Votes for Women

Votes for Women: The Story of the Nineteenth Amendment guides students through the story of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Through rich narratives, primary source activities, and classroom-ready lessons, the curriculum explores the people, places, and events of the suffragist movement, inspiring students through the perseverance and courage of those in the movement and asking them to consider how one is able to carry out long-term change in order to better align institutions with the principles of liberty, justice, and equality. This framing provides a structure that allows students to explore how the suffragists mapped out a pathway for change to achieve the vote through the Nineteenth Amendment. The resource also contains capstone projects so that students can use the lessons of this curriculum to make a positive impact in their own communities.

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Rights, Equality, and Citizenship

In this lesson, students will examine the idea of natural rights and equality as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. They will delve into the relationship between liberty and equality and examine the interplay of these two principles with respect to the idea of change within the United States constitutional order.

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Women in Early America (1600-1800)

In this lesson, students will examine the role of citizens in colonial America and in the early republic, assessing their liberty and equality during this period. They will also examine the purpose of voting and its role within civil society.

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A Movement Arises (1800-1860)

In this lesson, students will trace the growing public voice of women in American society through various reform movements as well as organized women’s rights movements in antebellum America. Students will analyze the writings of men and women central to the rise of the women’s rights movement and analyze the contributions of several leading figures in the movement.

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Shall Women Have the Right to Vote? (1866-1890)

In this lesson, students will examine the growth of the women’s suffrage movement after the Civil War and analyze the ways the Constitution and the Bill of Rights empower all individuals to express their political voices.

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The Movement Unites (1890-1920)

In this lesson, students will examine the impact of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and assess the connection between suffrage, citizenship, and public life. Students will also examine how people applied or failed to apply constitutional principles and civic virtues in the women’s suffrage movement.

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Women in the Political World Today

In this lesson, students will discuss the impact of the Nineteenth Amendment on American Society and understand the variety of issues of concern for women today. Students will evaluate trends in reform movements towards equality in the twentieth century.

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Capstone Project A: Community Project

In this capstone project, students apply the lessons of the suffrage movement to address an an important issue in their lives. The project guides students through a brainstorming, design, and implementation process for achieving change in their own communities. Students will produce a portfolio to document their implementation of their plan.

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Capstone Project B: Building a Website or Hosting a Community Education Event Image

Capstone Project B: Building a Website or Hosting a Community Education Event

In this capstone project, students use the lessons of the suffrage movement to develop a website, event, or other activity that provides members of their community the opportunity to better understand the movement for suffrage and the impact of women in public life in their local communities.

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