Breaking Barriers

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Introduction to Activism

This lesson takes a closer look at one of key activists in the women’s’, workers’ and immigrants’ rights movement in the 20th century.
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African American Activists

Students will learn about Ida B Wells, Rosa Parks, and Fannie Lou Hammer; all female African American activists who fought for justice and equality.
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The National Woman’s Party

Students will examine documents to determine if the justice system fair and Constitutional in its treatment of the National Women’s Party picketers
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Biography

Ethel L. Payne

Ethel Payne is known as the First Lady of the Black Press, because of her fearlessness as a journalist and a Civil Rights activist.
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Biography

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the senior US Representative from Florida, the first Latina elected to the US Congress, and the first Republican in congress to publicly support the passage of the marriage equality act.
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General

A Short History of Activism

Subjugation, inequality, revolution and protest have marked world history for thousands of years. And for thousands of years, human beings have fought oppression and subjugation
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Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin

Students will explore the life of Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin by critically reading primary and secondary sources to determine her worldview and perspective.
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The Road to Suffrage

In this lesson, students will use the Suffrage Timeline to explore the women, ideas, and action that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 and discuss the Suffrage Movement as a model for peaceful activism.
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Rosie the Riveter

This lesson features a series of student-centered grouping strategies and discussion forums that utilize secondary sources. Students will be exposed to various sources that provide both the historical narrative relating to women during World War II.
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Getting with the Program

Students will learn about the women who programmed ENIAC (the world’s first electronic computer), how computers work, and women’s job opportunities during World War II.
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Biography

Mary Eliza Mahoney

Mary Eliza Mahoney pursued a nursing career which supported these aims. She is noted for becoming the first African American licensed nurse.
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Biography

Ruby Hurley

Civil rights pioneer and campaigner, Ruby Hurley is most known for her work with the NAACP in the 1950s and 1960s.
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