View Full Version : Looking for resorces to teach civil rights and the feminist movement to DD

02-26-2013, 04:15 PM

My dd and I find that historical fiction, and non-fiction books are our favorite way to delve into a subject, so I am wondering if any of you know of any good books (or movies) that can help us with our studies of the civil rights movement and the feminist movement.

Right now we are reading The Help, and will re-watch the movie after. Also, I am going to order the movie The 1960's, but its been awhile since i've watched that, so I have to check it out first. But those are the kinds of things we use to really get into subjects. I can't find anything on the women's movement that I like so far, so any suggestions would be greatly appricated!!


02-26-2013, 05:52 PM
This is way before the time period you are looking for, but wanted to share: historical non-fiction, etc. is also how my daughter first became interested in women's rights and roles in earlier times. We both love Cokie Robert's books about women from the revolution time through the early 1800's. They have been a real eye opener. As you have seen, these types of media really help to connect to the history.

Accidental Homeschooler
02-26-2013, 07:32 PM
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions: Second Edition (Owlet Book): Gloria Steinem: 9780805042023: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805042024?ie=UTF8&tag=glorsteiswebs-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0805042024)

This one would depend on how old your daughter is I think.

02-26-2013, 07:44 PM
History Channel American History | Black History DVDs & Books | Official History Channel Store (http://shop.history.com/black-history/index.php/?v=history_subject_black-history-month)
The History Channel store has at least two videos that might help you. Voices of Civil Rights and American Experience: Road to Memphis. I didn't think the price was too steep, but you could always check Amazon.

02-26-2013, 08:03 PM
Beacon Press has a lot of books on those topics. Beacon Press: Independent Publisher of Serious Fiction and Non-Fiction (http://www.beacon.org/index.cfm)

02-26-2013, 08:10 PM
yeah, i would think you'd want to talk more about the women who fought for the vote and the women who fought for birth control to be legal. susan b anthony and emma goldman? womens suffrage . . . idk. we havent gotten past the civil war yet . . .

Stella M
03-02-2013, 02:52 AM
There might be something on Women In World History Curriculum (http://www.womeninworldhistory.com).

03-02-2013, 04:32 AM
I don't know how old your daughter is, but maybe "Iron Jawed Angels" would be an appropriate movie. It's about suffragettes Lucy Burns and Alice Paul. The scenes when Alice Paul is force fed during her imprisonment and hunger strike are particularly upsetting, and it's a really good movie, overall. Very inspiring. It reminds me, in just a very, very small way, what some women suffered so we could vote.

03-02-2013, 08:11 PM
This is earlier than you are looking for, but I just wanted to mention I happened on a wonderful collection of photographs (http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/03/100-years-ago-the-1913-womens-suffrage-parade/100465/) from the hundred year anniversary of the women's suffrage parade in Washington DC. These are worth a look.

03-05-2013, 03:53 PM
this just came in my email from pbs:
Single Women Homesteaders (http://links.silverpop.eb2b.vtrnz.com/ctt?kn=13&ms=NTcyMzc0NAS2&r=MjY3OTQ2Mzk2NjIS1&b=0&j=Njc4NDA0MzMS1&mt=1&rt=0)
Grades 3-7 | Video | Trailblazers
Use this resource with your students to highlight the role that single women played in the settlement of the Dakota Territory following the 1862 Homesteading Act.
Women's History (http://links.silverpop.eb2b.vtrnz.com/ctt?kn=20&ms=NTcyMzc0NAS2&r=MjY3OTQ2Mzk2NjIS1&b=0&j=Njc4NDA0MzMS1&mt=1&rt=0)
Grades 4-13+ | Video | Icons and Symbols
Introduce your students to the fascinating history behind women in the visual arts by investigating symbols from the Suffragist Movement.
Ella Es El Matador: The Struggle for Equal Opportunities for Women (http://links.silverpop.eb2b.vtrnz.com/ctt?kn=5&ms=NTcyMzc0NAS2&r=MjY3OTQ2Mzk2NjIS1&b=0&j=Njc4NDA0MzMS1&mt=1&rt=0)
Grades 6-12 | Video | Equality of Women
Invite your class consider the historic and modern-day barriers that impact women. Use this collection of videos to illustrate the story of two women in search of success in the male-dominated world of Spanish bullfighting.
19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (http://links.silverpop.eb2b.vtrnz.com/ctt?kn=6&ms=NTcyMzc0NAS2&r=MjY3OTQ2Mzk2NjIS1&b=0&j=Njc4NDA0MzMS1&mt=1&rt=0)
Grades 6-13+ | Document | Women's History
Use this primary source document to support lessons on the 19th Amendment and women’s voting rights.
Empowerment (http://links.silverpop.eb2b.vtrnz.com/ctt?kn=3&ms=NTcyMzc0NAS2&r=MjY3OTQ2Mzk2NjIS1&b=0&j=Njc4NDA0MzMS1&mt=1&rt=0)
Grades 9-12 | Video | Women's Rights Activists
Encourage your students to consider the role that women play in the peace building process around the world

03-05-2013, 11:03 PM
Great resources as always! Thank you all!

03-05-2013, 11:37 PM
Wow, thanks! I love the movie Iron Jawed Angles, but dd is not sure she wants to watch it just yet (she is 12 and doesn't like the violence....thanks for the great suggestion though!) I also love the PBS stuff. Thanks for the links!!

03-05-2013, 11:39 PM
Oh, I love this!! will have to look more into this soon. Thanks!!

03-06-2013, 10:37 AM
For Civil Rights Era we watched The Long Walk Home (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100046/), which you will find complements The Help really well. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is another good one.
Interesting tidbit: Cicely Tyson plays Jane Pittman and is in The Help. Sissy Spacek is in The Help and The Long Walk Home. My kids like things that tie together like that.
We also have the PBS series Eye on the Prize about the Civil Rights era.

03-06-2013, 10:40 AM
Also, the book Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry.

Am I in the wrong era? Civil Rights Era, to me, isn't really women's right to vote?

ETA: I see now, the title was cut off on the search page.

03-08-2013, 08:59 AM
Thanks for starting this conversation.

This is a great thread. I have three boys and they are definitely going to cover this topic in depth.