Archive for July, 2009

Women Making Trouble

July 30th, 2009

Recently in the news was the strong criticism by two experts on the Texas Board of Education to review Texas social studies curriculum standards…

In the criticism expressed by two of these consultants, they specifically mentioned Anne Hutchinson as overrated. Peter Marshall, an evangelical minister who also advocated for stronger emphasis on the role of Christianity in U.S. history, dismissed Hutchinson, saying “She was certainly not a significant colonial leader, and didn’t accomplish anything except getting herself exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for making trouble.” Read the rest of this entry »

New Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2009

Attention all educators! The National Women’s History Museum has debuted three new lesson plans that are tailored for the Museum’s CyberExhibits. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth of July

July 1st, 2009

As you celebrate the Fourth of July this year, take a moment to remember some of the amazing women involved in the Revolution. Did you know that several women served as spies during the war? Anna “Nancy” Smith Strong was a member of the Culper Spy Ring and used laundry on her clothesline to send messages to other spies. Lydia Darragh gathered coded British reports and was able to warn George Washington about a surprise attack. Nancy Morgan Hart actually captured British officers and Torie loyalists and helped defend a fort from attack by the British and Native Americans.

To read more about these and other amazing women, read the American Revolution section of Clandestine Women.