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The Woman's Rights Movement

Class discussion about male support of the woman's rights movement and the connections between this movement and the anti-slavery movement; paper assignment comparing the position of white women and the position of slaves in American society.

The Oneida Community and Birth Control

Class discussion of Oneida Community's practices of communal marriage and birth control; paper assignment asking students to write a review of a book from one of several standpoints; discussion of implications of Oneidan beliefs and practices for women.

Woman Suffrage in Colorado

Discussion of the political process in the United States, with Colorado Woman Suffrage as a case study; in-class comparison of reasons for suffrage failure in 1877 and success in 1893; class debate from pro- and anti-woman suffrage viewpoints; in-class discussion based on reading assignments about political coalitions; examination of political cartoons; discussion of what the Colorado example can illuminate about the national fight for woman suffrage.

The Campaign to Raise the Age of Consent

Class discussion focused on middle-class women's views of female sexuality and the double standard; exploration of the methods used by reformers in the campaign; investigation of changing views of female sexuality and attitudes toward prevention of immorality; short paper assignment focusing on a comparison of the resolutions of the National Colored Woman's Congress and the social purity activities of the WCTU; long paper assignment asking students to compare and contrast the arguments various reformers used to support the age-of-consent campaign.

African-American Women and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union

Class discussion of black and white women's temperance activism among African-Americans in the South; group work and discussion regarding the controversy between Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells.

African-American Women and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Class discussion of the debate over the publication and distribution of Ida B. Well's pamphlet, The Reason Why; exploration of the conception of African-American citizenship articulated by three African-American women in 1894.

The National Association of Colored Women

Class discussion of the gender perspective of NACW activists as well as attitudes toward race within the NACW; small group writing and discussion exercise focusing on cooperation between black and white activist women.

Middle-Class Women Provide Maternity Health Services for Immigrant Women

Class discussion of goals of the Women's City Club of New York and the functioning of the Maternity Center; writing assignment expanding on class discussion exploring the underlying class and ethnic tensions between Maternity Center staff and the mothers they were trying to reach.

The National Woman's Party and the Enfranchisement of Black Women

Exploration of racism within the National Woman's Party; discussion of the exclusion of African-American women from the National Woman's Party Convention in 1921; writing assignment focusing on a later National Woman's Party event in which African-Americans were also excluded.

The Birth Control Movement

Class discussion exploring differences in strategy between two birth control activists as well as in-class group work analyzing Catholic arguments against birth control; in-class debate between pro- and anti-birth control activists; optional written assignment in preparation for the debate.

The following teaching strategies have been added since the Teacher's Corner was last updated:

The American Association of University Women, 1900-1940

Illinois Factory Inspection, 1893-1897

Lucretia Mott's Commitments to Antislavery and Women's Rights, 1840-1860

The New York City Shirtwaist Strike, 1909-1910

Oberlin Women Students' Participation in Antebellum Social Movements, 1831-1861

The Reform Agenda of the Minnesota Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1878-1917

Susanna Rowson and the Reform of Women's Education, 1780-1820

Women Peace Activists and the Red Scare in the 1920s

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Campaign against Chemical Warfare, 1913-1930


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