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HS Unit II: Women's Struggle for Equal Rights, 1825 - 1930 Lesson C: The Trail Blazers
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Key Questions

  1. Why is it important for women to have access to the same opportunities as men?
  2. What changes have resulted from women's participation in the paid work force?
  3. In which fields do women in the U.S. still find it difficult to participate fully? Why?

Activity 1: Women Making History
Activity 2: The Work of a Nobel Peace Prizewinner
Activity 3: Creative Extensions
Primary Sources
Related Mass Moments

"Maria Mitchell Discovers Comet"
Nantucket’s “lady astronomer” became a star.

"Christian Scientists Dedicate Mother Church"
Mary Baker Eddy founded a lasting religious movement.

"Dr. Susan Dimock Begins Medical Residency"
Women were unwelcome at American medical schools.

"Henrietta Leavitt Buried in Cambridge"
Miss Leavitt had “the best mind at the [Harvard] Observatory.”

"Emily Greene Balch Born"
Emily Balch won the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize.

"WW II Sends Record Number of Bay State Women to Work"
She did “the job he left behind.”

"Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers Dies"
The longest-serving woman in Congressional history worked for veterans’ rights.

"Frances Perkins Born in Boston"
The first woman to hold a cabinet post headed the Department of Labor.

"Margaret Marshall Appointed to Supreme Judicial Court"
The South African-born justice made controversial rulings.

lesson image credit: The steam roller, illustrated in Judge, v. 72 (1917 March 17); Library of Congress