The Women's Movement

Expand/Collapse The Women's Movement


The Women's Movement was a diverse social moment in U.S. history. It sought equal opportunities for women in all aspects of their lives (personal, political, economic, etc.) 

The first wave of the women's feminist movement started in the 19th and early 20th century with leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fighting for legal rights for women such as the ability to vote and own property. The second wave of the women's movement, led by women such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, occurred in the 1960s and 70s and attempted to combat further social and political inequalities.  

This collection includes resources to support teaching both waves of the women's movement. 

  • Civil Rights and the Women's Movement

    Compare and contrast the experiences of African American and white women facing discrimination in the 1950s-1960s. In a culminating activity, students will then research current areas of discrimination and formulate an anti-discrimination campaign.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Title IX and the Education Amendments of 1972

    Learn about the genesis of Title IX and its impact on providing more opportunities for women in athletics and academia.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Discontent and Transformation

    Analyze the reasons many women of the 1950s and early 1960s felt discontent with their position in society and how they experienced difficulty and resistance when they tried to improve themselves.

    Grades: 6-12
  • ERA and Political Backlash

    Students will gain an understanding of the amendment process as prescribed by Article V of the U.S. Constitution and the politically conservative backlash that led to the failure in passing the Equal Rights Amendment.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Women's Suffrage

    Audio clips, sheet music, photographs, letters and maps help students better understand the women's suffrage movement.

    Grades: 6-12
  • You Decide: The Women's Movement?

    In this interactive from a Biography of America, join in a debate on whether the Women's Movement of the 1960s and 1970s contributed to the improvement of the lives of women in the United States.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Women's History

    These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine artifacts which provide clues to how women have been integral in the visual arts, in fighting political causes and on battlefields.

    Grades: 4-13+
  • Why Should Women Vote? The Suffrage Question

    In this activity, students will analyze documents pertaining to the woman suffrage movement as it intensified following passage of the 15th Amendment that guaranteed the right to vote in elections for African American males.

    Grades: 7-13+

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