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Not For Ourselves Alone
Track key events in the suffrage movement, delve into historic documents and essays, and take a look at where women are today.

PBS Kids: Not For Ourselves Alone
A look at the lives of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, for youger students.

American Experience
Explore the "American Experience" site for a variety of stories depicting the lives and influence of important women in U.S. history.

P.O.V.: "Shirley Chisolm"
Learn about the first African American woman to run for U.S. president.

Wide Angle: "Ladies First"
Learn how Rwanda is looking to its women to help strengthen the economy and society twelve years after the genocide.

Global Connections: Women in the Middle East
Examine the myths and facts about the role of women in Islamic and Middle Eastern societies.

Independent Lens: "Sisters of '77"
Learn how the 1977 National Women's Conference had a lasting impact on the women's movement.

Independent Lens: "Afghanistan Unveiled"
Expose students to the struggle women have been facing in post-war Afghanistan to secure their rights.

NewsHour: Women in the Military
Read the perspective of this student writer who argues that women have shown that they can fight just as well as the men and should be on the frontlines.

recommended web sites

Azcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz
The Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, is featured at this site from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Born in Cuba, Celia became a famous African-Caribbean singer, performed at the famous Tropicana cabaret in the 1950s, and left shortly after Castro came to power in 1960. A brief biography accompanies many still photos, 8 musical selections in the discography, and a visit to her dressing room where you can see the famous shoes and dresses she wore. Three lesson plans for grades K-12 explore immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. The entire site is also available in Spanish.
Subject: The Arts
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Stop Violence Against Women
The Women's Human Rights Program at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights covers a broad range of women's issues such as gender equality, trafficking in women, international law and policy, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and resources on specific countries in Central and Eastern Europe related to women's rights. Most topics have resources related to background information, research reports, law and policy, and training materials. Some documents are available in Russian.
Subject: Health & Fitness
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Political Culture and Imagery of American Woman Suffrage
The National Women's History Museum hosts an online exhibit chronicling the demand for women's right to vote in 1848 to 72 years later when women finally won that right. There are many images of buttons, ribbons, photos, posters, broadsides, and other graphics related to women's suffrage. Many of these icons were of Inez Milholland ("The Woman on the Horse"), idealized mothers, and winged heralds, most using the color gold as a symbol of suffrage. In the first pages of the exhibit is a link to the full text of "The Declaration of Sentiments" from the 1848 Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention. There is also a timeline and quiz.
Subject: Social Studies
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Conversations with History: Women's Rights
From the Conversations with History Archive at the University of California at Berkeley, this site focuses on women's rights where you can read transcripts of interviews with men and women activists and authors reflecting on securing women's rights. The timeline categorizes historical events, women in power, laws related to women's rights, and consciousness of women's rights. The classroom activities link to the New York Times Learning Network for lesson plans connected to McREL standards. The video clips don't download at this writing.
Subject: Health & Fitness
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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women publishes the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, described as an international bill of rights for women, defining what constitutes discrimination against women, and "sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination." In particular, the 1995 The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women resulted in the "Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action" found at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform/index.html Individual country reports are found for the 180 countries which have ratified the convention. The full text of the convention is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Subject: Social Studies
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recommended books

Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women
by Paula Goldman, Editor
Published March 2006
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts; The Arts
Three thousand women from 20 to 40 years old in 105 countries responded to the editor's call to submit art and writing that addressed the question: "What defines your generation of women?" The responses include photography, painting, poetry, fiction, songs, and essays. Goldman selected 105 responses from 57 countries. The work is organized in four sections dealing with personal, community, generational and national issues and the future.
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What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live
By Celinda Lake and Kellyanne Conway with Catherine Whitney
Published October 2005
Grades: 9-12; Professional Development
Subjects: Social Studies
The authors argue that women are bypassing traditional social and business structures and changing America. Two trend-spotters, one Left one Right, examine ten trends in marriage, family, children, workplace, home, work week, aging, health and beauty, budgeting, and politics identified in interviews, focus groups, and polls. An appendix provides data from two surveys.
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Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
By Catherine Thimmesh and Douglas B. Jones
Published August 2004
Grades: 3-5; 6-8
Subjects: Social Studies
A young girl's presidential aspirations are questioned, launching an exploration of the role of women in American politics. Readers meet influential first ladies, suffragettes, congresswomen, cabinet persons, Supreme Court justices, and presidential advisors. The U.S. is compared with other nations that include women in their governing bodies. We rank fifty-second. The book ends with a mosaic of the White House composed of photos of females and a timeline of women in politics from 1776-2003.
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Mama Went to Jail for the Vote
By Kathleen Karr and Malene Laugesen
Published April 2005
Grades: Prek-2; 3-5
Subjects: Social Studies
Susan Elizabeth's mother believes women should have the right to vote. Susan Elizabeth would rather play, but slowly she is won over to the cause by her mother's passion. When her mother is arrested and sent to jail for picketing outside the Capitol, Susan Elizabeth take her place on the picket line.
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The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman's Rights Convention
By Judith Wellman
Published September 2004
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Social Studies
Students interested in researching the roots of the Women's Rights Movement will find this examination of Stanton and the 1848 Woman's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York an excellent place to begin. Wellman describes the event within its social context and reveals how Stanton's leadership united radical Quakers, Abolitionists, and legal reformers to promote the belief that "All men and women are created equal."
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Where the Action Was: Women War Correspondents in World War II
By Penny Colman
Published February 2002
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Social Studies
The action preceding and during U.S. involvement in World War II was reported and photographed by 127 women correspondents. This photo-filled history is their story. Some like Martha Gellhorn and Margaret Bourke-White are well known, but many like Dickey Chapelle and Marguerite Higgins (both who died in Vietnam) may be unfamiliar. Thirteen chapters chronicle events leading up to WW II and events in the major theaters of action. The book lists print and Web resources for further research.
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A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull
By Kathleen Krull and Jane Dyer
Published August 2004
Grades: 3-5; 6-8
Subjects: Social Studies
In the 1872 presidential election U.S. Grant defeated Horace Greeley and Victoria Woodhull. At the time women didn't even have the right to vote. Krull traces Woodhull's rise from poverty to riches to presidential candidate to bankrupt to riches again. No study of the Women's Rights Movement is complete without the story of Victoria Woodhull.
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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World
By Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey, and Sean Addy
Published January 2005
Grades: 3-5; 6-8
Subjects: The Arts; Reading & Language Arts; Social Studies; Science & Technology
This ABC summarizes the lives of twenty-six women from around the world and spanning two centuries: adventurers, athletes, scientists, artists, politicians, writers, and more.
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