women who helped shape the history of the United States.

Actions That Changed The Law The story behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, students (grades 6-12) examine the lawmaking process, consider how Supreme Court decisions can prompt better laws, and learn about the rights and responsibilities they will have as workers.

Women's Equality: Changing Attitudes and Beliefs  Students (9-12) examine attitudes and beliefs for and against the Women's Rights Movement and evaluate the reliability and accuracy of sources used to represent competing perspectives.

Women Writers and Dissent in 20th and 21st Century American Literature
In this unit, students in grade 10 learn of the contributions to literature made by women of various ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reform in the 1930s Students (grades 9-12) explore Eleanor Roosevelt's role during and after the New Deal as well as examine the lives and works of influential women who were part of her political network.

Women's History Month  Lessons and activities.

Sets of Additional Lessons

New York Times’ Lesson of the Day: ‘Kamala Harris Will Make History. So Will Her ‘Big, Blended’ Family.’
In this lesson, students will learn about Kamala Harris and her extended family, and how together they may broaden the nation’s ideas about family dynamics and gender roles. (grades 9-12)

Women with Character, Women Who Inspire
Use this lesson plan from PBS NewsHour to guide students as they identify and write a brief description about an inspiring woman of character in their lives.

Women's History Month  A collection of galleries, lesson plans, documents, and videos for grades 6-12 from PBS's Independent Lens series.

Women's History Lesson Plan for Teachers
Biographies and lessons examining the contributions of women in settling the West, wartime, politics, government, arts, literature, music, sports, sciences, mathematics, and technology.

Women’s History Month - Science NetLinks
K-12 lessons, tools, collections, and other resources that honor the achievements and scientific work of women.

Teaching with Historic Places: Women's History Lesson Plans
Lessons for K-12 students use historic places – such as Clara Barton’s House, a Virginia Plantation and a female aviator’s home in Brooklyn – to explore aspects of women’s history

Background Resources

Students and Educators  Biographies, electronic fieldtrips, resources, downloadable posters from the National Women’s History Museum.

Women in Labor History
Brief biographies of women who contributed to the labor movement. (K-12)

TeachersFirst's Women's History Month Resources 
A collection of 152 resources. (K-12)

Discovering American Women's History Online
This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. 

Women’s History Month Library of Congress
Resources from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Notable Speeches and Addresses by U.S. Women, 1849–present
Full text speeches and links to brief biographies.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Biographies of women in mathematics and other resources

Women in Science
Full and partial text access to written works of several female scientists accompanied by biographies.

Changing the Face of Medicine
Examine women’s contributions to medicine.

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism

'Dolores' Focuses On Life Of Labor And Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta 
Audio and transcript of a discussion of Dolores Huerta and "Dolores," a documentary on her efforts. (6-12)

Click - The Ongoing Feminist Revolution 
Covers politics & social movements, body & health, workplace & family and includes an extensive bibliography. (9-12)

Trailblazing Women 
More than 50 interviews with women in science, business, art, and education. (9-12)

Explore Women’s History Month on Biography.com (6-12)

Explore Women's History Month on History.com (6-12)

Museum Websites

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