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Suffrage Mini Unit Study
honor of National Women's History Month, this mini-unit will explore
how women in the United States got the right to vote. It may come
as a surprise to many of our children that less than 85 years
ago their mothers would not have been allowed to cast a vote in
the presidential election, nor in any other elections throughout
the majority of the country. It wasn't until 1920, with the passage
of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that women gained
the right to vote in all elections.
Women and their supporters fought a long 72-year battle that began
with a national convention in Seneca Falls, New York led by Susan
B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott and ended
in a congressional vote championed by Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucy
Stone and Alice Paul. Along the way, women in New Zealand, Australia,
Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Austria, Canada, Estonia, Poland,
United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
and Sweden all were granted suffrage before women in the United
In this mini-unit study, you can: read about the history of women's
suffrage, learn about the famous women that led the movement,
read the 19th Amendment, hear the story of Susan B. Anthony and
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, see a suffrage history timeline, view
a list of countries around the world to learn when women could
vote in each, examine original photos and documents of suffragettes
and create a scrapbook out of them, find out who was opposed to
suffrage and read a script commemorating the suffrage movement.
Short overviews of the suffrage movement - one for grammar school
age and one for middle schoolers.
Biographies of leaders in the suffrage movement:
history timeline of women's suffrage in the United States:
around the world - tracking when women could vote:
Read the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
See articles in the New York Times on the ratification
of the 19th Amendment:
Hear and see the story of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady
Stanton in this multimedia presentation. To begin, click on the
left-hand side of the web page. To advance the presentation, click
on the page numbers at the bottom of the pop-up screen.
This site is a treasure chest of original, archival photos of
the women's suffrage movement. Look through this collection and
select 10 to 15 photos that you think tell a good story about
the movement. Either save them or print them out to create a digital
or paper scrapbook that uses these pictures to tell the story
of how women got the right to vote. Be creative and ad your own
narration to go along with the pictures.
a research project, find out who was opposed to women getting
the right to vote and why. List all of the reasons that were given
as to why women should not be allowed to vote, and write your
response to each one.
a group of friends or family members to read aloud this narrative
script on the history of the suffrage movement:
Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington,
Kathleen Bowen is living in Washington D.C. in 1917. This is a
turbulent time for both her family as well as her country. While
the prospect of war in Europe looms over everything, some of the
women in Kat's family are fighting a war of their own - for the
right to vote.
The book includes a timeline of women in politics as well as historical
photos of suffragettes.
Authors: Kathryn Lasky
Lists at: $10.95, Amazon Price: $8.76
more about the book on Amazon