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Resources by Subject: Women's Rights & History

Resources, links, and subject pages for research topics and teacher's projects

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History of Women's Rights in America

Women's Right National Historical Park

Nestled in the quaint Upstate New York town of Seneca Falls is one of America’s most important landmarks—The Women’s Rights National Historical Park.  Created by an Act of Congress in 1980, the Park celebrates the First Woman’s Rights Convention held in July of 1848 and honors the early leaders of this struggle for equal rights for women in the United States.

Facsimile of the Declaration of Womens' Right Document

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House


Susan B. Anthony Quotes

"Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself."

Francisco Chronicle facsimile of Anthony and Stanton article captioned "The Champions of Woman Suffrage."

Susan B. Anthony, Education Reformer

Ella Salome Wilcoxen, first woman to graduate from the University of Rochester, class of 1901.

Ella Salome Wilcoxen, first woman to graduate from the University of Rochester, class of 1901.

In the 1890s, Anthony organized a committee to raise $50,000 to ensure the admittance of women into the University of Rochester. In a last-minute effort to meet the deadline, she pledged the cash value of her life insurance policy. 

Sept. 26, 1909: International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Strike

Did you know there was a strike before the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911?

On Sept. 26, 1909, Local 25 of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) declared a strike against the Triangle Shirtwaist Company...

Clara Lemlich | Zinn Education Project

Women's Rights: 1800's through 1920's

The 19th Amendment

National Archives Womens' Rights Page: A 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration

US National Archives logo and link

Equal Rights Amendment

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Has your state ratified the Equal Rights Amendment?

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In her remarks as she introduced the Equal Rights Amendment in Seneca Falls in 1923, Alice Paul sounded a call that has great poignancy and significance over 80 years later:

 "If we keep on this way they will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1848 Convention without being much further advanced in equal rights than we are…If we had not concentrated on the Federal Amendment we should be working today for suffrage…We shall not be safe until the principle of equal rights is written into the framework of our government."

Women & Girls: Today

Empowering Women and Girls

Here are five ideas for educators of young girls that could make a big difference.

  1. Set a good example. ...
  2. Give them a voice. ...
  3. Create allies. ...
  4. Focus on power and privilege. ...
  5. Challenge them.

5 Types of Female Empowerment


Social empowerment strengthens women's social relations and their positions in social structures.  Their contributions to society are recognized and valued on their merit rather than discounted because they are created by women. 


There are still places in the world that deny education to girls. This takes away a fundamental skill everyone has the right to: knowledge. Education can make girls self-sufficient and gives people access to the development of social, political, intellectual, and religious consciousness, and can discourage the growth of intolerance.


Economic disadvantage can take away access to becoming empowered. Taking away the factors behind economic disadvantage allows women to share control over the material, human, intellectual, and financial resources.


Having a voice in politics can contribute to women having political influence which would not only give a voice to those who haven’t had a voice in how things are governed, but it would also allow the possibility of policies and programs being put into place that would work with these discriminated groups.


Psychological empowerment aligns with social empowerment and can build self-confidence, help women recognize their self-worth, and gives them the chance to take control of their income and body.



Women's History Resources and Websites

Free to Use and Reuse: Women's History Month

The images in this collection are in the public domain and can be copied or posted in your classroom. These images are a great way to spark curiosity about women's history. You can use the women's history document collections as well.

US National Archives logo and link


The Archives Library Info Center has organized credible web links on women's history by subject. (e.g. politics, military, etc)

Women's History Month

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. This page at the National Archives has resources to support teaching on the Susan B Anthony Amendment.

National womens history museum

Digital Classroom Resources

Explore all of the resources the National Women’s History Museum has created.  There are lesson plans, biographies, posters, primary sources, and more. You can search by topic, theme, or resource type. 

Women on the Web

Looking for women scientists? women veterans? women engineers? women from all parts of the world, women coding? This collection is for you. Each site has a brief description to get you right to the information you need.

NY Time Obits Overlooked

Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, we’re adding the stories of other remarkable people.

Teaching and Learning About Women’s History With The New York Times

“New York Women in a New Light” was a 15-minute immersive film for the New-York Historical Society’s planned Center for the Study of Women’s History <a href="">Related Article</a>



Where are the women?


UNLADYLIKE2020 is a series of 26 short films and a one-hour documentary profiling diverse and little-known American women from the turn of the 20th century, and contemporary women who follow in their footsteps. This PBS’s American Masters is presented in honor of the centennial of women's suffrage.



Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.