In this lesson, students draw inspiration from hip hop’s ever increasing glamorization of “bad” girls to research and analyze a so-called “bad girl” in history. This “bad girl” does not have to be someone who has committed crimes or behaved maliciously, but she should be a woman who has defied social norms and rebelled against stereotypical gender roles to change history.
Historian and author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said "Well behaved women seldom make history." This comment has since been featured on mugs, greetings cards, bumper stickers, etc. While the misbehaved women she spoke of may differ from the "bad" girls referenced in rap music, one can still draw many parallels between these women. Lead a discussion about these connections with your class.