Grade Level: Middle School
Description/Purpose: Students will compare a publication from the Women’s Voting Rights Movement to a publication from current-day to gain an understanding of the issues that the suffragists were dealing with during that time, as well as to identify themes that are different and themes that have remained the same for women in the United States.
QUIZ: General Women’s History American women have contributed to and shaped all aspects of American culture. See how many of the following 40 questions your students can answer about the wonderful women in American history!
This Week in Women’s History
December 2, 1777: Lydia Barrington Darragh, a Philadelphia nurse and midwife, heard plans of the British Army to attack Washington's Army at Whitemarch on December 4 - her report helped the Continental Army ready itself for the attack.
Amelia Jenks Bloomer, temperance reformer, newspaper editor, and suffrage journalist, is noted for her pioneering temperance and woman’s rights newspaper, The Lily (1849), and for wearing a healthful reform dress featuring full pantaloons and a short skirt – giving the "Bloomer" costume its name. Read More…
BELLE BOYD (1844-1900)
Belle Boyd, born on May 9, 1844, is one of the most famous of female spies and has been called the "Cleopatra of the Secession." Her parents, Benjamin Reed Boyd and Mary Rebecca Glenn Boyd, named her "Isabelle," but she shortened her name to "Belle."
SUSAN BROWNELL ANTHONY (1820-1906)
Champion of temperance, abolition and African American rights, the rights of labor, and equal pay for equal work, Susan B. Anthony devoted her life to organizing and leading the woman suffrage movement.
America's great reforming leader and First Lady
"The women of this country ought be enlightened in regard to the laws under which they live, that they may no longer publish their degradation by declaring themselves satisfied with their present position, nor their ignorance, by asserting that they have all the rights they want."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Social reformer and woman suffrage leader
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott
Author of Little Women