For Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating women who have changed the course of history. Often, women affect history just by being the first to break a glass ceiling or reach a particular goal. And, many of these women continue to make history by what they achieve in their trailblazing roles.
Although there are women in every field that deserve celebration, we’ve chosen to highlight women who have made and are making contributions in politics, science, and the arts. The Content Collection below is a good link for additional resources about women’s history.
Content Collection: Women in History
Discovery Education Streaming
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.
Women Who Made History
Reuters News: 2018-11-08: Women Candidates Make History at the Polls
Discovery Education Streaming, Math Techbook, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [02:09]
Female candidates make history during the 2018 midterm election by smashing barriers and winning seats in Congress.
Enid Michael: Yosemite’s First Female Ranger-Naturalist
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment [04:51]
Shares the history and contributions of Enid Michael, the first female ranger-naturalist at Yosemite National Park.
Reuters News: 2018-08-17: World Mourns “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment [05:53]
Aretha Franklin, whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools”, died August 16, 2018 at the age of 76.
Beyond Being First
Women often make history just by being the first woman to achieve a certain title or position, and the women in the featured media above were all trailblazers in that way. However, so many women make their most significant contributions after they’ve passed the “first-to” milestone. Have your students research the achievements of a female politician, scientist, or musician (or another trailblazing woman) and find an image of her. Then, use a combination of the instructional strategies Step Inside and 3 Truths…1 Lie to guide your students as they challenge each other to celebrate the truths and identify the lies about these women. Share your students’ most fascinating truths and the names of the women who made history on social media with #CelebrateWithDE.
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