In this activity, students will read Charlotte Perkin Gilman's essay "Why Women Do Not Reform Their Dress" and consider it in the context of Chapter 9 from To Kill A Mockingbird.
Students will complete a brainstorming handout that asks them to consider typical gender roles from history and ones that still exist today. Then, as a just for fun option, students will compete to complete the "Beauty is Pain" activity, which allows students to view pictures and guess what function the beauty product is trying to serve. Finally, students will read Charlotte Perkin Gilman's essay to understand why women wear uncomfortable clothing in the name of beauty. They will then have to put that article into the context of Chapter 9 from To Kill A Mockingbird.
If you like this resource, you may also be interested in my Chapter 15 Activity.