Historically, if you weren’t wealthy, white, and male, access to formal education was limited. That never stopped women and girls from striving to get as much education as possible. Teaching and learning at kitchen tables, in church basements, in one-room classrooms, and at Ivy League universities, women continue to use their agency to push for equal educational access. According to findings published by the Pew Research Center in June 2019, women are now half of the U.S. college-educated workforce.
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Grades 6–12. Time: Variable (1–3 class periods). Aligned to CCSS standards.
In this lesson plan students will learn about Juliette Gordon Low's founding of the Girl Scouts in 1912 and how this helped change expectations of girls and their roles as community members and citizens. Students will examine the question: How can education change expectations of what girls can and should be?
Ella Jenkins, The First Lady of Children's MusicSmithsonian Folkways Recordings
Enjoy songs from groundbreaking children's performer Ella Jenkins.
Smithsonian American Women
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