Lesson 1: “Tracing the Path of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment” (Grades 8-12)
Background: The fight for women’s suffrage was a long and seemingly endless battle—it grew largely out of the abolitionist movement in the early to mid-1800s and ended after World War I with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The women who fought those long, hard years to see their goal come to fruition are heroes to all Americans, and their struggle to secure one of the most basic American rights for women deserves much attention.
This lesson attempts to expose students to the long road traveled to achieve the right to vote by the brave women who did so. It will not only serve to increase their awareness and understanding of the many people and issues surrounding the movement for women’s suffrage—and more broadly for equality for women—but also the impact World War I finally had upon making the 19th Amendment a reality.
Objective: Following this lesson, students will be able to:
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