Celebrate Extraordinary and Ordinary Women Throughout History
From artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video on Susan B. Anthony’s arrest to a timeline on major events in the fight for gender equality, NewseumED is a source for lesson plans and activities that can be used to observe Women’s History Month in March—and all year long. Newseum’s ED Collection includes a searchable timeline featuring more than 200 historical front pages, videos, and photographs. Many entries cover major events in securing rights for women, including Myra Bradwell’s Fight for Employment, the First Female Presidential Candidate, and the 19th Amendment. The collection also includes a media map exploring how the women’s suffrage movement and its critics tried to influence public opinion. Units with standards-aligned lesson plans, activities, and worksheets support historical connections, media literacy, and civics and citizenship. The Unsung Heroes section features articles about women who were pillars of change for women’s rights and voting rights. Their accomplishments have historical significance and continue to influence issues of gender equality today.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.