#CelebrateWithDE Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day occurs every year on August 26 in the United States to mark the adoption of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The 19th Amendment prohibits the states and federal government from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. The day commemorates the struggles for the right to vote and also the continuing struggles for equality for women throughout society. Join us as we mark the struggles and celebrate the successes of women as they have fought for equality in the U.S.

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

Get to know some trailblazing women who changed history by helping others, fighting for equality, and gaining powerful political positions. You’ll find assorted materials, lesson starters, and content for every grade in this curated collection.
 

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.


Learn

Build background knowledge about women’s rights by reviewing an article, then find out about past and current inequalities and the women who have fought against them.

Women’s Rights
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Encyclopedia Article

Women’s rights are the legal, political, and social rights for women equal to those of men. Among these rights are control of property, equality of opportunity in education and employment, suffrage, and sexual freedom.
 

Stuff You Missed In History Class Podcast: Civil War Medicine: Mary Edwards Walker
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Podcast [18:11]

When the Civil War began, Mary Edwards Walker sought work as a surgeon. When the Union refused to give her an appointment, she worked as a volunteer and became the first woman to win the Medal of Honor.
 
Women’s Suffrage Movement: Gaining Equality for Women
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment [03:17]

In the 1840s, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony led the women’s suffrage movement, revolutionizing the political and social conditions of women in American society.
 

United States: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Fights for Equal Pay
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment [02:27]

Members of the U.S. women’s soccer team file a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation because they are not being paid the same as members of the men’s national team.
 

International Women’s Day Marches Around the World
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [01:37]

Women are marking International Women’s Day with marches and protests in cities across the world.


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Use the strategy Step Inside – video overview (Canadian Version) / Step Inside (PDF overview) to encourage students to adopt the perspective of a woman who helped shape history and bolster women’s equality. Select a resource for Women’s Equality Day and assign each student to a particular person in the piece. Then, have students respond to questions from those assigned perspectives. Use small group or whole class discussion strategies to allow students to compare and contrast their ideas about how women in history would respond to the questions. Showcase your students’ work on social media using #CelebrateWithDE!


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