Resources

Explore all of the resources the National Women’s History Museum has created.  There are lesson plans, biographies, posters, primary sources, and more. You can search by topic, theme, or resource type. 

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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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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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The Anti-Suffragists

The 19th Amendment did not come without a prolonged fight. Students will examine rationale for opposing suffrage through the lens of class, immigration status and race.
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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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Sacagawea

While exploring Sacagawea’s role as guide to the Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery expedition, students will diagram a mind map to visualize and connect Sacagawea’s accomplishments to key ideas, events, and people related to this historic mission
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Tea with Penelope

Students will analyze and evaluate the meaning, value, and message of the political cartoon, A Society of Patriotic Ladies, at Edenton, North Carolina, October 25, 1774.
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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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Women, Propaganda, and War

This lesson employs political posters and cartoons from the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. The purpose is to determine how the government’s message changed throughout the three separate conflicts and the effect this had on women.
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Creating a Historical Thesis Statement

Using the History of Nursing Timeline and supplemental web resources, students will collate significant ideas and facts and write a cohesive thesis statement to introduce the assigned historical topic.
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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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