Women in Politics

The objective of this lesson is to examine the growing role of women in politics.

The role of women in our society is growing each year, especially with music powerhouses like Beyonce and Madonna and breakthrough female film directors like Kathryn Bigelow leading the way. These strong females are really setting a benchmark for women all across the country.

Just like women in media, women in politics are breaking down that “glass ceiling.” 2013 marks a milestone in women’s political history, 19 female Senators have taken office. Though women are not a majority, their rise in political power reflects the changing times in our country. The U.S. population is 51 percent female. In Congress, however, 90 percent of the lawmakers are male, 89 percent in the House of Representatives and 80 percent in the Senate.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Students should watch the provided videos and then discuss their opinions on women's roles in politics. Students should be split into groups, and each group should be assigned a female Senator to profile. Students should be instructed to imagine that they are organizing a museum exhibit in their assigned Senator's hometown. They should create a profile for the Senator and include any important roles she has played in politics. The following should be included in the exhibit:

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