Fighting for voting rights was one of the first battles in the long and endless journey for women’s equality. It was a long battle that ended with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920.
This activity focuses on the second generation of American women’s suffrage leaders who operated in the 20th century.
When these women were born in the second half of the 19th century, the suffragists’ battle had already started; they took the lead from the first generation of leaders and fought on the streets, organized parades, and nonviolent protests that gained national attention.
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.
Check out this activity that focuses on the first generation of American suffrage leaders from The 19th century.
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.