Women's History Lesson Plans

Amelia Earhart and Clara Barton | Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony

Billie Jean King, Helen Hayes, and Rosa Parks | Civil Rights and Immigration

10 Influential Women Who Changed History | Elections & Voting Teaching

Sandra O'Connor, McClintock, and Hillary Clinton | Women's History Resources

Women's History Worksheets | March Teacher Helpers Lesson Series

  • Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act- Discover how Adeline Hornbek, single mother of four, defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a successful ranch under the Homestead Act.
  1. American Women's History: A Research Guide
  2. Bring Women's History to Life in the Classroom- A cross curricular look at Women's History Month.
  3. Clara Barton's House: Home of the American Red Cross- Follow Barton's remarkable career as a leader of charitable causes, from caring for the wounded on Civil War battlefields to founding the American Red Cross.
  4. Closing the Salary Gap- Students explore careers in their community and calculate the average salaries for men and women working in those careers.
  5. Debating Women's Rights- Students debate the issue of -Women's Rights- and compare women of the past to the women of the present.
  6. Exploring Women's History- A wide range of resources.
  7. First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill- Examine how Roosevelt's activities at home reflected her interest in humanitarianism, as epitomized by her leadership in the creation of the UN's Declaration of Human Rights.
  8. �Fly Girls�: Women Aviators in World War II- What contributions did the Women Airforce Service Pilot make during World War II?
  9. Louisiana Women: New Orleans - Discuss the lives of two successful women living in New Orleans, Louisiana in the nineteenth century.
  10. Married Women�s Property Rights Changing Views and Challenges
  11. Mathematical Contributions by Women- Students explore the contributions of women to mathematics by writing a research paper, presenting a summary to their peers, and sharing an activity with their peers.
  12. Postwar Troubles - Demobilization of the country Labor Strife and Struggles Introduction of Red Scare.
  13. Progressive Reform Era - Students will understand how economic factors have influenced historical events.
  14. Suffrage: When, Where, and Obstacles to Overcome- A classroom lesson series.
  15. Susan B. Anthony Day- A detailed lesson.
  16. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House- Learn about Mary McLeod Bethune and how she and the organization she founded promoted political and social change for African American women.
  17. The M'Clintock House: A Home to the Women's Rights Movement- Learn why a family home in upstate New York became the site for the creation of one of the most important documents in the history of American women.
  18. The Modern Woman - By the end of this lesson students should have an understanding of the flapper and the double standards between men and women.
  19. Tools Uncover Women's Work- The spindle is a universal symbol of womankind. Within most cultures, the spinning of wool, flax, cotton and silk traditionally has been a woman's task.
  20. Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage- What attitudes about women and their relationships with men had to be overcome before women could take their rightful place in American society?
  21. Who Are the Most Powerful 20th Century Women?- This activity introduces the students to Internet reference materials. Students research an assigned 20th century woman, copy and paste the URL in an email, and send the email to the teacher.
  22. Who Did That?- Students research remarkable women of today, write a biography about one of those women, and create a trivia game using facts from the women's lives.
  23. Who Were the Foremothers of Women's Equality?- What sources are useful for uncovering the names of the women who contributed to the early Women's Rights Movement in the U.S.?
  24. Women's Equality: Changing Attitudes and Beliefs- What attitudes and beliefs obstructed the progress of the Women's Rights Movement in its formative years?
  25. Women's Lives Before the Civil War- An interesting look at this time period.
  26. Women's Rights- Students research the women's rights movement in the twentieth century and develop a timeline depicting major people/events associated with the movement.
  27. Women's Suffrage - The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to explore the vital themes and people of the women's suffrage movement.
  28. Women's Suffrage: Why the West First?- Why were the Western states the first in the nation to grant full voting rights for women?
  29. Women's Words of Wisdom- Create a bulletin board of inspiring quotes by famous women.
  30. Write to Remember- After children read and collect information on women in history, your class has a TEA PARTY, with petit fours cakes and ice tea. Collecting research from selected books and the Internet, plus writing notes and oral reporting are lesson activities.