Women


  • The Great War: Alice Paul and Women’s Suffrage

    Meet suffragist leader Alice Paul and learn about her undaunted fight for the right of women to vote, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Great War. Not wanting to be cast as unpatriotic, many women’s suffrage groups suspended their protests after the United States entered World War I in 1917. Paul and a small group of supporters continued their efforts. Paul accused President Woodrow Wilson of “obstructing the cause of democracy at home, while Americans were fighting for it abroad.” The publicity surrounding Paul’s imprisonment caused Wilson’s administration to come under attack. Wilson eventually decided to support women’s suffrage. This resource is a part of The Great War: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Primary Resources: My Day, Race Issues

    Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" was a syndicated newspaper column published from 1935 to 1962. Learn more about her attitude toward race issues with these excerpts, from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Primary Resources: My Day, Women Issues

    Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" was a syndicated newspaper column published from 1935 to 1962. Read excerpts about women's issues, from American Experience: "TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Primary Resources: My Day, Key Events

    Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" was a syndicated newspaper column published from 1935 to 1962. Read excerpts about Pearl Harbor, the Cold War and the space program -- all from American Experience: "TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Primary Resources: FBI Files

    While the FBI never launched a formal investigation of Eleanor Roosevelt, FBI references to her comprise one of the largest files in J. Edgar Hoover's collection. Learn more with these primary sources, from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Biography: Marian Anderson

    Marian Anderson had once been barred from performing in the nation's capital. She became an American musical icon. Explore Anderson's relation to the culture of her time with this biography from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Biography: Mary Mcleod Bethune

    As a small child, Mary Jane McLeod thought, "Maybe the difference between white folks and colored is just this matter of reading and writing." The seeds for a life of learning and teaching were planted. Her commitment to the improvement of educational opportunities for African Americans later resulted in a major federal appointment during the New Deal. Learn more with this biography from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Biography: Eleanor Roosevelt's Life

    Eleanor Roosevelt came to symbolize the independent and politically active woman of the 20th century. Learn more with this biography from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - Teacher's Resources: Teacher's Guide

    For more than 30 years, she was the most powerful woman in America. Niece of one president and wife of another, Eleanor Roosevelt was at the center of much of this century's history -- a charismatic woman of charm and of contradictions. Aristocratic in voice and manner, she was also "tough as nails," says historian Geoffrey Ward. Explore her role as First Lady during the New Deal, in this teacher's guide, from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Eleanor Roosevelt - General Article: Dressing the Part

    Born into middle-class, Victorian society with all of its rigidity and staunch conformity, Eleanor Roosevelt and other women of her era began to make great strides into the public sphere. Follow this story through women's clothing of the period, with an article and photographs from American Experience: "Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Emma Goldman - Maps: Red Emma on the Road

    Travel with reformer Emma Goldman across a cartographic catalog of her 1911 lecture tour. Learn more with this interactive map from American Experience: "Emma Goldman."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Emma Goldman - Mother Earth Magazine

    In 1906, Emma Goldman began spreading the word for radical reform with Mother Earth Magazine. But by 1918, the federal government had targeted subscribers for investigation. Read an issue of the magazine, from American Experience: "Emma Goldman."

    Grades: 9-12
  • FDR - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt traveled more than 40,000 miles during FDR's first year as president, reporting back to the White House on the New Deal. Watch more in this excerpt from American Experience: "FDR." This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Jimmy Carter - Rosalynn

    Rosalynn Carter was a major figure in her husband's campaigns and policy meetings. "She wanted to be more than a fashion plate and somebody who gave teas," says historian E. Stanly Godbold. Watch more in this excerpt from American Experience: "Jimmy Carter."

    Grades: 9-12
  • LBJ - Lady Bird Johnson

    Johnson proposed to Claudia Alta Taylor the day they met. Lady Bird became the "perfect political wife" for LBJ. Watch more in this excerpt from American Experience: "LBJ."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Murder of the Century - Sex, Money, and Murder

    In "Ragtime," E.L. Doctorow has Emma Goldman critique Evelyn Nesbit as a "creature of capitalism." In early 20th-century New York, Evelyn Nesbit became a celebrity caught up in a high-society murder. Who was Nesbit and what did the context of the scandal say about her society? Learn more about the issues resulting from the murder with these interviews from American Experience: "Murder of the Century."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Mary Pickford - Gallery: Mary Pickford and Her Public

    As a young girl she was reluctant to begin a career on the screen, but Mary Pickford's family depended on her income. By 1913, Pickford had become a cinema superstar -- and America's sweetheart -- creating a totally new way of acting that entranced audiences and left them spell-bound. Learn more with photographs of Pickford, from American Experience: "Mary Pickford."

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Midwife's Tale - Timeline

    Learn about the historical context to the experiences of post-Revolutionary Mainer, Martha Ballard as shared in her diary. Explore this timeline from American Experience: "A Midwife's Tale."

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Midwife's Tale - Teacher's Guide: Suggestions for Active Learning

    Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother, lived on the post-Revolutionary Maine frontier. Lead your students through a study of Martha and her diary with this teacher's guide from American Experience: "A Midwife's Tale."

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Midwife's Tale - Public Religion, Private Piety

    Public religion in early New England was based on the authority of a single church in each town that defined the experiences of the community. Learn more about early New England religion with this article from American Experience: "A Midwife's Tale."

    Grades: 9-12

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