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From artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video recounting Susan B. Anthony's arrest for voting 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 each 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 

South Dakota State Historical Society
  • EDCollection: Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, which includes:
  • June 2019 marks the centennial of Congress passing the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. (It was ratified by the necessary number of states the following year, on Aug. 18, 1920.) Did you know the language of the amendment comes from a bill first introduced by Sen. Aaron Sargent in 1878? Here's coverage of his bill and the one that finally passed in 1919.
  • Learn about Mary Beth Tinker, the center of a Supreme Court case that protected free-speech rights for students in public schools.The court issued the historic ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines 50 years ago, in February 1969. Use our resources, including virtual classes and videos with Tinker, to explore the importance of the court ruling then and now on student expression.
  • One hundred years ago, women were marching for the right to vote; today, they march to mobilize women to exercise that right and to put more women in elected office. Check out archived front pages from January 2017 when millions of people across the globe gathered in solidarity for women’s issues. 
  • Find more women's rights resources through our Tools search feature on the website.

At the Newseum

  • "First Amendment and Tinker" is a 30-minute class offered free to school groups visiting the Newseum, as well as offered live virtually to those that can't visit. The class focuses on the landmark Supreme Court case that protects student speech and Mary Beth Tinker who led the charge.
  • 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.

You can find additional information on all of our classes here and on how to schedule a field trip. If you have questions, please email or call 202/292-6650.

Freedom Forum Institute initiative

The institute, of which NewseumED is a part, is committed to promoting workplace integrity on behalf of women in the news industry. Eliminating sexual harassment and creating opportunities for all is the goal of the Power Shift Project, an outgrowth of the Power Shift Summit that was held at the Newseum.





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EDClasses & Training

  • From Facts to Firewalls: Leading Free Speech Debates

    Get the First Amendment background and media literacy techniques to help students understand where and how they can exercise freedom of expression in a world of social media and social protests.

  • Is It Fair? Evaluate Your Media

    Are accusations of bias clogging your news feed? Are your students quick to point out that something's unfair — but not as ready to explain why? Tune up your “fairness meter” to assess how objective or biased content really is.

  • The Civil War: From the Front Lines to the Front Pages

    Students see how technology affected news coverage and public perception of the Civil War, then create their own front pages with breaking news, maps and telegrams.

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