Mar 15, 2021 2021-03-15
International Women’s Day has been commemorated across the world on March 8 since 1911, and every United States President has marked March as Women’s History Month since 1995. Although the right to vote is a common topic of study in classrooms when students examine women’s history, many more issues, perspectives, and accomplishments require investigation across history, literature, and the arts to more fully appreciate and understand what women’s history in the United States encompasses. On the next page, you’ll find five sources for free lessons and other resources for diving deeply into women’s triumphs in every arena.
Biography.com presents seven women who broke barriers in science but who were, until recently, not acknowledged widely for their achievements. Students can compare these barrier breakers to the women recognized with the Nobel Prize.
A partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities, EDSITEment offers a free teacher’s guide with compelling questions, lesson activities, resources for teaching about the intersection of place and history, and multimedia resources to integrate women’s perspectives and experiences throughout the school year.
Fordham University’s “Internet Women’s History Sourcebook” takes an in-depth look at the condition of women throughout history and across global civilizations. What was the structure of women’s lives in ancient Greece or Rome? What kind of agency did they wield, and what forms of oppression beset them? This sourcebook presents online documents and secondary discussions that reflect various ways of looking at the history of women within broadly defined historical periods and areas.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts provides free resources to support teaching about women artists, including a complete, bilingual curriculum, “Art, Books, and Creativity,” and preK–12 educator guides. Visitors to the site can also explore the museum’s extensive online exhibits.
The Smithsonian Learning Lab presents 70 collections of digitized objects related to women’s history, adding a rich context to the written word. The Learning Lab is a free, interactive platform that allows educators and other users to find digital resources and create content with online tools.