Woodrow Wilson and Women’s Suffrage
I wrote the following lesson plan about women and suffrage for the Woodrow Wilson PBS Website.
In this lesson, students study the strategies used by a variety of women’s suffrage organizations to win the vote during Wilson’s presidency. Students will begin by looking at the life of his first wife, Ellen Axson, who came of age when Victorian ideals were giving way to modern ones. After they view segments about her from the American Experience documentary, Woodrow Wilson, they will evaluate in what ways her life embodied the ideals of “True Womanhood” and in what ways she was a “New Woman.”