Did you know that out of 737 historical figures taught in K-12 curriculum standards in every state, only 178, or 24%, are women, including several fictional characters such as Rosie the Riveter? 98 of the women appear in only 1 state standard; only 15 are taught in more than 10 states. (Analysis by the National Women’s History Museum)
Conducting our research for Unladylike2020, we discovered the stories of hundreds (really thousands) of women who defied the odds to break barriers in every field long before women had the right to vote. So many courageous women helped shape policy and make U.S. history we wondered why their accomplishments are not taught in schools. As a result, we are convening a 2-hour Where Are the Women? Summit to invite teachers, the general public and parents, who are increasingly active in their children’s education through virtual and hybrid learning, to be part of a conversation about women’s role in history, and to have access to resources to reverse the underrepresentation of women in the history and social studies taught K-12.
Our Where Are the Women? Summit is free and open to the public, and will be streaming live on the American Masters YouTube channel on Saturday February 13, 2021, from 1pm-3pm EST, 12pm-2pm CST, 11am-1pm MST, and 10am-12pm PST.
Join an amazing line-up of thought leaders, historians and education specialists as we roll up our sleeves to dig deep into why so few women are included in the curriculum – and how educators can expand U.S. history to be more inclusive and accessible. Teachers that participate will receive a 2-hour professional development credit, and all participants will get a free women’s history resource guide as a takeaway.
Please RSVP here and help us spread the word!
For full information on this event including program, list of speakers, and much more, please click here.
This project was supported by a 2019 major grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.