Women’s History Month teaching resources
We have hand-picked some of the best teaching resources on TES to take you back through time and help your class to consider the female experience and perspective when it comes to studying history. Celebrate some of the women who’ve shaped our world, the issues they’ve faced and the many contributions they have made.
Women in the ancient world
- Where did women stand in the Roman world? Show your class using this slideshow explaining their social, economic and political status.
- A poetic approach to Boudicca examining her fierce strength, her failed but determined attempt to quash the Romans and what can be learnt from her heroism.
- The RSC shares these teaching materials on Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’; a Queen so strong and powerful, yet one who never sacrificed her femininity to be so.
Women from the dark ages to the Victorian times
- Grand-daughter of William the Conqueror, Matilda made a bid to become the first female monarch of England and Normandy. Explore the ‘place’ of Medieval women and the battle Matilda faced.
- Help the heroic nurse, Florence Nightingale find her way with a maze activity.
- Learn the incredible story of this Native American princess who stopped a war and crossed the sea to visit Britain.
- Explore the facts and the rumours surrounding Mary Seacole’s life through studying her portrait with the National Portrait Gallery.
- Students can jump from the present to past with this French grammar activity, learning about the legendary French martyr while practising the past historic and present tense.
Women and science
- Marie Curie sacrificed her life, dying of leukaemia due to exposure to high levels of radiation, to put scientific research to good use.
- Get students questioning historical sources and concluding what might have happened to Amelia Earhart, the first woman to receive the US Distinguished Flying Cross, who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
- In the past, the science lab was not a place for females. However, despite opposition, many persevered- with Curie, Anderson, Fossey and Chawla, help promote women in STEM.
Suffrage and rights for women
- Turn your classroom into a Suffragette meeting and get students to decide the best way to get the vote for women with this lesson from the The People Speak (History Channel).
- The Suffragettes’ campaign is documented in detail using this cross section of original material and resources.
- Formatted like Richard and Judy’s “You Say, We Pay” game, this activity revises the people, places and events of the Suffragette movement.
- This pack leads with a ‘quiz book’ telling the story of Martin Luther King’s life. Supporting resources are centred around the further investigation of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (following Rosa Parks’ arrest) and writing a newspaper article.
- Was Margaret Thatcher the greatest Prime Minister of all time? Have students debate with this discursive lesson.
- After the Suffragettes and second wave feminism, how much has really changed? This lesson on Cosmopolitan magazine and dominant ideology explores the representation of modern women.
- Imprisoned for fifteen years, Aung San Suu Kyi is now a symbol of democratic struggle the world over; follow her life story in photos and discuss why she is an important figure.
Women of a literary persuasion
- These two lectures for A-level students give a useful overview of female writers in 20th Century literature.
- In her novel A Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood envisions a dystopia where women are enslaved; discuss the feminist qualities of the text with this questioning activity.
- Amalgamating magical realism with feminism, Angela Carter is one of today’s well respected female authors. Go back stage with the performers and director of her play, The Magic Toyshop