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.
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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. Entries cover major events in securing rights for women, including Myra Bradwell's fight to practice law, the first female presidential candidate, the first birth control clinic and ratification of the 19th Amendment.
- A media map exploring how the women's suffrage movement and its critics tried to influence public opinion.
- Standards-aligned lesson plans, activities and worksheets supporting historical connections, media literacy, and civics and citizenship.
- "Miss Anthony Won't Cooperate" video, and other artifacts, highlighting Susan B. Anthony's use of free speech to demand equality.
- "The Freedom to Make a Change" lesson plan exploring how suffragists embraced the First Amendment as a tool to help achieve passage of the 19th Amendment.
- 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.
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.