Unladylike2020 (Grades 6-12)

Social Studies; Biography


Unladylike2020 honors the centennial of women's suffrage. These digital resources present the rich history of 26 little-known Progressive Era women, diverse in profession, race, ethnicity, geographical and class backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender expression, who broke barriers in then-male-dominated fields such as science, business, journalism, exploration, and the arts.

Touching on topics such as the labor movement, immigration, politics, civil rights, and women’s suffrage, these resources develop students’ historical thinking skills and help them make connections between past and present.

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This collection includes 65 videos which are accompanied by a variety of teaching materials from simple discussion questions and vocabulary, to art and primary source analysis as well as handouts to spark critical thinking and extensive teaching tips. Additionally, there is an in-depth interactive lesson that might work well as a culminating activity. 

These inspirational videos are somewhat longer than much of the content on PBS. Many average over 9 minutes so educators should be prepared to split the viewing time with some of the activities from the handouts to ensure that students continue to be engaged.