Hoorah for women!
While realizing March is Women’s History month and recalling it took until 1920 for women to receive equal voting status with men, many feel one gender is still advantaged. The women’s movement took shape in 1848 at a convention in Seneca Falls, NY, which hasn’t come full circle yet. Equal pay for women today is still a struggle, among other issues. When I grew up, it was commonplace for mothers to stay home with their children, which was their job. As a teacher, I always marveled at the stories of women teachers in the year 1915 and the stringent way of life in which they must adhere to retain their job. Times have changed, but many didn’t foresee the future ramifications. Now in 2016 many preschool programs are closing because a majority of women are working and need daily daycare for their own children instead. Thus, foundations of learning for children entering kindergarten has amended readiness expectations prior to entering the first day of school. The impact of women in family life and the workplace is monumental.
Women in America are being heard, in contrast to horrific treatment of women in other countries, which the media is helping us to realize. Stereotypes are changing and women are proving their value. The materials listed below will assist you in observing the path history has taken. Hoorah for women!!
Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport. 9780786851423. 2016. Gr 1-4.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an outspoken women’s advocate that lead the way for other women to take up women’s equality. Details are given on the path that included protests and even jail time to achieve the goal of giving women the right to vote.
Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter. 9780385390286. 2015. Gr 1-4.
As an African American senior citizen, Lillian enthusiastically went to her polling place to vote. She remembered the life of her great-great grandfather that was sold as a slave and also the famous march across the bridge in Selma that gave voice to many people. Proudly, she knew she had to vote!
Away She Goes: Riding Into Women’s History by Wim Coleman. 9781939656582. 2015. Gr 3-5.
In play format, Kristy locates her great-great-great grandmother’s diary and learns about her life in the nineteenth century. The invention of the bicycle had an impact on how she managed her life.
If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights by Anne Kamma. 9780439748698. 2008. Gr 2-5.
Through pictures and words, the author helps us see the role of women in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, even including fashions of the day.
The Feminist Revolution: A Story of the Three Most Inspiring and Empowering Women in American History: Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger and Betty Friedan by Jules Archer. 9781632206039. 2015. Gr 5-7.
The three famous women are presented in biographical form, revealing their impact on the feminist movement and the way their lives and ideas meshed with each other.
Feminist Movement of Today by Elizabeth King Humphrey. 9781422223529. 2013. Gr 5-8.
The author is the voice that examined the feminist movement in the twentieth century and forecasts what she views as foreshadowing where the movement will go in the twenty-first century.
Modern Feminist Movement: Sisters Under the Skin, 1961-1979 by Jacqueline Gorman. 9781604139358. 2011. Gr 7-10.
Here is a well done compilation of primary source people that lived the feminist movement in their hearts. The author lists events and people in American history that had an impact on the movement.
In Our Time: Memoirs of a Revolution by Susan Brownmiller. 9780804151986. 2013. Gr 11-Adult. ebook format.
This ebook contains personal information that women such as Kate Millett, Gloria Steinem, Rita Mae Brown, Alix Kates Shulman, and many others took that were responsible for this incredible history changing feminist movement.
For background information on Women’s History, see this timeline.
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