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This national community and storytelling project challenges high school students to better understand and appreciate the right to vote by answering the question: "Who was the first woman in your family to vote?"
In their journey to explore this question through research, essays and portraits, students rediscover the pioneering suffragettes and suffragists who overcame tremendous adversity to win the vote, and along the way uncover their own hidden connections to the Movement.
Women Leading the Way provides a unique opportunity to engage students in the issues of their own time through guided discussions, thoughtful reflections and critical thinking. It shines a light on many issues facing us today—issues the suffragists faced in their quest for gender equality, including civic responsibility in a democracy; strengthening of the social fabric; and the fundamental human right to vote.
The Project encourages students to form a much deeper connection to the lessons of the Movement by exploring their family stories, and to share these stories with the public through a national storytelling archive—one that we hope will inspire and empower future generations of storytellers.
First introduced at the Lycée Français de New York in 2008, Women Leading the Way is free, open to all high schools in the U.S. and its territories, to all international high schools everywhere with an American section, and can be scheduled anytime during 2018-2019 school year.
The Project website, http://www.suffragettes2020.com, features a storytelling archive; a lesson plan; a calendar of events; an illustrated timeline of the movement; student videos; vintage imagery; and an interactive painting of 100 leading figures of the Movement, each containing a concise bio and links to additional resources.
Visit Women Leading the Way to learn more and register for the project.