March is Women's History Month, and International Women's Day, March 8, is also a part of the celebration each year. For educators and students, the month provides a wonderful opportunity to dig deeper into women's contributions, struggles, and triumphs throughout history.
In the article "The Trouble With Women's History Month" from Teaching Tolerance, author Maureen Costello raises a great point about the need to add context. Although it's easy to highlight influential women, she writes, Women's History Month is also the perfect time for students to confront gender stereotypes and societal norms.
There's a lot to celebrate and discover in March and throughout the school year. This compilation includes some of the best classroom resources for incorporating Women's History Month into lessons plans and a short list of reading and other resources.
- TeachingHistory.org’s Women’s History Resources: This is a one-stop shop for diving deep into Women’s History Month. Here, educators will find learning resources, lesson plans, and a long list of quizzes and printables for the classroom.
- EDSITEment Women's History Resources: Produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities, these resources include featured lesson plans and teaching resources that cover women in politics, the arts, and military and civilian service. The comprehensive plans highlight time required and subjects covered, and they include worksheets and links to required reading and resources.
- Women's History Resources for Teachers: These resources from the Library of Congress encourage teachers and students "to put primary resources to work in the classroom." Featuring packaged lesson plans, this is a great resource. There are also wonderful audio and video resources, thorough primary source collections, and a number of timeless photo projects. You may also want to check out the Library's official Women's History Month page.
- Science NetLinks Women's History Collection: This Science NetLinks collection complements this year's WHM theme well, which looks at women in STEM fields. This page features science lesson plans and teaching resources for all students of all ages. Teachers can filter results by grade level, and there is also a great list of science-specific outside links to lesson plans.
- ReadWriteThink's Women's History: Here, educators will find thoughtful lesson plans, a list of links to online women's history resources, as well as after-school ideas for teaching women's history for parents. There are teacher-written lesson plans available for grades 3-12.
- Zinn Education Project's Women's History Resources: These lesson plans incorporate Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States," and they encourage classrooms to delve into American history by looking at our collective past through the eyes of everyday people. Instead of just highlighting iconic historical figures, these lessons look at history through the eyes of common women. (Note: access requires free registration.)
Reading Lists and Additional Collections for Students
There are so many great women's history reads and resources online, and it's hard to select just a few for students. But, hopefully, these reading lists and additional resource collections will help spark curiosity in your classrooms.
- A Collection of Teaching Resources for WHM, Scholastic Teachers
- The Origins of Women's History Month, HISTORY
- Women's History Lesson Plans, Share My Lesson
- The Best History Websites for WHM, EdTechTeacher
- WHM Videos, Articles, and Multimedia, Biography.com
- Women's History Month Reading Resources, TIME for Kids
- Women's History Month Reading List, Reading Rockets
- Celebrate Women's History, The New York Times' The Learning Network
- Women's History and Children's Books, Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
There are so many great women's history resources on the web, and we've highlighted just a few of our favorites. Did we miss anything? What resources do you plan to use in March?