I am hoping you will find my teaching resources of value to use in your classrooms. I taught for 33 1/2 years. I was awarded both the NY State Elementary Social Studies Teacher and the National Council for Social Studies Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year(1988). I am the author of over 30 books for children and teachers.
Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.
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"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
In 1978, a school district in California, organized a “Women’s History Week”. By 1981, Congress passed a resolution establishing a National Women’s History Week and in 1987, Congress created a month, March, to honor the contributions of women and to promote the teaching of women’s history.
The following information may be helpful for Women’s History Month. The 2016 theme for Women’s History Month is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”
At one time, women weren’t able to do many things because of their gender. Here are some women trailblazers. Being the first, made it easier for other women to follow in their footsteps. Every year, new firsts continue to be made by women. Here is just a sampling of firsts made by women.
First woman marine
First woman to receive a medical degree
Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Publisher/editor of first prominent women's rights newspaper
First woman to run underground railroad to help slaves escape
First woman to graduate from dental school
Arabella Mansfield Babb
First woman admitted to the bar to practice law
Frances Elizabeth Willard
First woman to become a college president (Evanston College)
Victoria Chaflin Woodhull
First woman to be presidential candidate
First woman to receive a Ph.D. degree (Boston University)
Belva Ann Lockwood
First woman to practice law before U.S. Supreme Court
Founder of the American Red Cross
Suzanna Madora Salter
First woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)
First women to win a Nobel Prize AND first person awarded TWO Nobel Prizes(as of 2016)
1903 AND 1911
Mary McLeod Bethune
First woman to establish secondary school that became 4-year accredited college
First woman to fly an airplane
First woman U.S. House Representative (Montana)
First African American Female pilot in USA and first AMERICAN to receive an international pilot’s license.
First woman governor of U. S. state (Texas)
First woman to be a passenger on an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean (1928)
and first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
First American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
Hattie Wyatt Caraway
First woman elected to U.S. Senate
First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
First woman to fly in space, aboard Vostok 6.
First woman to be named major general in U.S. Army
Sandra Day O'Connor
First woman a justice of the U. S. Supreme Court
Sally Kristen Ride
First American woman to reach outer space.
First woman to walk to North Pole
First woman citizen passenger on a space mission
Lt. Col. Eileen Collins
First American woman to pilot a Space Shuttle
Madeleine K. Albright
First woman Secretary of State and highest ranking woman in the U.S. government
First African-American woman to be appointed Secretary of State
First woman to become Speaker of the House
First woman to be in a presidential primary and caucus in every state
First African American First Lady
First woman to win the Best Director Award
Mary Barra became the first female CEO of General Motors
Women were allowed to compete in ski jumping events at the Winter Olympics for the first time!
Katie Higgins became the first female pilot of the Blue Angels(US Navy Flight demonstration squad)
First female United Sates Postmaster General
1. Are there any areas in which women still have yet to make a contribution?
2. What are 3 character traits of women who have been trailblazers? What would you list as 3 of your best character traits?
3. The last woman to be on a U.S.paper currency was Martha Washington! There is an effort to change that in the United Sates. Thirteen other countries already have a woman on their paper currency. http://www.womenon20s.org Which woman would you like to see on a $20 bill and why?
4. There is a Hispanic Heritage Month, a Native American Month, a Black History Month and a Women’s History Month. Why do you think such months were established? Do you think there is a need for such months to highlight different groups? Why, why not?
5. If you could interview a woman trailblazer(past or present), who would it be and why? What might be 2 questions you would ask of that person?
10. The last woman to be on a U.S.paper currency was Martha Washington! There is an effort to change that in the United Sates. Thirteen other countries already have a woman on their paper currency. http://www.womenon20s.orgWhich woman would you like to see on a $20 bill?