Celebrate Women’s Equality in Your Classroom

By Vicki Grisanti

Make classroom learning relevant and memorable by inviting students to create their own ballot box and see democracy in action! In July 1848, the first women’s rights convention took place in Seneca, New York. At the Seneca Falls Convention, women and some men gathered to discuss ideas to advance women’s rights and they wrote a Declaration of Sentiments, which included giving women the right to vote. And yet, it would take more than 30 years for that central idea to become a ratified amendment to the Constitution. 

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified by U.S. Secretary of State Colby, and women finally achieved the right to vote throughout the United States.

Opportunities arise when groups of people come together with passion, dedication, and purpose. That’s exactly what littleBits seeks to do for our community. Sharing our passion and commitment to education with creative and thoughtful lessons to engage students.

We created this post as a way to show you how you can make connections to history, in this case, by honoring Women’s Equality Day, with hands-on STEAM learning. Here’s an invention and lesson you can use to bring history to life as you teach students about the women’s suffrage movement. The lesson engages students in critical thinking and addresses Common Core ELA standards. This take on a dynamic ballot box is an engaging, hands-on way to bring the election experience to life and invite critical conversation about democracy and equal rights.

Invite your students to celebrate Women’s Equality Day to learn how individuals and a strong community can bring about big change.

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