Lesson Plan

From Women's Suffrage to the ERA


This seven-minute video and accompanying lesson plan looks at how throughout the 1960’s and 70’s the second wave feminism movement worked to address gender inequality across the United States. While the movement had several important victories, the Equal Rights Amendment was not passed. Was the second wave feminist movement a success nonetheless?


Students will:

  • Assess various views on advancing gender equality during the second wave feminist movement by examining primary sources from the 1960s and ’70s
  • Assess the pros and cons of passing a constitutional amendment to create social change
  • Gender Studies
  • Civics & Government
  • U.S. History
  • Social Studies
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • Feminism
  • Women's History
  • The 19th Amendment
  • 1920s America
  • 1970s America
  • Civic Engagement
  • Civics and Government
  • Domestic Policies
For Teachers

Essential Questions

  • Why is it important to analyze diverse perspectives when assessing historical events?
  • Is a constitutional amendment the most effective method of ensuring gender equality?
  • What can the successes and failures of past social movements teach us about social change today?

Additional Resources

Transcript for "From Women’s Suffrage to the ERA, a Century-Long Push for Equality"Retro Report 
The 2010s: Hashtags And Social MovementsNPR 
Black Lives Matter: The Growth of a New Social Justice MovementBlackPast.org 
Where #MeToo Came From, and Where It’s GoingThe Atlantic 
Meet 13 Indigenous Young Indigenous Rights ActivistsUnited Nations 
Human Rights Hero: The LGBTQ Rights MovementAmerican Bar Association 
AAPI Voices Are Taking To Social Media To Spread Awareness To #StopAAPIHateForbes 

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.

Analyze complex and interacting factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.

Analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people’s perspectives.

Analyze how current interpretations of the past are limited by the extent to which available historical sources represent perspec-tives of people at the time.

Integrate evidence from multiple relevant historical sources and interpretations into a reasoned argument about the past.

Topic 5.3: Political Parties
Topic 5.8: Electing a President
Topic 5.9: Congressional Elections
Topic 5.10: Modern Campaigns

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