As Women’s History Month returns in March, 2019, students can learn about the thousands of suffragists who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913 (24 photos).
Many of the 500,000 spectators were not supportive of the nonviolent protest, injuring 200 marchers and sending 100 of them to the hospital.
The collection of front pages from suffrage journals and city newspapers show the negative response to abuse of women during the 1913 march in Washington from some newspapers, as well as the New York Times’ decision to bury news of the march in a story about Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration preparations.
The publications give students a view of contemporary events surrounding the suffragist movement.
In addition to honoring women scientists of the last 100 years, including Nobel Prize winners, the National Women’s History Project’s 2013 Gazette featured student scientists who have achieved recognition as well as student programs run by women’s organizations.
On page 3 the gazette highlights Deepika Kurup, a then 14-year-old New Hampshire resident who developed a solar powered water purification jug.Look down to “Tools” for most of the middle grades resources, including 4000 years of women scientists and mathematicians in brief sketches from the University of Alabama’s Department of Physics & Astronomy and 20 recent women leaders from NASA.The Biography Channel provides sketches of varying length on well-known women scientists, many of them American and some with videos.In the NYT article, The Many Roles of Women in War: Sniper, Pilot, Death Camp Guard by Navy veteran Andrea N.Goldstein, students can discover how women in and out of service, in the US and beyond, responded to WW II.Students can learn how to gather oral histories and read a collection of them.Elsewhere, the Library of Congress hosts Women’s History Month for Teachers, with links to several federal agencies.Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business “The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force.Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.” National Women’s History Project The 2016 theme was Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.In addition, the Gazette reports on PBS’s Sci Girls, a show with tween girls enjoying STEM projects, as well as the Girl Scouts’ STEM focus. Students who want to understand the place of women in military endeavors can start with Women Warriors from 3500 BC to the 20th Century, a website by Nicky Saunders.The brief descriptions Saunders has gathered by century not only give a very wide overview of women fighters but also can serve as a jumping off point for further study.