Women’s History Month in the Classroom: Teaching Resources and Activities to Celebrate Pioneering Women

MARCH 09, 2021

March is Women’s History Month. At iCivics, March has always been a meaningful time as we celebrate pioneering women like our founder, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice. For educators and students, this month also provides an opportunity to celebrate the myriad accomplishments of American women. To get you excited about bringing this celebration into the classrooms, we’re highlighting resources to inspire celebration and discussion around women’s contributions, struggles, and triumphs throughout history. 

Students and the Struggle for School Integration

In this video, part of our new student-facing video series,students learn about the activism of teenager Barbara Johns, who organized over 400 students to protest in support of better conditions at their segregated high school in Prince Edward County, Virginia. This protest would lead to a lawsuit that became one of the five cases represented in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.

Founding Mothers

We’ve heard a lot about the role the Founding Fathers played in the early United States, but what role did our Founding Mothers play? This mini-lesson looks at the contributions of women in the Revolutionary War and the founding of the U.S. 

Movement & Action: The Women’s Suffrage Movement

How did women win the right to vote? What civic actions were taken to gain political equality? In this WebQuest, students will learn about four civic tactics that supporters of women's suffrage took to move the nation to ratify the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Explore the History of Voting Rights in America

Dive into voting rights! Our latest customizable Google Slide Deck that provides an overview of voting in the U.S. from the 19th amendment and beyond— exploring the evolution of voting and how disenfranchised groups gained the right to vote.