Lesson Plans and Activites:

1969 Rights Protest

Bring MAKERS to Your Classroom:

Makers.com has an extensive collection of stories from women who have shaped the past and continue to mold the future of America. Share their stories with students bringing history to life. These activities will help you incorporate the digital library of MAKERS.com into every classroom allowing students to learn more about the women they already know of and introducing them to even more extraordinary women.

Talking Points - Some suggestions for starting a conversation about the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America.

Suggestions for using MAKERS - Some general suggestion for using MAKERS.com including some MAKERS you may want to highlight.

K-8 Exercises - It's never to early to start the conversation about the role of women in society.

High School Exercises - Bring the MAKERS into your classroom with these exercises.

College Exercises - Open the conversation about the MAKERS in your college classroom.

MAKERS Calendar - Explore the best times to talk about the issues and the MAKERS who make America great.


Lesson Plans:

Discontent and Transformation

Students explore video segments from the documentary on the impact of the book “The Feminine Mystique” on post-World War housewives and application Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on gender discrimination. Students then examine several scenarios of possible gender discrimination and determine what laws might have been broken.


Discontent and Transformation PDF


1950's Housewife

Southern Bell

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972

Students examine various examples of gender discrimination and the video segments from the documentary and website that tell the story of Title IX’s impact on improving women’s athletic and academic achievement. Students then deliberate further expansion of Title IX provisions weighing the costs and benefits of Title IX.


Title IX PDF


Title IX


Civil Rights and the Women's Movement

In this lesson, students will take a survey on white and male privilege that explores race and gender inequality. They will then compare and contrast the experiences of African American and white women facing discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s.  In a culminating activity, students will then research current areas of discrimination and formulate an anti-discrimination campaign.


Civil Rights and the Women's Movement



Civil Rights

For All Women

ERA and Poltical Backlash

In this lesson, students will examine the Equal Rights Amendment and discuss its meaning. Students will gain an understanding of the amendment process as prescribed by Article V of the U.S. Constitution and the politically conservative backlash that led to the failure in passing the Equal Rights Amendment. In a final activity, students will debate several important claims made by supporters and opponents of the amendment in small debate teams.


ERA and Political Backlash



Stop ERA


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