Four Resources for Women's History Month

Posted by Julia Rappaport on March 4, 2015

March is Women's History Month in the United States and United Kingdom—Canada celebrates in October—while International Women's Day is celebrated globally on March 8. Introduce your students to everyday women, female politicians, and upstanders big and small who have made contributions to world history with these four resources.

Read It:

Holocaust survivor Sonia Weitz tells her story of life in Poland during World War II in the memoir I Promised I Would Tell. Weitz was only 11 years old when Nazi forces sent her family to live in the ghettos. Of the 84 members of her family, she and her sister were the sole survivors the war. The resource includes more than two dozen poems, which can be used in literature and history classrooms to meet the Common Core State Standards.

Watch It:

Lynda Lowery turned 15 years old during the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march. She was arrested 15 times over the years in which she participated in the American civil rights movement. In this short video, Lynda describes "Bloody Sunday" and the resolve that carried her through to the final march two weeks later.

Write It:

Facing History's resource Stitching Truth: Women's Protest Art in Pinochet's Chile, available for free download in both English and Spanish, tells the story of the sisters, wives, and mothers who made up the women's protest movement in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Facing what would seem like insurmountable odds, the women challenged silence and regime terror. The resource includes connection questions for student reflection, suggested further reading, and primary source documents that can help prompt writing activities or in-class discussions.

Take It:

Register today for an upcoming Facing History professional development opportunity. Through our guides and teaching methods, students are introduced to women throughout history who have shown courage and compassion in the face of injustice, and see that their own daily choices can have major impacts and perhaps even be a critical link to a safer future.

What resources do you use to teach about women's history? Comment below!

Topics: Classrooms, Civil Rights Movement, Professional Development, Teaching Strategies, Facing History Resources, Holocaust, Memoir, Teaching Resources, Video, History

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