Civics 101: Voting Rights, Women’s Equality Day, and Constitution Day
It’s a little bit the perfect storm. Tomorrow is Women’s Equality Day, Constitution Day is in a few weeks, and Kansas is encouraging schools across the state to develop civic engagement programs.
So it seems like a good time to share a few lessons and resources that focus on voting rights. Use the resources below to help your students develop context, connect past events with contemporary issues, and practice historical thinking skills.
Women’s Equality Day & Women’s Suffrage
Established in 1973 and celebrated on August 26, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 1920 passing of the 19th Amendment which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to US citizens on the basis of sex.
- Women’s Equality Day resources
National Women’s History Project
- How Women Ran for Office Before They Were Even Guaranteed the Right to Vote
- Iron Jawed Angels
The 2005 HBO movie documenting the work of suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and their imprisonment and hunger strike. Clips are also available online. Study Guide and lesson plan.
- Women’s Suffrage: Their Rights and Nothing Less
Library of Congress
- Women’s Suffrage in the United States
- The Role of the Media in Women’s Suffrage Movements
Suffrage and the Media
- Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage
- Securing the Right to Vote: The Selma-to-Montgomery Story
- The Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights
- Congress Protects the Right to Vote: The Voting Rights Act of 1965
- To Vote or Not to Vote
- Voting Rights
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