US Women’s History Series 2: The Gilded Age to the 2000s

US Women’s History Series 2: The Gilded Age to the 2000s


About this course

This is the 2nd of 2 installments in our Women’s US History course.  The first installment is:

US Women’s History Series 1: From Puritans to Pioneers

No hard prerequisites. US History Series 2, 3 and 4 or equivalent US history knowledge from colonial through western expansion is highly suggested. Because many of our students take US history and Women’s history, we have spaced Women’s history out a bit differently. Our US history provides a solid background on which the Women’s history class is built. Series 1 of US Women’s History correlates with US History Series 1, it is offered in the spring after US History Series 1 finishes in the fall. US Women’s History Series 2 therefore starts in the fall, after US History Series 2, 3, and 4 finish in the spring.

You do NOT have to take women’s history 1 before 2.


Recommended Ages: 13-17

Disclaimer: At times, mature subject matter will be discussed in this class that may not be suitable for students under 13.

Levels: This class is only offered in one level.

Start Date: October 4, 2022. Course consists of 6 lesson plans. Students have 2 weeks after the last lesson is posted to complete the course. No live classes — view the lessons on YOUR schedule.

Price: $90

Space Available: 

This five-week course is the second and final section of the US Women’s History series. The twentieth century was a crucial time for women in the United States. Over the course of the century, women saw a wide variety of new freedoms and opportunities. From gaining the right to vote to increased chances to go to college and pursue careers, the idea of womanhood changed significantly in a short time. This class is dedicated to learning about those changes and the women who made them happen.

This is an academically advanced class, and not recommended for most children under 13 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!).

LESSON PLANS: This is a 6 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

Disclaimer: As this course focuses on US history from the perspective of women, a discussion about the role and evolution of sex in women’s history is important, relevant, and will be briefly discussed at times in this course.

Week 1: The Late 1800s

The first week in the class picks up where Series 1 left off. After the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction, women across the country began fighting en masse for rights and equalities they had never been granted before. From the small mining towns of the American West to the bustling cities of the Gilded Age, we will see how women lived at the end of the nineteenth century.

Week 2: Immigration in the early 1900s

Femininity and womanhood began drastically changing in the twentieth century. We will begin our look into this important century with an examination of the ways womanhood shifted during the early decades of this century. There will be a special focus on the stories of immigrant women and how they adjusted to their new homes and roles.

Week 3: Progressivism, War, and the Right to Vote!

In this week of the class, we will be learning about the events surrounding the progressive suffragist movement of the early 1900s that led to women receiving the right to vote in federal elections. Many factors led to this fateful decision, and we will be spending this unit covering the hows and whys of women’s suffrage.

Week 4: The Great Depression and World War II

As the country experienced the hardships of major economic depression, women found themselves filling more roles in providing for the home and the family. Their newfound roles as providers peaked in World War II, where they were once again propelled into new jobs and opportunities while the able-bodied men were off fighting. Unlike in previous wars, women’s roles changed forever as a result of their hard work and tenacity.

Week 5: The 1950s and 1960s

The world changed after World War II, and the lives of women in the United States changed along with it. The traditional values of the 1950s were met with a new wave of feminism in the 1960s that worked to cement women as equals to men in American politics, economics, and society. We will explore these two important decades in depth in the fifth week of the course.

Week 6: Women Heading into the 21st Century

The final week of the course focuses on the last three decades of the twentieth century. Women during this time found new roles in politics and careers during this time period, and the stage for the modern American woman was set. We will wrap up the class by providing the context for women’s roles heading into the twenty-first century.



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