March 2009: Women' s History Month

"There is a dangerous mythology among young women of good intent who imagine there was once a glorious feminist moment, lost somewhere in the mists of time back in the early 70s. They look at [today’s society] then they sigh for an imaginary yesterday that never was. Where are the great feminist icons now? Where is that sisterhood of solidarity that once marched shoulder to shoulder? Who will raise the consciousness of today’s women?"

Polly Toynbee “The myth of women’s lib”

To blame feminism for women's "lesser life" is to miss entirely the point of feminism, which is to win women a wider range of experience. Feminism remains a pretty simple concept, despite repeated . . . efforts to dress it up in greasepaint and turn its proponents into gargoyles. As Rebecca West wrote . . . in 1913, "I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."

-- From "Backlash."

 

HUSH Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Theme III: Redefining the Ideal

 

Public Life in Industrial America Continued

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Women's Rights 1848-1920

 

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Theme III: Redefining the Ideal

Essential Question: How and why do societies change?

Public Life in Industrial America:

How did the industrial revolution solidify class division in America?

Essay Info

5 6 Exam Review and Essay Research

 

HW: Work on Essay -- Packet Questions Due Tuesday.

 

End Women's Suffrage Petition 2007  (You tube) Funny -- scary -- but funny!

Women's Rights 1848-1920

Women's History Time Line

Women Achievers

Websites about Women's Issues

 

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How and why do societies change?

  1. How did the industrial revolution solidify class division in America?
  • McCormick Seminar
  1. Review Essay packet

HW: Essay

Intro/Thesis and outline of body paragraphs w/ evidence due Friday

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How and why do societies change?

What does it mean to be American?

What were the push/pull factors driving immigration in the late 19th early 20th century?

How and why did immigration policy change over time?

HW:  Intro/Thesis and outline of body paragraphs w/ evidence due Friday

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How and why do societies change?

  1. Essay
  • Peer edit intro/thesis
  • does the support used strengthen the position?

HW:

 

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Print the Iron Jawed Angels film notes guide for class tomorrow!

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Iron Jawed Angels

HW:

Did the acceptance of women's suffrage represent a fundamental shift in Americans' views of women and their role in society?

Reproductive Rights: In what sense was Sanger's  birth control movement a progressive reform? How can these two seemingly contradictory measures both be seen as progressive?

Can you afford to have a large family? Do you want any more children? If not, why do you have them? DO NOT KILL, DO NOT TAKE LIFE, BUT PREVENT -- Safe, Harmless information can be obtained of trained. Nurses at 46 AMBOY STREET, Near Pitkin Ave. -- Brookly

Margaret Sanger Docs

PBS American Experience Documentary:
The Pill Read the
Transcript  

For seminar:

  1. Defend or oppose: the Pill - for better or worse - ignites the sexual revolution and redefines women's roles in society and in the home.
  2. If legalized birth control was supposed to eliminate abortion, what happened?
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Iron Jawed Angels

HW: Did the acceptance of women's suffrage represent a fundamental shift in Americans' views of women and their role in society?

 

Continue docs for seminar

  1. Would you vote yes or no for the ERA? Why/Why not:

Equal Rights Amendment, 1970
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.

 

  1. What components of American society play a role in shaping a women’s identity? What are possible effects theses influential entities have on women’s psyches?

Still Killing Us Softly:

Dove's Campaign for real Beauty

Something to think about:

The Barbie Controversy...

The Official Barbie Site analyze the gender, racial, class, and sexuality politics of the site.

The Body Shop's Ruby Doll  Ad 

Defending Barbie: What is the author's response to the feminist position that Barbie perpetuates gender stereotypes? What is your opinion in this topic?

I will be collecting all written responses at the end of the seminar.

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If you would like to share your thoughts with your peers and myself  you may post to our wiki [extremely thoughtful posts may earn extra points towards low test or quiz grade]

 

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“You look for women to be marching the way they were marching ten, twenty years ago, you won’t see it because it’s part of society now, and also we’re in an era where nobody’s marching…young women just take it all for granted” Betty Freidan

Socratic Seminar: Did the acceptance of women's suffrage represent a fundamental shift in Americans' views of women and their role in society? All docs from unit essay plus additional posts last week.

HW: The Promise Land:

  • Read the overview and people and activities
  • Complete the tenement activity and discussion qs

User Name: Litchfield

Password: Cowboys

 

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abc clio Roaring Twenties assignment: See Eras  list on the left and complete all readings before you begin the activity. Due Tuesday - you must select only pertinent primary sources to represent the decade and be able to explain how and why they define the complexity of the era.  Have fun!

user name: litchfield

password: cowboys

Magazine Cover Due Tuesday

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If I were born a member of the opposite sex...

Finish Seminar - Whole Group: What components of American society play a role in shaping a women’s identity? What are possible effects theses influential entities have on women’s psyches?

HW: REVIEW

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EQ: How and why do societies change?

Schema: Read provided docs and repsond to the following:

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun."

What was the social and political response to Big Business?

