This Isn't Right: Women Reform Leaders

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The 20th century saw many new possibilities open up to women in America, thanks to many well-known female historical figures — and some women who are not as famous but who are equally accomplished. Learn about the women who contributed to the abolition of slavery, equal rights between the sexes, and industrial reform with an online exhibit from the National Women's History Museum. Using images and information from their research, class members then create a plate for each woman to join the table of historical conversation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Display the exhibit on a Smartboard, with which learners can interact as they are at a real museum
  • Allow learners who don't enjoy artistic projects to write a research report instead, or to create a slideshow presentation
  • Encourage individuals to look up the Judy Chicago exhibition from which the lesson was derived, and to compare 1979 feminist concerns to modern social issues
  • Compare and contrast prominent women in US History with women across the globe
Classroom Considerations

  • Handout includes Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, and Eleanor Roosevelt; because the focus of the lesson is on women who haven't been recognized by history, consider creating a list of women who aren't as famous for their accomplishments
  • If pupils are choosing one historical figure, encourage them to conduct more research beyond the exhibit, which includes many different women but does not provide a wealth of information for each individual person
  • Clicking on items in the panel brings viewers to another page on the museum's website
Pros

  • Connects art, social studies, and research skills
  • Prompts young historians to explore historical figures and events that are not readily available in their textbooks
  • Perfect for a unit during Women's History Month
Cons

  • None