Use the following prompts and lesson plans to examine and learn more about Women’s History Month and/or prominent women in your content area.
WHM Film Lesson Plans
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Grace Abbott: Social Work Pioneer & Champion of Children, Immigrant, and Women’s Rights / 1878-1939
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Zitkála-Šá/Gertrude Simmons Bonnin: Composer, Author & Indigenous Rights Activist / 1876-1938
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Margaret Chung: First American-Born Chinese Female Doctor / 1889-1959
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Gertrude Ederle: First Woman to Swim the English Channel / 1905-2003
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Meta Warrick Fuller: Trailblazing Sculptor & First African American Woman Recipient of Federal Art Commission / 1877-1968
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Queen Lili‘uokalani: First Sovereign Queen and Last Monarch of Hawai‘i / 1838-1917
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Jeannette Rankin: Suffragist, Peace Activist & First Woman Member of Congress / 1880-1973
- PBS Lesson Plan on life of Maggie Lena Walker: Entrepreneur & First African American Woman Bank President / 1864-1934
- Women of Accomplishment: An Internet Scavenger Hunt: Fun activity for WHM
- Why not a Woman?: Nominate a Woman for a National Holiday.
- Bring Women’s History to Life in the Classroom: WHM Activities in various content areas.
- BrainPop Women’s History Unit: Select a woman and learn about her!
- Studying Female Poets to Understand History: Use poetry to learn about prominent woman poets.
- The Untold History of Women in Strength Sports: Use this article to learn how women participated in strength sports in the 19th century.
WHM Short Reflection Papers
Use the following prompts to help guide your students
- Do we need a ‘Women’s History Month’? Why or why not?
- Have women’s roles in society really changed over the last 100 years? If yes, discuss how and why. If no, explain why not.
- Which woman from this list do you think has most affected social change? Discuss why you think this.
- Which woman from this list do you think has most affected your subject area? Discuss why you think this.
- Which woman from this list do you think has most affected your own personal life? Discuss why you think this.
- What information would you like to see on this list that is not currently on this list? Why do you think this information is important?
- After attending an event for Women’s History Month (either in-person or via streaming or Zoom), discuss your reaction to that event using some of the concepts you’ve learned in your class(es).
- To illustrate, one WHM event featured a documentary about Patsy Mink, who led the reform movement to redefine gender equality in education via Title IX. After we screened the documentary about Patsy Mink, students in a sociology class wrote reaction papers where they applied theories of social movements to the life story of Patsy Mink. Having such a clear and powerful example of a person engaging in real-life social change allowed students to understand the theories at a much deeper level.
- What specific event or speaker would you like to see during Women’s History Month at WCC? Why do you think this would be important to include?