woman working in textile factey, late 19th century

Women Working, 1800–1930

Digitized texts and objects related to women working between 1800 and 1930, with a teacher resource page that provides five themed exhibits for incorporation in a lesson.

Women of the West Museum

Online exhibits about the experiences of women in the American west.

Women of Our Time

A photographic exhibition of notable American women of the 20th century; from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

National First Ladies Library

Background on the women of the White House.

Civil War Women

From the Duke University Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Library: Resources by and about women during the Civil War.

African-American Women On-Line Archival Collections

Historical collection of letters and memoirs by African-American women in the nineteenth-century.

  • Boycotting Baubles of Britain

    Created December 22, 2009
    Boycotting Baubles of Britain-boston tea party

    This lesson looks at the changes in British colonial policies and the American resistance through the topic of tea, clothing, and other British goods. Students analyze and interpret key historical artifacts as well as visual and textual sources that shed light on how commodities such as tea became important symbols of personal and political identity during the years leading up to the formal Declaration of Independence in 1776.

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper"—Writing Women

    Front page illustration for the original serialized version of The Yellow  Wallpaper from the New England Magazine (1892).

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story "The Yellow Wall-paper" was written during this time of great change. This lesson plan, the second part of a two-part lesson, helps to set the historical, social, cultural, and economic context of Gilman's story.

  • Pioneer Values in Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

    Willa cather feathered hat

    Students learn about the social and historical context of Willa Cather’s My Antonia and work in groups to explore Cather's commentary on fortitude, hard work, faithfulness, and other values that we associate with pioneer life.