Boston Women’s Heritage Trail Curriculums
Writing for Change: The Power of Women’s Words Curriculum/
The Boston Women’s Memorial Curriculum
- Teacher’s Guide – Writing for Change: The Power of Women’s Words
- Primary Source and Activity Sheets – Writing for Change: The Power of Women’s Words
Museums and Historic Sites
Teaching with images? Try the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. You can meet some of the women who had roles in the suffrage movement.
The Organization of American Historians hosts the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, and the National Park Service itemizes lesson plans related to teaching women’s history through historic sites through models diversified by race, geography, and time period.
Women’s History Teaching Resources from the Smithsonian categorizes resources on women’s history by race and ethnicity, professions, and events.
A YouTube series, Facts on Congress, includes a one-minute quick quiz on Women in Congress.
A search on the History Channel under video using the search term women yields audio and video files lasting 30 seconds to four minutes. Some are commentary: Maya Angelou tackles gender and race through comments about the Women’s Movement and her memories of Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks. Some are historic footage: a newsclip from 1943 celebrates the first birthday of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, the predecessor of the Women’s Army Corps. This video is both a primary and secondary source—it reveals multiple perspectives on contemporary attitudes toward women. (Brief commercial messages accompany many History Channel videos.)
A search through the P.O.V Blog (Point of View) on PBS provides lists of documentaries. The PBS site includes lesson plans and additional resources.
Also on PBS, the American Experience series offers a film on Woodrow Wilson. A full transcript of the program is available online. The film begins by pointing out that Wilson’s first wife did not have the right to vote for her husband and branches from there into a look at phases of the women’s suffrage movement, obstacles, and the Wilson administration’s stance on women’s suffrage.
Libraries and Archives
American Women’s History: A Research Guide, a resource from the Middle Tennessee State University Library, is an extensive gateway to collections of women’s history resources—print, media, and digitized primary sources—grouped under 75 alphabetized topics ranging from abolitionists to writers to Hispanic Americans, philanthropists, sports, and work.
The Library of Congress window on materials about women’s history, Women’s History Month, leads to a wealth of materials recognizing “the creativity, imagination, and vitality of women throughout U.S. history.” Materials still available from 2008 emphasized the theme Women’s Art, Women’s Vision.
At the Library of Congress, see also “Votes for Women” Suffrage Pictures, 1850–1920.
Pathfinder for Women’s History at the National Archives systematizes the hunt for resources through defined categories of Primary Documents, Monographs and Anthologies, and Reference Works.
For primary source documents, see Teaching With Documents: Woman Suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment on the National Archives site.
The Brookings Institute Suffrage Information
National Women’s History Museum Suffrage links
National Women’s History Project
Women’s Suffrage from History.com
The Women In World History website includes a resource page, Teaching Women’s Rights from Past to Present. Resources include lesson plans, links to primary source documents and analysis, and an emphasis on law and policy demonstrating a formal extension of women’s rights.
Scholastic’s History of Women’s Suffrage
Women In Congress a rich website of the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Capitol, includes historical essays, artifacts, fast facts, and educational resources—including seven lesson plans.
The Library of Congress American Memory Project has a collection entitled the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, 1848-1921. The Library of Congress’ Votes for Women collection also has a photo collection.
Teachers’ blog on how to use the Library of Congress to teach with the sources available.
Women’s History: A Guide to Library and Internet Resources offers bibliographies, biographical sources, videos, indexes and journals, microtext collections and exhibits on the internet and networking with other historians.
War, Women and Opportunity looks at two centuries of American women photographers, newspaper and broadcast reporters, concentrating on early women newspaper reporters and women reporters during wartime.
Women’s History in America takes an historical look at the limited rights and career opportunities of women.
Women Who Have Made History in Massachusetts – There are so many women who have shaped Massachusetts. Download this PDF document with 88 of them from past and present whose work, advocacy, and legacy live on. (Compiled by the Office of Massachusetts Senate President Karen E. Spilka)