Although it is easy to take women's modern day rights for granted, women have not always had the right to vote and own property. In fact, in some countries, women are still considered to be their husband's property, and have very few rights on their own. This week's roundup of sites explores the history of women's rights, the progress women have made, and the advantages society gets from their contributions.
"When did various nations give all women the right to vote? Many gave it in steps -- some locales gave the vote for local elections first, or some racial or ethnic groups were excluded until later." Find out exactly when women first began receiving suffrage (the right to vote) and stand for political office by browsing through this timeline. Links to other timelines include a state-by-state timeline and a US women's suffrage events timeline.
Did you know that black men received the right to vote in US elections back in 1870, but that women did not receive that right until 50 years later? Women in the US have not even been able to vote for 100 years, but they have been fighting for this right for much longer than that. This detailed history is augmented with photo galleries and videos about the women behind the suffrage movement and the women who currently benefit from it by becoming leaders in politics.
"The National Women's History Project, founded in 1980, is a non-profit educational organization committed to recognizing and celebrating the diverse and significant historical accomplishments of women." Click on the Biography Center link in the left-hand menu for a comprehensive list of major figures in the women's rights movement with short summaries of their contributions. The Teacher's Lounge link offers creative ideas for teaching about women's rights in the classroom.
"Did you know that TV chef Julia Child was a spy during WWII? This exhibit covers women in the intelligence community from the American Revolution through the Cold War."
Using a combination of photos and bright graphics, these virtual museum exhibits are quite enticing. Subjects include Chinese-American women, female spies, women in the Olympics, female presidential candidates, and women in film. Hover over each photo and caption for a summary, then click on through to the exhibit for histories, facts, more photos, and additional sources.
When women with US citizenship gained suffrage, they were enfranchised with the ability to head to the ballots, be they municipal, provincial, or federal. Don't understand all those fancy terms? Read a history of women's suffrage in the United States, Great Britain, and other countries, while referring to the handy vocabulary list to the right-hand side of the page. After the history lesson, try your hand at the "Show What You Know" quiz.