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Suffrage: The changing role of women
In this lesson, students use oral history excerpts and photographs to learn about the women's suffrage movement in the United States from a variety of perspectives.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Peace returns to the earth
In The Ramayana, page 7.15
Women pick fruit in a fertile garden, as painted on a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Four women move contentedly around a lush landscape with colorful flowers and ripe fruit growing around boulders. A woman on the right reaches over a boulder to pick...
By Lorraine Aragon.
The Misses Turner in Negro Songs
The Misses Turner in Negro Songs
This program cover for the Misses Turner “in Negro Songs” contains a sepia photograph of two white women. One woman is wearing a floor-length, lacy, beaded black dress with a white underlay and corsage. She holds what appears to be a lyre. The...
Format: image/photograph
Women working
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 21
The bright green rice plants in the field are still young and unripe. Note, again, the power lines running in the background.
By Lorraine Aragon.
World War I propaganda posters
U.S. Government propaganda posters spelled out the reasons for American involvement in World War I and encouraged all Americans to help in the war effort.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Fish market
In Northern and coastal Vietnam: Waterway settlements and Chinese influences, page 6
Women in Southeast Asia often work as food merchants in centralized outdoor markets where regional farm produce is collected for sale to surrounding town residents. Typically vendors selling similar items in adjacent spots are both cooperating and competing...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Women as merchants
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 9
Women throughout Southeast Asia regularly work in outdoor markets, both as preparers and sellers of food items. This woman, at an outdoor market in Hanoi, sells variously colored noodles from large trays. Noodle-making is a fine art in Vietnam, where ingredients...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Votes for Women
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.8
This poster, published by the North American Woman Suffrage Association, counters opponents arguments about why women shouldn’t be given the right to vote.
Format: poster/primary source
Protection from the sun
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 6
Rural women, men, and children throughout Southeast Asia commonly weave their own hats, sleeping mats, and baskets from a variety of palm leaf, bamboo, and rattan fibers. Mountain groups or highlanders are less involved in the national cash economy (often...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Southern women trailblazers
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about the changing role of women in American society, particularly in the south. By engaging in these activities, students will not only learn about women considered to be trailblazers in their time, but they will also think critically about traditional gender roles, women's roles in politics, academics, and professions, and the contributions of women to society.
Format: lesson plan
Women of the South in a changing society
In this lesson, students examine the lives of women in the south during the Civil War and focus particular attention on analyzing the historical stereotypes of women of the 19th-century.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Cindy Mcpeters and Aletha Aldridge.
Our Idea of Nothing at All
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.7
Poem by by Alice Duer Miller attacking a U.S. Senator from North Carolina who opposed women's suffrage. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poetry/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Why We Oppose Votes for Men
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.6
Satirical column by Alice Duer Miller, challenging people opposed to women's suffrage. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poster/primary source
Foundation of a diet
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 1
Wherever rice will grow in Southeast Asia, it is grown. Rice is one of the most nutritious and protein-rich grains that humans have domesticated from wild plants. Here, a woman is selling rice in an outdoor market in Hanoi. The round woven basket in front...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Working in the fields
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 5
Both men and women work in the wet-rice fields. Rural women living in highland Southeast Asia typically scale high mountains and do hard outdoor physical labor, which keeps them physically fit and strong. With one basket strapped at the waist and another larger...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Elizabeth Freeman in suffrage demonstration
Elizabeth Freeman in suffrage demonstration
Elizabeth Freeman, a women's suffrage activist, participates in a demonstration for women's voting rights.
Format: image/photograph
Rama's regret
In The Ramayana, page 7.9
Rama sits on a riverbank with four women, trying to forget Sita, as portrayed on a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Rama sits at the corner of a riverbank, holding a piece of food in his right hand and gazing out at the water. A young and beautiful woman...
By Lorraine Aragon.
World War I and the changing face of gender roles
In this lesson, students analyze oral histories in order to learn more about Progressivism and the impact of World War I and World War II on the role of women in the United States.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By Lee Adcock.
Sita's fire ordeal
In The Ramayana, page 6.11
Rama and his court watch Sita during the fire ordeal, as seen on a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Sita stands calmly in a gated area with flames burning around the lotus blossom platform on which she stands. One of the monkey kings lights the fire with...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Reading guide: Cherokee women
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.7
These questions will help to guide students' reading of "Cherokee Women" and encourage them to think critically about the text. The questions focus primarily on the Cherokee matrilineal kinship system and on the cultural differences between the Cherokee and the Europeans who arrived in the early 1700s.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.