Equal voting rights for women are an obvious fact to us all, but if it was not for the American women who dedicated their lives and fought for equal rights to vote, our world might have been different today.
This activity focuses on the first generation of American women’s suffrage leaders. These women started the journey, fighting for decades, but unfortunately did not witness their dream come true when the 19th Amendment was ratified to the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920.
The first page contains six mini herstories, and the second page two activities:
1. A word search puzzle that will help students improve their spelling skills and expand their vocabulary.
2. After reading the short biographies on page one, have students find the names in the text boxes. On page two, they will practice their scissors skills, cutting the pieces of the women’s names and gluing them on the correct title line.
Taking this activity to the next level, teachers can offer their students the chance to research these women’s legacies or create a bulletin board.
As educators, it is our responsibility to present a comprehensive history to future generations and emphasize that the world, as it is today, is a product of the works and achievements of both men and women.
Although more than before, the official curriculum still lacks space for women’s history, stories about pioneering women, and their influence on society. Therefore, it is essential to add content about women proactively, give girls role models and examples to identify with, and let boys learn that women are equal, valuable, and have contributed to history like men.
Education is one of the significant ways to inspire and create a more equal society for us and future generations.
The next step in this activity is the the worksheet about the American suffrage leaders of the 20th Century. Use this link to access it.