Breaking Barriers

Biography

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman soared across the sky as the first African American, and the first Native American woman pilot.
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Biography

Florence Kelley

Florence Kelley dedicated her life to social reform. She worked to end many social problems, including labor and racial discrimination.
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Lesson Plan

Susan B. Anthony

After learning about Susan B. Anthony, students will create a coin mobile. On the back of each coin, they will write the actions that identify her as an agent for change, as well as a word to describes her.
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Biography

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress and inventor who pioneered the technology that would one day form the basis for today’s WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth communication systems
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Seneca Falls and Suffrage

Using the Chester Comix panels, students will explore and discuss the Suffrage Movement, the purpose of the Seneca Falls Convention and the contributions to equality made by four key figures: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Lucretia Mott, and
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Biography

Wilma Mankiller

Wilma Mankiller is often remembered as the first Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation but her life was filled with activism from the beginning.
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Wilma Mankiller: Cherokee Leader

Students will use the information they learned from reading the short biography of Wilma Mankiller, watching the video, Bell Water Project, to brainstorm community based self-help projects that the class could organize at their school.
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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was far more than the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” and a Hollywood starlet—she was a brilliant, scientific mind that gave way for inventions that still have an impact on today.
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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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