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A History of Women's Achievement in America

Without the American woman's pioneering fortitude, the early colonies at Jamestown and Plymouth Plantation, would not have survived. From then on, millions of American pioneer women would push the frontier ever forward. Destined to play an essential role in the shaping of the United States; American women forged an identity unlike any other in the world. That identity found a voice as they created great literature and science.
  • Title ID 27-WA
  • History, American History, Social Studies, Minority Achievement
  • 8 Programs
  • 8 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2006 by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
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Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

The Making of a New WorldRunning time is 29 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this first program of American women history.

Chapter List
1621 - Women Help Found the English Colonies
Women pioneers in the English Colonies of Jamestown and Plymouth Plantation, made the colonies successful, and began creating an American woman persona, especially among the Puritan women.
1650 - Anne Hutchinson and Anne Bradstreet Use New Found American Independence to Express Themselves
Anne Hutchinson and Anne Bradstreet were women leaders in the Massachusetts Bay Colony; Bradstreet the first of America's many women writers, and Hutchinson who was responsible for the Rhode Island founding, while later, women were found killed in Salem for practicing witchcraft.
1773 - Phillis Wheatley Becomes America's First Black Woman Poet
Phillis Wheatley, America's first Black Poet, wrote "On Being Brought From Africa to America," which established as a great colonial poet.
1776 - Abigail Adams and the Female Patriots
Abigail Adams and the female Patriots Deborah Samson and Mary Ludwig Hays, also known as Molly Pitcher, as well as the Daughters of Liberty, took part in the American Revolution, led by Abigail's husband, John Adams.
1805 - Sacagawea, Interpreter and Guide, Aids Lewis and Clark
Sacagawea helped Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery Expedition, especially when they met her Shoshone relatives.

The Era of Women's FirstsRunning time is 28 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this second program of American women history.

Chapter List
1836 - Hispanic-American Juana Briones Establishes San Francisco
Juana Briones founded San Francisco, California.
1837 - Mary Lyon Founds Mount Holyoke, the First Women's College
Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke, the first Women's College, and the first of the colleges known as the Seven Sisters, beginning the march of women toward full women's rights.
1846 - Susan Magoffin Travels the Santa Fe Trail
Susan Shelby Magoffin, one of the first women pioneers on the Santa Fe Trail, was one of the 19th century's first women writers.
1847 - Maria Mitchell is the First Scientist to Discover a Comet Using a Telescope
Maria Mitchell, America's first woman of astronomy, taught women to be astronomers, paving the way for women scientists, like Jocelyn Bell, who discovered pulsars.
1849 - Amelia Bloomer Publishes The Lily, the First National Magazine for Women
Amelia Bloomer published The Lily, a magazine devoted to the women's rights movement led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
1851 - Sojourner Truth Addresses a Women's Rights Convention in Ohio
Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist who fought for women's rights and against slavery.

Women Speak OutRunning time is 29 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this third program of American women history.

Chapter List
1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe Writes Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, the leading Abolitionist tale against, slavery and owning slaves.
1852 - Emily Dickinson Publishes First Poem
Emily Dickinson was the 19th century's greatest woman poet.
1856 - Harriet Tubman Becomes the Most Notorious Underground Railroad Conductor
Harriet Tubman, a leader on the Underground Railroad, helped slaves escape slavery.
1868 - Louisa May Alcott Writes Little Women
Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, was a great novelist who helped establish the American women's identity.
1872 - Susan B. Anthony is Arrested for Voting
Susan B. Anthony, a leader of women's rights and civil rights, was helped by long time friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
1881 - Clara Barton Founds the American Red Cross
Clara Barton who founded the American Red Cross, was a nurse during the Civil War.
1885 - Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, Belle Starr and the Women of the Wild, Wild West
Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and Belle Starr are three of America's most famous cowgirls and women pioneers.

America Enters the World of NationsRunning time is 28 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this fourth program of American women history.

