Women’s history is American history. Too often, though, it is the left-out part, appearing only now and then in familiar profiles and at predictable high points. But women, despite legal and cultural barriers, have been actively engaged in every phase of the nation’s history. Some were firebrands, some were intellectuals, and some were ordinary people just going about their lives.
Over the last half-century, scholars have brought more and more of their stories into the foreground. The New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History continues and expands on this essential work as the nation’s first permanent public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women’s history.
Women & the American Story, or WAMS for short, is the educators’ companion to the Center for Women’s History, addressing a difficulty that teachers have long encountered in their classrooms: the scarcity of material to bring women’s stories into the mainstream history curriculum.
The planned ten units of Women & the American Story are divided thematically and chronologically to align with social studies curriculum standards from across the country. In each case, units are bookended by significant moments in American and women’s history. This is an ongoing project: two units will be released each fall until the survey is complete.
Explore current and preview forthcoming units below!
Women have always been engaged in every aspect of society. Explore resources by theme to discover new angles on traditional histories.