Women Who Made History

In the centennial year of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offered a course that celebrates women who have made a lasting impact on American culture, government, and economics. 

All the women featured in the course are included in the Institute’s publication, Women Who Made History. This course has an estimated weekly commitment of two hours (one hour of class time plus an additional hour for weekly reflection, assignments, and quizzes).

Intended audience

This class is for students in grades 8–12.

Class Schedule 


Class 1

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Monday, October 5, 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. ET

Phillis Wheatley

Class 2

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Monday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. ET

Mary Katherine Goddard

Class 3

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Monday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. ET

Enslaved Women   

Class 4

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Monday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. ET,

Ida B. Wells     

Class 5

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Monday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. ET

Native Women Activists of Alcatraz

Class 6

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Monday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. ET

Constance Baker Motley

Meet Your Teacher

CherylAnne Amendola is a history teacher at Montclair Kimberley Academy and has been teaching American and world history for the last fifteen years. In addition to teaching, Ms. Amendola is also Middle School History Department Chair and a Middle School Ethics Coordinator. In 2017, she was named New Jersey History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and was accepted as an Academy for Teachers fellow. She is also an author who published her first picture book, On the Backs of the Enslaved, in November 2019.

Participation Certificate

Students who get 100% on the attendance quiz can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their attendance in each Online History School session. Quizzes are linked in the schedule as well as the video description.

Video Playlist


Please email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org with any questions.