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Women's History

Classroom Resources

  • Blue Flag"Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920

    The Library of Congress has extensive and varied resources related to the campaign for woman suffrage in the United States; including, portraits, photographs of parades, picketing suffragists, and demonstrating anti-suffragists.

  • Founding DocumentsVideo: "Diamonds Are a Girls' Best Friend"

    This video is of a Keynote presentation by the distinguished historian Linda Kerber. Dr. Kerber discusses gender and citizenship and how these ideas changed during and after the American Revolution.

  • Founding DocumentsVideo: "Revolutionary Backlash"

    This video is of a Keynote presentation by George Mason University historian Rosemarie Zagarri. Dr. Zagarri discusses citizenship and women's political roles in the time following the American Revolution.

  • Blue FlagVotes for Women

    This site consists of 167 books, pamphlets, handbooks, reports, speeches, and other artifacts totaling some 10,000 pages dealing with the suffrage movement in America. Carrie Chapman Catt, the Association’s longtime president, donated much of the larger collection.

  • bookAfrican American Women

    Writings of three African American women of the 19th century are offered in this site. The documents offer insight into the lives of women living under slavery and during its aftermath in the South.

  • bookCivil War Women

    These documents relate to three American women of diverse backgrounds and political persuasions. Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a Confederate spy and Washington socialite; Sarah E. Thompson, who organized Union sympathizers near her home in Greenville, Tennessee; and 16-year-old Alice Williamson, a Gallatin, Tennessee, schoolgirl who kept a diary about the Union occupation of her town.

  • StarGifts of Speech

    Users can access women’s rhetoric in the public realm from 1848 to the present is through this archive of over four hundred speeches by “influential, contemporary women,” including prominent female politicians and scientists, as well as popular culture figures.

  • StarNational Women's History Project

    The National Women’s History Project, founded in 1980, is a non-profit educational organization committed to recognizing and celebrating the diverse and significant historical accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.

  •  Blue FlagDiscovering 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. Based out of Middle Tennessee State University. 



Lessons & Activities

  • Founding DocumentsWomen in World History

    This Center for History and New Media site provides an "online curriculum resource center to help high-school and college world history teachers and their students locate, analyze, and learn from primary sources dealing with women and gender in world history."

  •  Blue Flag Teaching With Documents: Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

    A Teaching With Documents page from the National Archives and Records Administration providing a lesson plan and activities for teaching the Women Suffrage Movement with primary sources.

  •  Blue FlagWomen's History Teaching Resources   

    From the Smithsonian Education office, this site includes a multitude of teaching resources on the experience of women in the United States. Each year, the website unveils materials adapted from various exhibits at the Smithsonian museums.

  •  Blue Flag Teaching With Historic Places: Women's History     

    National Park Service interpreters, preservation professionals, and educators have created lessons that are free and ready for immediate classroom use. These lessons are based on significant women and the historic places they lived or worked in throught America..

  • StarDoHistory

    This website guides users using primary sources and historical thinking skills to learn more about the lives of everyday people. The site focuses on the diary of a Martha Ballard--a New England midwife who kept increasingly detailed entries from January 1, 1785 to May 12, 1812. This is an excellent site for learning about women at the turn of the nineteenth century as well as for practicing historical thinking skills.

  • StarWomen’s History: The 1850 Worcester Convention

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First National Women’s Rights Convention, held in 1850 in Worcester, MA, this site provides an archive of documents relating to the convention, including 8 speeches, 15 newspaper accounts, 14 letters, and selected items from the proceedings. The site also has a teaching section with lesson plans and activity ideas.