Free online historical newspapers, videos and lesson plans connect the women's suffrage movement to the ongoing fight for equality.
One of the many picket lines suffragists organized outside of the White House in 1917.Library of Congress, Manuscript Division
Updated March 7, 2018
From artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video on Susan B. Anthony’s arrest to a timeline on major events in the fight for gender equality, NewseumED is your source for lesson plans and activities that can be used to observe Women’s History Month in March and all year long.
Suffragists utilized the five freedoms of the First Amendment to change gender inequality across the nation and to secure the right to vote. We have numerous resources for you to bring the women’s suffrage movement and the First Amendment into your classroom and/or enhance a visit to the Newseum. (To access some of these resources, you must be signed into NewseumED; registration is free.)
On the NewseumED website
- EDCollection: Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, which includes:
- A searchable timeline featuring over 200 historical front pages, videos and photographs. Many entries cover major events in securing rights for women, including Myra Bradwell’s Fight for Employment, the First Female Presidential Candidate, the First Birth Control Clinic and the 19th Amendment.
- A media map exploring how the women’s suffrage movement and its critics tried to influence public opinion.
- Units with standards-aligned lesson plans, activities and worksheets supporting historical connections, media literacy, and civics and citizenship.
- “Miss Anthony Won’t Cooperate” video, with accompanying artifacts, highlights Susan B. Anthony’s use of free speech to demand equality.
- “The Freedom to Make a Change” lesson plan explores how suffragists embraced the First Amendment as a tool to help achieve passage of the 19th Amendment.
- Unsung Heroes — These NewseumED articles feature women who were pillars of change for women’s rights and voting rights. They include, Carry A. Nation, Alice Paul and Jeannette Rankin. Their accomplishments have historical significance and continue to influence issues of gender equality today.
Find more women’s rights resources through our EDTools feature.
- Check out three events in the women’s suffrage movement that are marking 100 years in 2018.
At the Newseum
- “First Amendment and Tinker” is a 30-minute class offered free to school groups visiting the Newseum. The class focuses on the landmark Supreme Court case that protects student speech and Mary Beth Tinker who led the charge.
- “Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement” is a 90-minute workshop for teachers that looks at how suffragists used the freedoms of press, assembly, speech and petition. Attendees receive primary source materials from the Newseum’s online resources to spark connections to issues and causes that students care about today.
- Our Global Scavenger Hunt lets students learn about the different ways of communicating, news around the world and the life of journalist Elizabeth Cochrane, aka Nellie Bly.