October 15, 2018

Collection Spotlight: Works by Civil War Era African American Women

These digitized works were written by and about African American women who lived during the U.S. Civil War and include autobiographies, biographies, children’s books, novels, poetry, speeches and more. The authors and the works are listed below; click the section headers to access links to the online works. Some authors also have related resource links. Autobiographies & BiographiesSarah H. Bradford 1818-1912Harriet, the Moses of Her People 1886 Scenes in the Life of … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman’s Work

Look carefully at the photograph above and respond to the following questions.What do you notice first? What else do you see? What details can you point to? What might those details tell you about this woman and what she is doing? What might those details tell you about why this photo was taken, or the purpose it might have served? What questions do you have?Now review the bibliographic record for this image, then this set of related images. Were any of your previous … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg portraitRuth Bader Ginsburg Notes for oral arguments in Duren v. Missouri November 1, 1978Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate One Hundred Third Congress First Session on the Nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to Be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States July 20, 21, 22, and 23, 1993More Ruth Bader Ginsburg confirmation sourcesSupreme Court decisions written by Ruth Bader GinsburgJustice Ruth Bader … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women Photojournalists

Below you will find links to biographies, images, and more resources related to women photojournalists from the Library of Congress. Late 1800s and early 1900s Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942)bio Ladies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016 Birches at the Sprague Smith Studio (source record | curator note) More Jessie Tarbox Beals photographs Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals in New York newspapers historical newspaper coverage of Jessie Tarbox … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916. Learn more about this remarkable citizen by clicking the links below.Primary sourcesJeanette Rankin image set "'Wonder-Woman' is Miss Jeannette Rankin; Will be First of Sex to Sit in Congress" Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), November 11, 1916 "I can't vote for war" Jeanette Rankin in Atlanta Journal April 6, 1917 Ms. Jeanette Rankin: The Lady from Montana The New York Times … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Esther Bubley

Esther Bubley images +2,000Esther Bubley biographical information & collection guideWomen Come to the Front: Esther Bubley background information & select imagesLadies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016Women Photojournalists Picture This January 8, 2016Documenting America, 1935-1943: The Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photo Collection streaming webcastEsther Bubley Photography Archive  … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Zoom into left half of this map (.pdf or online) to answer the following questions about the Women's Rights National Historical Park.Where is it and how would you get there from where you live? Why did the National Park Service choose this location? What would you do if you visited the park?Read the timeline half of the map (.pdf or online), then choose one section to research further. Search for the event or person on this website and elsewhere. Prepare a brief presentation on … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan photosBetty Friedan The Feminine Mystique 1963A Conversation with Betty Friedan streaming webcast'The Revolution Is Not Over' Betty Friedan on Women Changing America Library of Congress Information Bulletin April 2005 - Vol. 64, No. 4109 HRES 695 IH: Honoring the life and accomplishments of Betty Friedan109 HCON 475 IH: To congratulate the National Organization of Women on its 40th anniversaryFirst Measured Century: Interview: Betty Friedan PBSBetty … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Shirley Chisholm

U.S. legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Representative Shirley Chisholm 1969-1983U.S. legislation related to Representative Shirley Chisholm 1984 to presentShirley Chisholm image setDiplomat oral histories mentioning Shirley Chisholm (search the .pdf documents for Chisholm)Aaron Dixon civil rights oral history transcript discussing Shirley Chisholm"Women on the Ballot" Library of Congress Magazine January/February 2017 (pp. 16-19)"Women on the Move" Library of … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Perceptions & Roles of American Women

Enduring understandingTime, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues.Essential questionHow have perceptions of women in America and their roles in society evolved over time?Lesson prepReview and read all primary sources. Prepare primary sources for online or paper analysis. Have packs of sticky notes (three different colors) available.Lesson planDivide students into three or six groups and instruct each group complete one of the … [Read more...]