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Women's Movements
Women's Movements

Challenges & Opportunities of Teaching Women's Movements

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching Women's Movements Teacher Pass


Teaching Women's Movements Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
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  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
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Sample of Challenges & Opportunities

The women's movement has won many major victories, but not much respect. Even many women who support the principles and objectives of the movement are uneasy about identifying themselves as feminists, much less "women's libbers." You might want to explore this with your students. Is this because the movement has pursued too extreme an agenda? Or is it because its opponents have succeeded in hanging a set of derogatory associations on the movement? 

You might set up this question by asking your students what they think about a number of "women's issues"—equal pay for equal work, increased access to the corporate hierarchy, the right to equal participation in high school and college sports. And then ask them if they consider themselves feminists. Most likely, there will be a disconnect that might prove profitable to explore.