#CelebrateWithDE – Women’s Equality Day

On August 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the many strides citizens of the United States have made to ensure that women enjoy equal rights and equal treatment under the law. This date was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the day in 1920 when the 19th amendment was certified, granting women the right to vote. Struggles to gain equality are naturally filled with great successes and great disappointments. Inspire your students by studying the stories of people who met resistance with persistence in their fight to ensure equality for all women.

Prepare for Women’s Equality Day by helping your students build background knowledge about voting in the United States. You’ll find a variety of resources in the Content Collection: Voting. We’ve also provided an infographic to help you chart the history of the vote in the U.S.


Featured Resources

Content Collection: Voting
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Recognize the most fundamental democratic right and responsibility: voting. In the United States, all citizens gain the right to vote when they turn 18, but it was not always this way…
 
The Evolution of Voting Rights in the United States
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Infographic

Chronicles the struggle for voting rights in the United States between 1787 and 1971 and identifies major Constitutional Amendments and laws that guarantee most US citizens, over the age of 18, the right to vote.


Learn

On August 26, celebrate the day by studying the contributions of three heroic women who each played a part in advancing equal rights for women in her own way. We’ve selected resources about three women who advanced the cause – including text, video, and images. Have your students select one of the three women to study and use That Sums It Up, an instructional strategy that helps students identify the main ideas in a piece of media, to help them develop an informed opinion about her experience and perspective.
 
Alice Paul: Women’s Suffrage Leader
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Examines the actions taken by Alice Paul to fight for women’s rights leading up to the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.
 
Alice Paul (1885-1977)
(Canadian Version)
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Image

Alice Paul (1885-1977), the organizer of the March 1913 parade, advocated a more militant approach to the campaign for votes for women than did the NAWSA.
 
Eleanor Roosevelt Transforms Role of First Lady
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Eleanor Roosevelt changed the country’s expectations of what a first lady should be by becoming active in politics and organizations. Daily syndicated newspaper column.
 
A Trailblazing First Lady
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Reading Passage

Eleanor Roosevelt served as First Lady from 1933 to 1945. Inspired by her education in London, she campaigned for worker’s rights. She was the first First Lady to be a union member.
 
Mary McLeod Bethune: American Woman of the 20th Century
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Mary McLeod Bethune was a civil rights activist and an advocate for women’s rights. As an educator, she became an advisor to FDR.
 
Mary McLeod Bethune
(Canadian Version)
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Encyclopedia Article

Bethune, Mary Mcleod (1875–1955), American educator, born in Mayesville, S.C., and educated at Scotia Seminary and the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.


Apply

Once the students have built an understanding of the people and events involved in women’s suffrage, bring them together for sessions of They Said What?!?, a strategy that encourages students to represent a particular person or viewpoint in a discussion. Select one or more of these images for small group discussion and ask students to answer, from their selected perspective, questions such as What do you think your most important contribution was and why?, What challenge was the most difficult for you to overcome? (if taking the perspective of Bethune or Roosevelt), What are you saying? (if taking the perspective of someone at headquarters), or What are you chanting? (if taking the perspective of someone in the crowd).
 
Mary McLeod Bethune with Eleanor Roosevelt
(Canadian Version)
Grades 9-12, Image

 
 
 
Women’s Suffrage Headquarters, Cleveland, Ohio
(Canadian Version)
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Image

 
 
 
March 3, 1913 Suffragists Parade, Washington, DC
(Canadian Version)
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Image

 
 

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