Big Business Power Point Courtesy of  Mr. Morrow's AP class

1920s: How mass production and consumerism redefines what it means to be American

 

HW:

THE AGE OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1933-1945 (Know all New Deal Programs)

1930s Film on Line

 

  The Great Depression: Crash, Boom, Bang! Wait a minute. What happened?

Hoover vs FDR Power Point

Note: At the same time that the federal government launched the CCC and the National Youth Administration to assist unemployed youth, Nazi German set up youth organizations of its own, designed to indoctrinate the young in Nazi principles.

 

Test Review:

Public Life in Industrial America

WAVES OF REFORM, 1880 to 1921

What were the push/pull factors driving immigration in the late 19th early 20th century?

How and why did immigration policy change over time?

All women's unit material

BOOM AND BUST, 1921-1933

THE AGE OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1933-1945

 

 

 

 

 

HUSH Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Public Life in Industrial America Continued

Women's Rights 1848-1920

Age of Imperialism

World Fair of 1893

 

3 CAPT Starts
  1. Discuss Progressive Reform
  2. View and take notes on Populism power point
  3. Populism and the Wizard of Oz: What/who do the characters represent? Answers
  4. Over the Rainbow

HW: Read excerpts and discuss how overseas expansion is justified: Imperialism, Evolution and Social Darwinism in early 20th century America

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Imperialism, Evolution and Social Darwinism in early 20th century America
  2. Analyzing Political Cartoons: Analysis sheet and Rubric
 

 

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Imperialism

Poetry Activity

White Man's Burden

HW:

  1. View: The Forgotten Philippine-American War (youtube)
  2. Kipling, the ‘White Man’s Burden,’
    and 21st Century US Imperialism
  3. Found Poem
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Women's Rights 1848-1920 10

 

 

 

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  1. Read the "found" poems with partners or group members and discuss what statements they make about imperialism. If you worked individually, how many of the chosen key words and phrases were the same, and how many were different? How did different people use the same words/phrases? What types of responses do you think your poems would have generated if written in the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries?
  2. Progressive Politics
  3. Women's Suffrage:

Discuss Cultural identity and social role of women in early-twentieth century American society

Suffrage Slide Show

Suffrage Time Line: How did the movement reflect the political, social, and intellectual climate of each  time period?  Identify key shifts within the movement.

HW:

Reproductive Rights:

Can you afford to have a large family? Do you want any more children? If not, why do you have them? DO NOT KILL, DO NOT TAKE LIFE, BUT PREVENT -- Safe, Harmless information can be obtained of trained. Nurses at 46 AMBOY STREET, Near Pitkin Ave. -- Brookly

Margaret Sanger Docs

Remember to bring image for your found poem (no larger than a playing card)

 

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If I were born a member of the opposite sex...

Discuss Cultural identity and social role of women from early-twentieth century American society to today

  • Feminism: from liability to asset for the suffrage campaign of the early 20th century ?

  • Question to Consider:
  • Did the acceptance of women's suffrage represent a fundamental shift in Americans' views of women and their role in society?

HW: PBS American Experience Documentary:
The Pill Read the
Transcript

End Women's Suffrage Petition 2007  (You tube) Funny -- scary -- but funny!

Historical Footage of Suffrage Movement

 

Women's History Time Line

Women Achievers

Websites about Women's Issues

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If I were born a member of the opposite sex...

 

Reproductive Rights: How far have we come?

HW:

NPR (5/31/07): The Pill, 40 Years On

Backlash

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Discuss how the Pill - for better or worse - ignites the sexual revolution and redefines women's roles in society and in the home.
  2. Have "women been enslaved by their own liberation"? Discuss Backlash
  3. Still Killing Us Softly
  4. Sex Sells -- but at what cost?

 

 

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  • Share/discuss ads
  • Mattel, Co. The Official Barbie Site Visit the site and analyze the gender, racial, class, and sexuality politics of the site.
  • Defending Barbie: What is the author's response to the feminist position that Barbie perpetuates gender stereotypes? What is your opinion in this topic?

 

HW:

Betty Friedan
The problem that has no name


Phyllis Schlafly

the anti-feminist

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Intro Feminism:

HW:

  • Feminism then and now. ERA
  • Global Feminism: UNIFEM Promoting gender equality and women's empowerment.

 

 

HW: Equal Rights Amendment, 1970
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.
yes or no?

Read Zinn, chapter 19, “Surprises” Due

How did WWII cause the modern feminist movement

By 1969, “One out of every three working women had a husband earning less than $5,000 a year.”  What is the significance of this fact?

“Women are controlled by lashing us to our bodies.”  What might Adrienne Rich have meant by this?

Why did prisoners go on strike, fast, and riot?

What incident triggered the Attica rebellion?  How did the rebellion end?

In the 1960s, by what methods did Indians assert their treaty rights?

Due 3/27

 

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PROJECT DUE 3/31

Women's History Time Line

Women Achievers

Websites about Women's Issues  

 

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Equal Rights Amendment, 1970: Why did it fail to pass?

Iron Jawed Angels

HW: Project, Test, film questions

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Iron Jawed Angels

 

HW: Project, Test, film questions

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Iron Jawed Angels

 

HW: Project, Test, film questions

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