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Find even more resources to use with your students on 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


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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
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Title IX and the Education Amendments of 1972


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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
  • Views: 416
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Discontent and Transformation


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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
  • Views: 273
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ERA and Political Backlash


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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
  • Views: 287
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Women's Suffrage


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Women's Suffrage

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

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 688
  • Downloads: 79
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You Decide: The Women's Movement?


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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+
  • Views: 341
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 19
Women's History


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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+
  • Views: 541
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Why Should Women Vote? The Suffrage Question


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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+
  • Views: 518
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A Little Bit of Justice


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A Little Bit of Justice

This segment looks at Susan B. Anthony’s continued struggle to forward the women’s rights movement. Her friend and colleague Anna Howard Shaw was with her when she died on March 13th, 1906.

  • Grades: 6-12
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An Awful Hush


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An Awful Hush

This segment analyzes the last decade of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life. Stanton published “The Woman’s Bible,” making the point that the Bible had been used as a patriarchal document to keep women subjugated.

  • Grades: 6-12
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Black Women’s Rights


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Black Women’s Rights

This segment looks at Susan B. Anthony’s political versus her private convictions. During this time, black women became active in the suffragist movement, but were segregated from the women’s groups.

  • Grades: 6-12
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Wedded to an Idea


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Wedded to an Idea

This segment examines the merger of the women’s movements. Susan B. Anthony organized an international council of women in Washington, D.C. in 1888.

  • Grades: 6-12
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  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 3
Making History


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Making History

This segment explores the progress made in women’s right to vote. In 1881 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony began writing a history of the women’s suffrage movement.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 4
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The Negro’s Hour


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The Negro’s Hour

This segment features correspondence between Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cay Stanton. The 14th amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1868.

  • Grades: 6-12
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Seneca Falls, NY


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Seneca Falls, NY

This segment features the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. Frederick Douglass attended the convention and concurred that women deserved the right to vote.

  • Grades: 6-12
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Mental Hunger


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Mental Hunger

This segment examines the Stanton’s early marriage and life in Boston. In 1848 Stanton began to plan a women’s convention in Seneca Falls.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 2
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A Reformer


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A Reformer

This segment explores Susan B. Anthony’s life as a school teacher and reformer. Her first cause was temperance, the most widespread reform movement of the time.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 1
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I Wish You Were a Boy


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I Wish You Were a Boy

This segment explores Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s early life and education. Stanton was strongly influenced by her uncle who was an abolitionist and proponent of reform.

  • Grades: 6-12
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Revolution


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Revolution

This segment features written correspondence and journal entries from the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, the beginning of a revolution. Biographers comment on the status of women in the 19th century.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 0
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Settling In


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Settling In

This segment explores Susan B. Anthony’s tireless work for the women’s movement. Women now freely attended many colleges and there were a handful of women doctors and clergy and women could own property.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 2
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