This educational and fun activity introduces your students to six American women who broke the political glass ceiling and paved the way for women in politics. Among the women they will meet are the first female mayor, senator, and the first female vice president, Kamala Harris, who said: “I may be the first woman to hold this office. But I won’t be the last.”
The first page contains six short 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, cut the pieces of the women’s names, and assemble and glue 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.
It is a fantastic activity for English and Social Studies classes, Women’s History Month, Women’s Equality Day (August 26), Election Day, National Women’s Empowerment Day, Equal Pay Day, and any other occasion.
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.