Central Wisconsin History Collaborative

A Teaching American History Grant Project    


Women's and Gender History


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Lesson Plans & Misc.



Titles in red are scholarly publications.  Books recommended for the classroom follow below.

  • Good Wives, Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, (1982).
  • Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1775-1783, Mary Beth Norton (1980).
  • Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America, Linda Kerber, (1980).
  • Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution, Thomas Dublin, (1994).
  • Elizabeth Leonard, All the Daring of the Solider: Women of the Civil War Armies (1999).
  • Jacqueline Jones, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work , and the Family Since Slavery (1985).
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in American Civil War (1996).
  • Adler, David.  A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt.  Holiday House, 1991.   A brief account of the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt.  Rd Lvl: 5.2
  • Brewster, Hugh.  Anastasia's Album.  Scholastic Inc., 1997.  Photographs and excerpts from personal letters tell the story of Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, who is believed to have been executed along with the rest of her family during the Russian revolution in 1918.  Rd Lvl: 5.9


  • Cooney, Barbara.  Eleanor.  Viking, 1996.  Presents the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, who married a president of the United States and became a great humanitarian.  Rd Lvl: 4.2


  • Greenfield, Eloise.  Mary McLeod Bethune.  Harper Collins, 1997.  Biography of Mary Jane McLeod Bethune who made numerous contributions to education for African-Americans.  Rd Lvl: 3.5


  • Jerome, Kate Boehm.  Who Was Amelia Earhart?  Grosset & Dunlap, 2002.  Includes bibliographical references (p. 106). Examines the life of Amelia Earhart, a pioneer female aviator who mysteriously disappeared during an around-the-world flight in 1937.  Rd Lvl: 5.8


  • Parlin, John.  Amelia Earhart, Pioneer of the Sky.  Bantam Double Dell Books for Young Readers, 1991.  Describes the life of one of the first women air pilots, including her flight records, her trip across the Atlantic Ocean, and her disappearance during her last trip. Rd Lvl: 3.9


  • Quakenbush, Robert.  Clear the cow pasture, I'm coming in for a landing! : a story of Amelia Earhart . Simon & Schuster, 1990.  A biography of the courageous aviatrix who became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air.  Rd Lvl: 4.9


  • Turner, Robyn Montana.  Georgia O'Keefe.  Little Brown & Company, 1977. A biography of the prominent American artist renowned for her images of gigantic flowers, cityscapes, and distinctive desert scenes.  Rd Lvl: 5.9


  • Judith Berry Griffin. (2002) Phoebe the Spy.  Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.    Phoebe and the general. During the Revolution, Phoebe Fraunces has a chance to save the life of General George Washington while he has dinner at Mortier House in New York City.  Reading Level: 4.0


  • Moore, Robin. (1998)  My Life With the Indians: The Story of Mary Jemison. Silver Burdett.  Rd Lvl: 7.4


  • Turner, Ann. (1987) Nettie's Trip South.  Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. A ten-year-old northern girl encounters the ugly realities of slavery when she visits Richmond, Virginia, and sees a slave auction. Rd Lvl: 3.0


  • Gauch, Patricia Lee. (2003) Thunder at Gettysburg.  Boyds Mills Press.  Fourteen-year-old Tillie is sent to accompany a neighbor to Weikert's farm when the fighting at Gettysburg gets too close to home, and instead finds herself trapped in the battle that raged for three days, from July 1-3, 1863. Rd Lvl: 5.7


  • Reiss, Johanna. (1990) The Upstairs Room. Harper Trophy. A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's house during World War II. Rd Lvl: 5.9


  • Gold, Alison. (1999)  Memories of Anne Frank : reflections of a childhood friend. Scholastic.  Recounts the story of Hannah Goslar, a close friend of Anne Frank and one of the last to see her alive. Rd Lvl: 5.5


  • Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey. (1995). The Lily Cupboard. Harper Trophy. Miriam, a young Jewish girl, is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers in the country during the German occupation of Holland. Rd Lvl: 6.2


  • Uchida, Yoshiko. (1996). The Bracelet. Philomel Books. Emi, a Japanese-American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship. Rd Lvl: 4.3


  • Faith Ringgold. (1996) Tar Beach. Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers. RL3.4
  • McKissack, Patricia, C., Goiní Someplace Special, Athenum Books for Young Readers:         2001  "Tricia Ann excitedly gets her grandmother's permission to go out by herself to 'Someplace Special' --a place far enough away to take the bus and to have to walk a bit. But this isn't just any trip. Tricia's trip takes place in the segregated South of the 1950s. That means Tricia faces sitting at the back of the bus, not being allowed to sit on a whites-only park bench, and being escorted out of a hotel lobby. She almost gives up, but a local woman...shows her how to listen to the voice inside herself that allows her to go on. She arrives at her special destination--the public library, whose sign reads "All Are Welcome."   RL 4.3

  • Coles, Robert, The Story of Ruby Bridges, Scholastic: 1995.  Feldman, Eve B., They Fought for Freedom: Children in the Civil Right Movement, McGraw Hill School Division.


