Honoring Trailblazing Women
Women’s History Month is always a special celebration at iCivics. It’s a chance for us to recognize pioneering women like our founder, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Throughout U.S. history, women have played a pivotal, yet often overlooked, role in our constitutional democracy. This month, elevate the contributions of women from our founding mothers to the suffragists to a young woman like Barbara Johns whose activism contributed to the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education.
This month’s resources will help students reflect on the role of women in government and social movements.
Students and the Struggle for School Integration
Use this new video to discuss the history of school desegregation and the role of young people in leading change. Students will learn how Barbara Johns’ efforts in 1951 to organize over 400 students to protest in support of better conditions at their segregated high school in Prince Edward County, Virginia helped lead to desegregation across the country.
Woman Suffrage and
World War I
World War I expanded the role of women in society and also changed how suffragists approached their campaign to gain the right to vote. This interactive DBQuest uses primary sources to help students understand the suffragists’ arguments and tactics, public opinion of the time, and how World War I helped advance the suffrage movement.
Founding Mothers
While no women signed the Declaration of Independence, many women contributed to the development of the U.S. government. In this mini-lesson, students will learn about the role of women in early America including the specific contributions of Margaret Corbin, Mercy Otis Warren, Phillis Wheatley, and Abigail Adams.
Movement & Action: The Women’s Suffrage Movement
In this WebQuest, students learn about four civic tactics that supporters of women's suffrage — including Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul, and Maud Younger — used to move the nation to ratify the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Pair with our A Movement in the Right Direction infographic.
Explore the History of Voting Rights in America
Expand the conversation beyond the 19th amendment with our latest customizable Google Slide Deck that provides an overview of voting in the U.S. — exploring the evolution of voting and how disenfranchised groups gained the right to vote.
Attend Share My Lesson’s Virtual Conference Keynote on A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics for All Learners
Join Dr. Danielle Allen, Director of Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, at the upcoming Share My Lesson Virtual Conference on March 23 at 5:00 p.m. EST to discuss the urgent need to prioritize history and civics. Dr. Allen will introduce the Educating for American Democracy initiative and the Roadmap, as well as offer ways in which educators can get involved and begin utilizing the materials.
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