Teaching Inclusive History with the Chicago History Museum – Challenging the Status Quo: Activist Women in Chicago

For the past year, the Illinois Civics Hub has collaborated with our civic learning partners to connect classrooms with resources to meet the inclusive history requirements in both the Illinois Social Science standards and course mandates.  Our last webinar for the 2022-23 school year featured the Chicago History Museum (CHM) to explore how activist women in Chicago challenged the status quo to create a “more perfect union.” This series of webinars aligns with Theme 5 of the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap: “Institutional and Social Transformation- A Series of Refoundings?”

The webinar led by Heidi Moisan, CHM School Programs Manager  and Megan Clark, CHM School Programs Coordinator, engaged participants to:

  • Discover the ways women have organized to challenge the status quo using resources from Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote to explore  what the vote did and did not accomplish and for whom.
  • Learn the variety of issues that led women down the path to fight for voting rights, and see how that activism continued beyond suffrage.
  • Introduce the website Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote and model ways it can be used in your classroom.

If you missed the webinar, you can find a recording on our Webinar Archive, along with webinars from past civic learning partners.

  • Start with a Story: Inclusive History from Those Who Lived It with Retro Report
  • Using SCOTUS Cases to Teach Inclusive History with the ABA
  • Reading Like a Historian to Teach Inclusive History with Dr. Joel Breakstone, Director of the Stanford History Education Group
  • The History Wars: Past and Present with Dr. Bonnie Laughlin Schultz
  • Inclusive History with Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
  • What different perspectives are there on how our geographic, social, economic, and political landscape changed over time and on the benefits and costs of those changes? Examining Redlining and its Impacts with the Chicago History Museum
  • Honoring AAPI Heritage: Reflecting on History to Inform Action

While this webinar series has concluded for the 2022-23 school year, subscribe to our monthly newsletter to find out about future offerings to support the EAD Design Challenge of America’s Plural Yet Shared Story as well as visit our website to pursue our toolkits for classroom implementation.