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The first picket line, Feb 1917

[Detail] The first picket line, Feb 1917 College

Lesson Overview

Students examine a variety of primary source documents related to the women's suffrage movement. They identify different methods people used to influence and change attitudes and beliefs about suffrage for women. Students then create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections.


While completing this project, students will:

  • Examine a variety of primary source documents to learn about the history of suffrage for women.
  • Learn that there are many ways to influence and effect change.
  • Understand that it took the efforts of many people over time for women to gain the right to vote.
  • Use their knowledge from studying the suffrage movement to create modern day election ephemera.


Time Required

  • One week

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 3-5


  • Women's History


  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929


Gail Petri and Doris Waud