Student storytelling project explores women’s suffrage movement


High school teachers are invited to register their classrooms for Women Leading the Way, a national storytelling project for high school students celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

The free project challenges students to explore the right to vote by answering a simple question: “Who was the first woman in your family to vote?” Students will use research, essays and portraits to learn about the pioneering suffragettes and suffragists who overcame tremendous adversity to win the vote, and along the way uncover their own hidden connections to the movement.

Women Leading the Way provides an opportunity to engage students in the issues of their own time through guided discussions, thoughtful reflections and critical thinking. It also shines a light on issues such as civic responsibility in a democracy, strengthening of the social fabric and the fundamental human right to vote.

The project encourages students to form a much deeper connection to the lessons of the suffrage movement by exploring their own family stories, and to share these stories with the public through a national storytelling archive.

The project can be scheduled any time during the 2018-2019 school year. Its website features a storytelling archive, a lesson plan, a calendar of events, an illustrated timeline of the movement, videos, vintage imagery and an interactive painting of 100 leading figures of the suffrage movement, each containing a concise biography and links to additional resources.

Visit the project’s website for more information or to register.