Lesson Plan

Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment

Use this lesson to teach your students about the lives of 10 important leaders during the suffrage movement. Children will read a picture book that highlights 10 leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women. Children will then work in groups to research and learn more about these inspiring women who dreamed big and never gave up. Finally, students will share their findings with the rest of the class.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to conduct research about a key leader in the women's suffrage movement.


(3 minutes)
Biography Research
  • Introduce the term women's suffrage by writing it on the board. Ask students to turn and talk to a partner about what they think this movement was about.
  • Display some images of the women's suffrage movement on the computer and ask students to turn and talk to their partner again. Prompt them to discuss any new ideas they might have.
  • Call on volunteers to share their ideas, and explain that the women's suffrage movement was the struggle for the right of women to vote and run for office. It was part of the overall women's rights movement.
  • Continue to explain that the women's suffrage movement led to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, in which women gained the right to vote in the United States.