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Women's Words of Wisdom



  • Arts & Humanities
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  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Create a bulletin board of inspiring quotes by famous women.

Brief Description


  • use library or Internet resources to collect quotes by famous women.
  • reflect on what might have inspired those quotes.
  • create a Women's History Month bulletin board that mimics the Library of Congress's Women's Words of Wisdom Web page.


Women's History Month, women, quote, quotations, famous quotes

Materials Needed

  • books and/or Internet resources

Lesson Plan

"I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others."
--- Amelia Earhart

"In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do."
--- Dorothea Dix

"I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say -- I never ran my train of the track, and I never lost a passenger."
--- Harriet Tubman

Those are just a few of the inspiring quotes spotlighted on the Women's Words of Wisdom: Thoughts Over Time exhibit on the Web site of the Library of Congress. Share some of the other quotes from famous women that are part of that exhibit. Then challenge students to dig through library (encyclopedias, biographies) and Internet resources to find additional quotes from women.

Create a bulletin board that looks similar to the layout presented on the Women's Words of Wisdom Web site. Combine images gathered from the Internet with thought or talk bubbles in which their quotes are written.

A Few Quote Sources on the Internet

Online Quotation Dictionaries


Challenge students to reflect on one of the quotes on the bulletin board. They might respond to one of these questions:

  • How does that quote reflect the life of the woman who spoke it?
  • Why does that quote have special meaning/inspiration to you?

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

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Originally published 02/08/2008
Updated 02/21/2017