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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Great Resources on Women's Voting Rights

We have heard a lot of talk about the power of the women’s vote in this election.  Candidates are making sure that they address issues that are important to women to earn their vote.  It is hard to believe that women were amongst the last to earn the right to vote in the US.  Looking at the suffrage movement gives students the opportunity to understand the different perspectives of the times and look at the current issues surrounding the Voting Rights ACT.
Here are some great resources, links and lesson plans that can tie past and present issues surrounding voting rights:
The Woodrow Wilson Library has lesson plans that include everything from essential questions to assessments.  Lots of links to primary documents included!
Scholastic has some great lesson plans for different age groups, grades 1-2, 4-5, 6-8 with resources and activities. 
Looking for primary documents?  Of course our National Archives has put together great lesson plans and resources in their Teaching with Documents site.
Mr. Donn’s web pages include links to lesson plans, games, and links to Powerpoints on women’s suffrage.
Tom Daccord’s site, Edtechteacher has a great collection of  Best History Sites on women’s history.
This great lesson plan from Edsitement on Pro-and Anti-Suffrage Arguments has students look at women’s suffrage issues from all different perspectives- The Founding Fathers, the family, African Americans, States Rights, husbands, etc.  Check out the other 3 great activities at this site with links to political cartoons, articles, fliers and other primary documents of the day.
Why not follow up this great lesson by letting students discuss the issues by role-playing different points of view using the online SCAN tool and having students decide what should be done.  Check out the free lesson on “Women's Voting Rights."
How is this relevant to today?
Tie these great topics in by looking at the recent discussion on the Voting Rights Act which requires states to get advance approval by the Federal Government before they can change the way they hold elections. 
Look at how women’s issues are affecting voting today.  If women were voting, what issues would become non-issues?
Connect to women’s rights headlines from around the world by looking at the recent shooting of a 14 year old Pakistani girl by the Taliban for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban.
Do you have any favorite resources or activities to help our students appreciate voting rights? 


  1. This is a great video parady on Women's Rights to vote:

  2. I've read a lot of blog articles regarding women from various parts of the globe who had fought for universal suffrage. They have amazing life stories and experiences, and most articles have links for further readings. Their courage in the face of surmounting adversity of fighting the status quos of their time should come up as a model for our youth today in overcoming the social difficulties. I think reeding these articles may make them appreciate not only their rights of suffrage, but also how we as a people have advanced torwards a better future.

    Christian Pearson @

  3. You are so right about the courage of these women! It is hard to believe that women are still fighting for the right to an education and a say in their own futures!