March 27, 2015

Featured Source: For United America, YWCA

For united America, YWCA

The shields displayed on this poster represent the flags of various countries. Do some research to see how many countries you can identify and make a list. Zoom into a larger image of this poster. Look closely at the details. For what purpose do you think this poster was created? What details from the print and your own background knowledge helped you to reach that conclusion? How does your conclusion compare with the summary in the bibliographic record for this print, which suggests a … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Concerning the American Girl

Concerning the American girl

List the different career paths illustrated in this political cartoon. Did any surprise you? Why or why not? Political cartoons often contain irony? What example of irony do you find in this political cartoon? (If you need help, review the post Analyzing Primary Sources: Reading Cartoons.) What do you think were the "old ideals" of womanhood in 1904? What would you tell someone are the "old ideals" of womanhood today? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History

The girl on the land serves the nation's need Apply Y.W.C.A. Land Service Committee

Access ready-made primary source lessons and activities to learn how some incredible women throughout U.S. history helped advance the nation. Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote (woman suffrage teaching resources) Primary Source Learning: Women in the White House Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Music and U.S. Reform History: Stand Up and Sing Women in the Civil War: Ladies, Contraband and Spies Next, create your own primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Florence Kling Harding

The Ogden standard-examiner., March 06, 1921

Today in History–August 15–the Library of Congress features Florence Kling Harding, born on this date in 1860. An ardent support of woman suffrage, Kling Harding was the first first lady to have the right to cast a ballot for her husband (Warren G.). Kling Harding was also an adept business woman and brought a professional identity to the role of First Lady. Learn more about this remarkable woman whom President Harding referred to as his boss by visiting the Today in History section and clicking … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Women’s History

Penn[sylvania] on the picket line-- 1917

Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History Primary Source Sets Primary Source Spotlight: Woman Suffrage Activists Jane Addams Susan B. Anthony Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Carrie S. Burnham Emma Goldman Carrie Nation Lucretia Mott Rosa Parks Alice Paul Elizabeth Cady Stanton Mary Church Terrell Harriet Tubman Sojourner Truth Artists The Alcotts Marian Anderson Ella Fitzgerald Dorothy and Lillian Gish Julia Ward … [Read more...]

Today in History: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

The Rise of the Physician Feminine

Today in History–January 23–the Library of Congress features career pioneer Elizabeth Blackwell, who graduated from medical school on this date in 1849. She was the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Learn more about this trailblazing woman by visiting the Today in History section (scroll down) and clicking through to the links listed below. Group portrait of members of the Blackwell family outside on a lawn between 1880 and 1893 Letter, Elizabeth Blackwell to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nellie Bly Circles the Globe

Around the world in seventy-two days and six hours - reception of Nellie Bly at Jersey City on the completion of her journey

Today in History–January 25–the Library of Congress features Nellie Bly, who completed her circumnavigation of the globe on this day in 1890. This intrepid female reporter made the journey in just 72 days, using many different forms of transportation, including ship, train, jinricksha, sampan, horse, and burro. Learn more about this globetrotter and turn of the century transportation by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Nellie Bly Circled the Globe January … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alice Paul

Alice Paul, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, raising glass with right hand

Today in History–January 11–the Library of Congress features suffragist leader Alice Paul, born on this date in 1885. Learn more about the National Woman's Party by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources about Alice Paul and the woman suffrage movement. Alice Paul images from American Memory More Alice Paul images Historic newspaper coverage of Alice Paul Alice Paul books & articles Alice Paul correspondence & … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jane Addams & Hull House

Peace Delegates on NOORDAM -- Mrs. P. Lawrence, Jane Addams, Anita Molloy

Today in History–September 6–the Library of Congress features Jane Addams, born on this day in 1860. Addams went on to found Hull House, which provided welfare assistance to needy families and recreation facilities for poor children, and was awarded a Nobel peace prize in 1931. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about Jane Addams, Hull House, and women's history. Jane Addams stories from America's Library Jane … [Read more...]

Today in History: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Portrait of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Today in History–August 8–the Library of Congress features journalist, short-story writer and novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, born on this day in 1896. Rawlings received a Pulitzer prize for her novel The Yearling in 1938. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then take a look at this Rawlings image set. After, click the links below to access resources related to more women writers. Louisa May Alcott Nellie Bly Zora Neale Hurston Gertrude Stein Phyllis … [Read more...]