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The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes”
Smithsonian sports curator Eric Jentsch offers a look at Billie Jean King’s legacy beyond the legendary match in this Smithsonian magazine article.
Aupa Neskak! Women in Basque Rural Sports
Visitors who saw the Smithsonian’s 2016 Folklife Festival exhibit on Herri kirolak, or Basque rural sports, may have been surprised to see that the majority of athletes competing were women. This was no accident. One of the reasons these female athletes came was to show the world what women can do. Read this festival report to learn more about their endeavors.
Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes
In this activity from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students design a bag for athletes, investigate varied sports, interview people involved in varied sports and engage in problem solving as they create a new design.
Smithsonian Curator on the Priceless Impact Pat Summitt Made on College Athletics
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history and the incredible legacy she left behind.
Women Who Shaped History
For Women’s History Month and a new Smithsonian-wide initiative, Smithsonian.com has collected representative examples of its coverage of diverse women throughout history. Ultimately, this is a journey not just of American women—but of America herself.
Women’s Suffrage
Introduce students to early pioneers in the fight for women’s rights, including Susan B. Anthony, with this collection from the National Portrait Gallery.
Women’s History Month 2018
In celebration of Women’s History Month 2018, the Smithsonian Transcription Center invites you to transcribe collections highlighting the historical contributions of women in science, technology and art to make these collections more accessible. Check out his site to learn how you can help spread the word.
Women’s Rights
This Smithsonian History Explorer inquiry, targeted to middle school students, examines the emergence of the women’s suffrage movement in the 19th century as an effort to expand women’s political and economic rights. It extends that investigation into the present.
Document Deep Dive: A Historic Moment in the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights
A cartoonist diagrammed the parade—5,000 suffragists strong—that defiantly marched in Washington more than 100 years ago. Read this Smithsonian article to learn more about this historic event.
Reading "Mama Went to Jail for the Vote"
The strategies in this lesson will help teachers and lower elementary students actively read "Mama Went to Jail for the Vote" together. This historical fiction is about a girl whose mother joins the suffragists to win the vote for women.