  • Hearne, Betsy, Seven Brave Women, Greenwillow Books: 1997.  A young girl recounts the brave exploits of her female ancestors, including her great-great-great grandmother who came to America in a wooden sailboat.  Recommended Gr 1-3


  • Waters, Kate, Sarah Mortonís Day, Scholastic: 1989. Text and photographs of Plymouth Plantation follow a Pilgrim girl through a typical day as she milks the goats, cooks and serves meals, learns her letters, and adjusts to her new stepfather. RL3.4


  • Hopkinson, Deborah, A Band of Angels, Athenum Books for Young Readers: 1999  The daughter of a slave forms a gospel singing group and goes on tour to raise money to save Fisk University.  RL 4.4


  • Hopkinson, Deborah, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, Alfred A. Knopf: 1993  A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North.  RL 3.8


  • Hopkinson, Deborah, Under the Quilt of Night, Athenum Books for Young Readers: 2001  A young girl flees from the farm where she has been worked as a slave and uses the Underground Railroad to escape to freedom in the north.  RL 3


  • McLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Scholastic: 1985  When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.  RL 3.4


  • Oneal, Zibby, A Long Way to Go: A Story of Womenís Right to Vote (Once Upon America), Puffin: 1990  An eight-year-old girl deals with the women's suffrage movement that rages during World War I.  RL 3.7


  • Stevens, Carla, Lily and Miss Liberty, Scholastic, Inc.: 1992  A little girl makes crowns and sells them to help raise money for the pedestal needed for mounting France's gift of the Statue of Liberty to this country.  RL 3.6

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  • Amelia Earhart: Adventure in the Sky, Francene Sabin (National Geographic Society, 2000).  A biography of an aviation pioneer, emphasizing her childhood.
  • Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America, Penny Colman (Scholastic Inc., 2000).  Traces the history of growing up female in America as told by the girls themselves in journals, household manuals, letters, slave narratives, and other primary sources.  RL7.4
  • Mary Geddy's Day: A Colonial Girl in Williamsburg, Kate Waters (Scholastic Inc., 2002).  A fictionalized account of one day in the life of a colonial girl in Colonial Williamsburg on the day that the colony of Virginia cast its vote for independence from Great Britain.  RL3.7
  • Famous African-American Women, Janet Baine Kopito.
  • Meet Addy: An American Girls Collection, Connie Kose (Pleasant Company Publications, 1993).  Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.  RL4
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  • The Pirate Queen, Emily Arnold McCully (The Putnam Publishing Group, 1995).  Tells the story of Grace O'Malley, the Irish pirate queen, based on both historical fact and colorful legend. 
  • Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women, Cheryl Harness (Harper Collins Publishers, 2003).  A chronologically arranged collection of profiles of 100 notable American women, ranging from Virginia Dare to Oprah Winfrey.  RL7.2


  • Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement, Camilla Wilson (Scholastic Inc., 2001).  A biography of the woman whose actions led to the desegregation of buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1960s and who was an important figure in the early days of the civil rights movement.  RL4
  • Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride, Marsha Amstel (Lerner Publishing Group, 2000).  The story of Sybil Ludington's ride on horseback to rouse American soldiers to fight against the British who were attacking Danbury, Connecticut during the American Revolution.  RL3.7
  • When Jessie Came Across the Sea, Amy Hest (Candlewick Press, 1997).  A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.  RL3.2
  • When Marian Sang, Pam Munoz Ryan (Scholastic Inc., 2002).  An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.  RL5.2
  • Young Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Heroine, Anne Benjamin (Troll Communications L.L.C., 1996).  Tells the story of young Rosa Parks, an African-American whose refusal to give up her seat on the bus to a white person in Alabama in 1955 marked the beginning of the end of segregation.  RL3.8

Electronic Media

African American Women Writers from the Nineteenth Century
Civil War Women
History of the Suffrage Movement
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, March 25, 1911
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1775-1940
Temperance and Prohibition
Gay Rights Movement
Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
  • Eric Foner's (Columbia University) handouts concerning

        Definitions of "American Freedom."

  • Eleanor Hannah (University of Minnesota/Duluth)

         Rosie the Riveter Images

  • Deb Hoskins' (UW - La Crosse) topics and resources:

        LGBT History Resources

        Resources on Women and Body Image

  • Jodi Vandenberg-Daves' (UW - La Crosse) topics and resources: 

    Topic Ideas for U.S. Women's History

        Data on womenís life patterns in the 20th century

  • Jane Luehring's (Ashland School District) recommendation:

         Brown, Victoria. (1975). Uncommon Lives of Common Women: The Missing Half of Wisconsin  History.   

         Wisconsin Feminists Project Fund, Inc.


Revised 08/25/2008  


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