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Women’s History – High School

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Independent Lens Women’s History Month Collection

This collection celebrates Women's History Month by focusing on women and girls around the world. The films tell powerful, personal stories; and the activities encourage students to learn and understand international struggles and take an active role in addressing local concerns.


Women with Character who Inspire - Lesson Plan from PBS News Hour


Women’s History: Parading Through History - Spotlight on a pennant for women’s suffrage from the early 1900s.

Women’s History: Activity Pack

Women have made vital but often little-known contributions to American history. These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine artifacts which provide clues to how women have been integral in the visual arts, in fighting political causes and on battlefields. They offer students opportunities to hold a history-based political convention, create visual arts designs, and do biographical research.


“Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History” Lesson Plan

Use this PBS NewsHour Extra lesson to challenge students’ negative stereotypes towards women and give them the opportunity to use their creative writing skills to produce their own profile on another “rule-breaking” woman in history.


History of Women in Soul Music: A Workshop with Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama welcomes students to an afternoon workshop celebrating historical and social perspectives on the significance of Soul music. The program, led by Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, highlights the most significant moments throughout the history of the Soul genre and its importance in the women's rights movement, featuring speakers Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and Melissa Etheridge.


Baseball: The Tenth Inning – Women in Baseball

In this lesson, student groups role-play sports marketing firms looking to match female baseball players with product endorsement deals. To sell the promotion to their client, groups must present multimedia projects highlighting the accomplishments of their athlete, as well as examples of how they would market the player, such as baseball cards and cereal boxes.

Dolley Madison: Deleted Scene on Women’s History

Learn about the important role of women in political history in this excerpt from American Experience: "Dolley Madison."

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