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Resources for Teaching about Women's History

posted Mar 28, 2018, 8:06 AM by Kelly Pheneger   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 8:07 AM ]

Source: gives rights to share, download.  "This cartoon shows a woman carrying buckets on a yoke, looking up at ladder ascending up to the sky. The bottom rungs are labeled "Slavery," "House Drudgery," and "Shop Work." Top rungs labeled "Equal Suffrage," "Wage Equity," and "Presidency.""

On March 12, 1987, Congress passed a law designating March as National Women’s History Month. This month provides an opportunity for teachers to highlight women’s accomplishments and contributions to the history of the United States. PBS Learning Media is a great place to start your search for resources on women’s history.

Students can learn about Ada Lovelace, a mathematician whose ideas helped launch the field of computer science or modern-day astronomer Andrea Ghez, who discovered a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. PBS Learning Media also has several collections of resources for Women’s History Month, including profiles of women around the world who are making history, a collection of resources on the Women’s Movement, and a collection of resources on women who served as nurses during the Civil War. Teachers can also find a lesson on Title IX and the Education Amendments of 1972, which, for the first time, gave women and girls equal access to educational opportunities in the United States.

Finally, Women’s HIstory Month is a great time to talk about the Women’s Suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. PBS Learning Media has historical photographs and stories to help bring this time in American history to life.