Summit Learning

Women’s Rights

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the three waves of feminism. The first wave (1848 to 1920) focused on inequalities like gaining women’s suffrage (the right to vote) and economic, civil, and political rights. In the second wave (1963 to the 1980s), women addressed a wide range of issues, including unofficial inequalities, official legal inequalities, sexuality, inequalities in the family and workplace, and reproductive rights. The third wave extended from the 1990s to the present. Third-wave feminists (1991-present) have changed the outlook with their increasing participation in a range of cultural, scientific, and arts-related activities which has led to their involvement in political organizations and issues.


Compelling Question:

How can women achieve equality in a patriarchal society?

Staging the Question:

Read and discuss the similarities and differences across three quotes related to women’s rights.

Supporting Question How did Madame C.J. Walker create her own opportunity?

Formative Task Create an infographic that illustrates how Madame C.J. Walker created her own opportunity.

Sources Source A: The Incredible Rise of a Cosmetic Giant
Source B: Madam C. J. Walker: The Ultimate Self-Made Woman
Source C: Madam C.J. Walker: Her Crusade


Supporting Question How did Wilma Mankiller challenge injustice?

Formative Task Write a paragraph that explains how Wilma Mankiller challenged injustice.

Sources Source A: Wilma Mankiller press conference at Ball State University, 1994-03-28
Source B: Mankiller: Wilma Mankiller: An American Hero
Source C: Wilma Mankiller Interview
Source D: Commencement Address at Northern Arizona University - Dec. 18, 1992


Supporting Question How does Emma Watson work to empower women?

Formative Task Write an evidenced-based claim that describes how Emma Watson works to empower women.

Sources Source A: Emma Watson Explains Why Some Men Have Trouble with Feminism
Source B: Emma Watson’s Speech for HeForShe IMPACT at World Economic Forum 2015
Source C: Emma Watson's Speech on Gender Equality at the UN

Summative Performance Task

Argument: How can women achieve equality in a patriarchal society? Construct an argument in the form of a poster that evaluates that addresses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence and information from contemporary and historical sources.
Extension: Develop an annotated bibliography that identifies sources on feminism and gender equality that would be appropriate to share with a younger group of students.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Research gender equity issues in your community.

Assess: Brainstorm interview questions around a selected issue.
Act: Conduct interviews with members of the community and summarize the findings.