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Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Educators learn how women used the First Amendment to create political change, then use social media to update historic persuasion campaigns.

Postcard of a Suffragette Holding Newspapers --- Image by © Lake County Museum/CORBIS

How did the women’s suffrage movement redefine the roles and rights of women – and in turn, shift the way Americans today use the First Amendment to effect change? This professional development workshop examines how women used the five freedoms to challenge gender roles and forge new societal norms. Workshop attendees investigate movement participants’ pioneering use of the freedoms of press, assembly and petition to understand how our society has changed over time. Attendees gain primary source materials from the Newseum’s online resources to spark connections to the issues and causes that students care about today.

Booking Information

Workshops include an interactive lesson with a Newseum educator, a packet of resources and teaching strategies, and a gallery exploration guide. 

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How to register and enroll

For more details on options, customizations and pricing, or to book a workshop, please call the Education reservation line at 202/292-6650 or write to educationprograms@newseum.org. Workshops must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled workshop time.

Cancellation policy:

If you need to reschedule or cancel your workshop, please contact the Education Department at 202/292-6650 OR write to educationprograms@newseum.org before the date of your scheduled visit. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds for no shows or unused tickets.

Accessibility Questions?

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Theme:
    Historical Connections
  • Level:
    Educators
  • Cost:
    Call for pricing
  • Duration:
    90 minutes - options for longer programs are available
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Time Offered:
    between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Capacity:
    max 36 participants in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    10 participants

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