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19th Century Women: Struggle and Triumph
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Ever wonder what women were doing during the 1800s or what is known as the antebellum period of United States history? Men are well represented in our history books as they were the powerful, educated leaders of our country. Women, on the other hand, rarely had opportunities to tell their stories. Powerful stories of brave women who helped shape the history of the United States are revealed to students through journals, letters, narratives and other primary sources. Synthesizing information from the various sources, students write their impressions of women in the Northeast, Southeast, or the West during the Nineteenth Century.

Subject:
U.S. History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
LOC Teachers
Date Added:
03/27/2007
American Authors: American Women Authors, Spring 2003
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Examines in detail the works of several American authors. Through close readings of poetry, novels, or plays, subject addresses such issues as literary influence, cultural diversity, and the writer's career. Topic: American Women Authors. This subject, crosslisted in Literature and Women's Studies, examines a range of American women authors from the seventeenth century to the present. It aims to introduce a number of literary genres and styles- the captivity narrative, slave novel, sensational, sentimental, realistic, and postmodern fiction- and also to address significant historical events in American women's history: Puritanism, the American Revolution, industrialization and urbanization in the nineteenth century, the Harlem Renaissance, World War II, the 60s civil rights movements. A primary focus will be themes studied and understood through the lens of gender: war, violence, and sexual exploitation (Keller, Rowlandson, Rowson); the relationship between women and religion (Rowlandson, Rowson, Stowe); labor, poverty, and working conditions for women (Fern, Davis, Wharton); captivity and slavery (Rowlandson, Jacobs); class struggle (Fern, Davis, Wharton, Larsen); race and identity (Keller, Jacobs, Larsen, Morrison); feminist revisions of history (Stowe, Morrison, Keller); and the myth of the fallen woman (take your pick). Essays and inclass reports will focus more particularly on specific writers and themes and will stress the skills of close reading, annotation, research, and uses of multimedia where appropriate. A classroom electronic archive has been developed for this course and will be available as a resource for images and other media materials.

Subject:
Literature
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kelley
Wyn
Date Added:
01/01/2003
American Aviatrixes: Women with Wings
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Throughout the early twentieth century, women looked to break new ground in ways never before possible, and the sky literally became the limit. As the nation moved into the aviation age, many women saw flying as a way to break out of traditional societal roles. It gave women not just an opportunity for adventure and excitement, but a way to earn a living outside of the home that demanded respect. Aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law described it, after defeating the cross-country distance record: "There is an indescribable feeling which one experiences in flying; it comes with no other form of sport or navigation. It takes courage and daring; one must be self-possessed, for there are moments when one's wits are tested to the full. Yet there is an exhilaration that compensates for all one's efforts." In this exhibition we explore the early history of aviation and the courageous women who took to the skies—aviatrixes who found freedom, broke new ground, and inspired generations of women along the way. This exhibition was created as part of the DPLA’s Digital Curation Program by the following students as part of Professor Debbie Rabina’s course "Information Services and Sources" in the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute: Megan DeArmond, Diana Moronta, Laurin Paradise.

Subject:
U.S. History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Pratt Institute
Provider Set:
DPLA Exhibitions
Author:
Diana Moronta
Megan DeArmond
Date Added:
03/01/2015
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Gender Roles
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This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are built, defined, and fulfilled on an individual and societal level. These roles are both an outcome of and rationale for appearance, behavior, and interactions of individuals and groups. Such concepts of gendered behavior are impacted by various factors including one's age, geographic location, social class, religion, marital status, and ethnicity. In this unit, students explore the dynamics of gender in the Arab world and consider their varied manifestations, perhaps challenging traditional notions of gender in the region. Students will explore the nuances of gendered interactions in public and private space and the pressures that gender expectations may place on individuals in the region. By engaging with texts and stories from the region, students will consider how those traditional expectations are negotiated and contested in a variety of ways.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization, Spring 2005
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Studies the relation between imaginative texts and the culture surrounding them. Emphasizes ways in which imaginative works absorb, reflect, and conflict with reigning attitudes and world views. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Topic for Fall: Ethical Interpretation. Topic for Spring: Women Reading, Women Writing. The course examines the earliest emergence of stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in the context of the first wave of British Imperialism and the expanded powers of the Catholic Church during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The morphology of Arthurian romance will be set off against original historical documents and chronicle sources for the English conquests in Brittany, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland to understand the ways in which these new attitudes towards Empire were being mythologized. Authors will include Bede, Geoffrey of Monmouth, ChrĚŠtien de Troyes, Marie de France, Gerald of Wales, together with some lesser known works like the Perilous Graveyard, the Knight with the Sword, and Perlesvaus, or the High History of the Holy Graal. Special attention will be paid to how the narrative material of the story gets transformed according to the particular religious and political agendas of each new author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Cain
James
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Beloved by Toni Morrison
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This collection uses primary sources to explore Toni Morrison's Beloved. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Subject:
Literature
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
Primary Source Sets
Author:
Melissa Strong
Date Added:
01/20/2016
Birth Control- Implant
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This is a SoftChalk about the Birth Control Implant. It talks about what it is, how to use, how much it costs, and more. By the end of the lesson you will be able to identify what the birth control implant is, explain how the implant works, discuss its pros and cons, and identify cost options.

