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Former Educator: Resources for Teaching Women's History Month

Former Educator: Resources for Teaching Women's History Month

Silent sentinels of Maryland picket the White House for suffrage in early 1917. 

March is Women's History Month, and many teachers are excited about the opportunity to take extra time to teach about women's rights and its history in their classrooms. 

Susan Curtis, former middle school teacher, offers tips for teachers on how to teach Women's History Month in her article on MiddleWeb.com. 

Curtis's article offers a list of resources for a myriad of topics, including the march where thousands of suffragists marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913.

"Many of the 500,000 spectators were not supportive of the non-violent protest, injuring 200 marchers and sending 100 of them to the hospital," she wrote. "During March 2013 thousands gathered in Washington, DC to commemorate those marchers who took the struggle for women’s right to vote from the states to the federal government, rallying for a constitutional amendment."

Curtis said that students and teachers "can register at the Newseum to access Marching for Women’s Rights, which includes images of primary resources showing women using the First Amendment to push for political rights."

The collection of front pages from suffrage journals and city newspapers show the negative response to abuse of women during the 1913 march in Washington from some newspapers, as well as the New York Times’ decision to bury news of the march in a story about Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration preparations," she wrote. "The publications also give students a view of contemporary events surrounding the suffragist movement. The Newseum also hosts a multi-media module Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less which features an interactive timeline and much more.

Another portion of her article looks at women scientists through history.

AAAS’s Science NetLinks hosts a Women’s History Month collection which highlights women in science as well as puts women in the context of science," she wrote. "Look down to 'Tools' for most of the middle grades resources, including 4000 years of women scientists and mathematicians in brief sketches from the University of Alabama’s Department of Physics & Astronomy and 20 recent women leaders from NASA.The Biography Channel provides sketches of varying length on well-known women scientists, many of them American and some with videos.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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