Teaching Resources

Women’s History

Over the past fifteen years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has worked closely with master educators across the country. Many of them have developed unique lesson plans and activities related to this historical era. These resources are included here along with pedagogical videos and other general teaching tools that can be adapted for a variety of time periods and themes in American history.

A northerner’s view of southern slavery, 1821

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Alice Paul: Suffragist and Agitator

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Arguments for educating women, 1735

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Cadet Nurse Corps, 1943

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Conflict and Captivity in the Colonies

Curriculum Subjects: Literature Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Declarations of Independence

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Guided Readings: The Changing Status of Women

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Henry Knox on the British invasion of New York, 1776

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Horace Greeley on a woman’s reform newspaper, 1851

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Life on the Trail

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Lowell Mill Girls and the factory system, 1840

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels:

Lydia Maria Child on women’s rights, 1843

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Martha Washington on life after the Revolution, 1784

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Sharecropper contract, 1867

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Study Aid: Great Society Legislation

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Suffragists invoke Lincoln, 1910

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

The Changing Lives of American Women

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The Role of Women in the 1950s

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Textile Industry and the Triangle Factory Fire

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

TITLE IX: Striving for Gender Equity in Athletics

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

What Does Liberty Look Like?

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Woman Abolitionists

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Woman Suffrage before 1920

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Women and the Civil War

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Women in the Great Depression: Investigating Assumptions

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Women of the West

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Women’s suffrage poster, 1915

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Women’s Suffrage: 140 Years of Struggle

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5