Subject:
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Paige Bolton
Date Added:
12/17/2016
CFR InfoGuide: Child Marriage
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) InfoGuide on Child Marriage examines the link between child marriage and poverty, poor health, curtailed education, and violence, and demonstrates how this practice harms not only entire families, communities, and economies, but also U.S. interests around the world. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.

Subject:
World Cultures
World History
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Case Study
Interactive
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
01/16/2018
CFR InfoGuide: Modern Slavery
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) InfoGuide on Modern Slavery examines the forces driving slavery and the many forms it has taken, including debt bondage in India, forced labor in North Korea, and human trafficking in Europe and the United States. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.

Subject:
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Case Study
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Module
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
01/25/2018
CFR Interactive Report: Women's Participation in Peace Processes
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The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) Women and Foreign Policy program analyzes how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives. The CFR Interactive Report "Women's Participation in Peace Processes" provides compelling evidence about the value of women’s contributions to peace processes around the world.

Subject:
World History
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Interactive
Module
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
12/21/2017
The Contemporary American Family, Spring 2004
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The role of the family in human evolution, and as a symbol in our own social and political lives. Topics include: sex, marriage, and parenting; the labor market; class, race, and ethnicity; and the family's probable future. We begin by considering briefly the evolution of the family, its cross-cultural variability, and its history in the West. We next examine how the family is currently defined in the U.S., discussing different views about what families should look like. Class and ethnic variability and the effects of changing gender roles are discussed in this section. We next look at sexuality, traditional and non-traditional marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, and family policy. Controversial issues dealt with include day care, welfare policy, and the "Family Values" debate.

Subject:
U.S. History
Anthropology
Economics
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jackson, Jean Elizabeth
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Conversations with History: Global Capitalism, Labor Markets, and Inequality
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard labor economist Richard B. Freeman for a discussion of globalization and its complex consequences for inequality in national and global contexts. He analyzes the implications of the feminization of the labor market, the effect of immigration on national job markets, the shift of policy innovation in the U.S. from the federal government to the states, and the benefits of international labor standards. (57 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/28/2007
Conversations with History: Islamic Societies, with Ira Lapidus
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Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on the Berkeley campus joins Harry Kreisler to discuss Islam, its relation to politics, the treatment of women in Islamic societies, and how an understanding of Islamic history might inform U.S. foreign policy. (54 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Political Science
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/17/2007
Conversations with History: Justice in Rwanda and the Rights of Women, with Alice Karekezi
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In this edition, lawyer and human rights activist Alice Karekezi joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to reflect on the plight of women in Rwanda and the importance of making their struggle part of the human rights agenda. (60 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
10/06/2003
Conversations with History: Securing the Rights of Women, with Ambassador Anita Gradin
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Harry Kreisler, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, in a conversation with Ambassador Anita Gradin, former European Union Commissioner from Sweden. (27 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
07/31/2005
Conversations with History: The Women's Movement in Historical Perspective, with Ruth Rosen
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In this edition, historian Ruth Rosen talks with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler about the evolution of the women's movement and its impact on future generations of women. (55 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
12/06/2005