Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Women in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Clock 90 minutes

This lesson explores the experience of women during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.  Students will explore the changing and different experiences of women in American society, and the fight for equal voting rights for women through a historical narrative, primary sources, and student activities.  Students will better understand the experience of women in American history as a basis for other historical eras and today.

Founding Principles

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Due Process

The government must interact with all citizens according to the duly-enacted laws; applying these rules equally among all citizens.

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Federalism

The people delegate certain powers to the national government, while the states retain other powers; and the people, who authorize the states and national government, retain all freedoms not delegated to the governing bodies.

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Majority Rule / Minority Rights

Laws may be made with the consent of the majority but only to the point where they do not infringe on the inalienable rights of the minority.

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Rule of Law

Government and citizens all abide by the same laws regardless of political power. Those laws respect individual rights, are transparently enacted, are justly applied, and are stable.

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