Woman's Rights Movement
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
The Oneida Community and Birth Control
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.
Suffrage in Colorado
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.
Campaign to Raise the Age of Consent
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.
Women and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union
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.
Women and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair
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.
National Association of Colored Women
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.
Women Provide Maternity Health Services for Immigrant Women
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.
National Woman's Party and the Enfranchisement of Black Women
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.
Birth Control Movement
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.