March is Women’s History Month in the United States so I thought I’d prepare another “The Best…” list.
I usually have my U.S. History students make a poster about a well-known woman in history as well as a woman who they have known personally and who they admire.
As with all the sites on my lists, they need to be accessible to English Language Learners.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Women’s History, not in order of any preference. Unless I’ve noted otherwise, these sites are all primarily resources for accessible biographies of famous women:
* Scholastic’s Women Who Changed History
* The Encyclopedia Britannica has a section called 300 Women Who Changed The World.
* The History Channel’s Women’s History Month site, which also includes a lot of multimedia resources.
* The National Educational Association has many resources for Women’s History Month, including lesson plans.
* The Smithsonian has an online exhibition called Women Of Our Time. It focuses on influential women of the twentieth century.
* The California Museum has a Remarkable Women Trail feature on its website. A display of a map of California shows images of remarkable women. Click on one of them, and you get an accessible biography, images, and videos. Visitors to the site can also submit information about other women they think should be included.
* Women’s Rights: A Pictorial History is from Awesome Stories, and is very accessible to English Language Learners. It looks like you can view this feature without subscribing, but it’s free to subscribe anyway.
International Women’s Day occurs every March 8th. Here is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee showing how it is celebrated around the world.
The New York Times has created an interactive of “reader submitted photographs from around the world that illustrate the importance of educating girls and empowering women.”
Women’s History Month Across the Curriculum comes from the New York Times Learning Network.
The Wall Street Journal has a slideshow titled Marking International Women’s Day, and it shows how it was celebrated around the world.
The Weekly Reader has some nice online and downloadable resources on their Women’s History page.
“A Brief History Of Women In Power” is the title of a TIME Magazine slideshow.
“The 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century” is an accessible feature from TIME Magazine.
The Biography Channel has a very impressive collection of resources.
Gender Gap is an interesting interactive from The Wall Street Journal.
Using The New York Times for Teaching and Learning About Women is another excellent resource from The New York Times Learning Network.
International Women’s Day: Voices from around the world – interactive comes from The Guardian.
16 Of History’s Most Rebellious Women is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Celebrating 100th Women’s Day is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Women’s History is a great lesson collection from The Zinn Education Project.
Photo Essay: International Women’s Day 2011 comes from PBS.
100 years of scientific breakthroughs – by women is a slideshow from The Guardian.
Worst places in the world for women is an interactive from The Guardian.
International Women’s Day: political rights around the world mapped is a good interactive from The Guardian.
The Biography Channel has a Women’s History Timeline.
I’m unclear where this Gender Inequality Index Around The World gets its information from, but it does seem useful and accessible.