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Lesson Plan: The Legacy of Women in Higher Education

Lesson Plan: The Legacy of Women in Higher Education

March is Women’s history month! Celebrate with your students by studying the impact of college access on women in U.S. society.

In this lesson, we will retrace the history of women seeking access to higher education in the United States. Check out a preview below!

Women’s History Month Lesson Plan

Learning Objective: Students will reflect on the history of women gaining access to higher education in the U.S.A. and critically engage the political and economic impacts of it.

Key Points: 

  • Women’s colleges were first founded in the mid-19th century to combat the pervasive notion that an education was unnecessary, given “a woman’s place in the home.”
  • Title IX was a law passed in 1972 by the U.S. Congress, stating that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial aid.”
  • Women gaining access to higher education has played a crucial role in opening the door to greater access in the workforce, to economic mobility, and to resources like counseling, financial assistance, and employment services.

Women's History Month Lesson Plan
Sample content from RaiseMe’s lesson plan on Women’s history month
Women's History Month Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will explore the effects of college access on women in the workforce

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