History of Women’s Rights

History of Women’s Rights

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.

History of Women’s Rights Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

About.com: International Woman Suffrage Timeline4 stars

"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.

History.com: The Fight for Women's Suffrage4 stars

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.

National Women's History Project: Resource Center5 stars

"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.

National Women's History Museum: Online Exhibits5 stars

"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."

Scholastic: History of Women's Suffrage5 stars

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.

History of Women’s Rights Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Infoplease: Women's Rights Movement

Living the Legacy: The Women's Rights Movement

Timeline of Women's Suffrage in the United States

Women's International Center: Women's History in America


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Feldman, Barbara. "History of Women’s Rights." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 6 Mar. 2012. Web. 1 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/history-of-womens-rights/ >.


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