Chapter List
1889 - Jane Addams Founds Hull House in Chicago
Jane Addams founded Hull House, as an answer to families and immigrants hurt by 19th century America's rapid industrialization, and became America's first, woman Nobel laureate,
1889 - Nellie Bly Goes Around the World in 72 Days
Nellie Bly, first of the women journalists and one of America's women pioneers in business, was the inspiration for the fictional Brenda Starr and Lois Lane.
1891 - Mary Cassatt's First Solo Art Show in Paris
Mary Cassatt, a leader of Impressionism, was an American painter, who went to France and became one of the great women artists.
1893 - Ida B. Wells-Barnett Crusades Against Black Lynching in America
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the first of the Black women Civil Rights activists, crusaded against Black lynching.
1904 - Gertrude Pridgett (Ma Rainey) introduces the Blues
Ma Rainey founded the Blues, and was one of the first great American singers and women singers.
1905 - Isadora Duncan Opens First School of Modern Dance
Isadora Duncan founded the first School of Modern Dance and established modern dance in the 20th century.
1912 - Juliette Gordon Low Founds the Girl Scouts of America
Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts and was one of America's women pioneers of women rights.

Women Begin to Transform ThemselvesRunning time is 29 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this fifth program of American women history.

Chapter List
1916 - Jeannette Rankin Becomes the First Woman Elected to the U.S. Congress
Jeannette Rankin, elected to Congress before woman suffrage was passed was a leader for women rights.
1920 - Women Gain the Right to Vote
The 19th Amendment allowed women to gain the right to vote, a right fought for by suffragettes first led by Susan B. Anthony in the 19th century.
1920 - Edith Wharton Wins a Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, and was the first woman novelist to win the Pulitzer Prize.
1928 - Margaret Mead Publishes Coming of Age in Samoa
Margaret Mead, who wrote Coming of Age in Samoa, studied with the great anthropologist, Ruth Benedict, and became one of the greatest of American scientists, setting the stage for women scientists.
1929 - Georgia O'Keeffe Visits New Mexico for the First Time
Georgia O'Keeffe, the American painter, who lived with gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, was one of the greatest women painters and helped establish American Art in the 20th century
1932 - Amelia Earhart Flies the Atlantic Ocean Solo
Amelia Earhart, one of the America's women pioneers, flew airplanes and became one of the best pilots of the first half of the 20th century.
1935 - Mary McLeod Bethune Founds the National Council of Negro Women
Mary McLeod Bethune, a member of FDR's Black Cabinet, founded Bethune Cookman College and the National Council of Negro Women, which allied with the NAACP to promote Civil Rights.

America Becomes a Super PowerRunning time is 29 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this sixth program of American women history.

Chapter List
1936 - Eleanor Roosevelt Transforms the Role of First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt was First Lady who changed the image of White House wives, therefore pushing forward women's rights, and as the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, helped push along all civil rights.
1942 - "Rosie the Riveter" joins the War Effort
Rosie the Riveter was the icon of women's worker in World War II, and exemplified women's contributions in the Greatest Generation, as seen in the WASPS, the Women's Air Force Service Pilots.
1950 - Babe Didrikson named Woman Athlete of the Half Century
Babe Didrikson, the great woman Athlete, was the best woman golfer and helped launch the LPGA.
1950 - Margaret Chase Smith Stands Up to Joseph McCarthy with Declaration of Conscience Speech
Margaret Chase Smith with her Declaration of Conscience Speech in the U.S. Senate, showed that women were strong leaders, thereby helping to further define the American female identity, and promote women's rights.
1950 -Gwendolyn Brooks Wins the Pulitzer Prize
Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author, inspired the idea of 'Black is beautiful.'
1955 - Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Montgomery Bus to a White Passenger
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus and set the stage for the end of segregation and the beginning of full Civil Rights for Blacks.
1956 - Tennis-Pro Althea Gibson Becomes the First African American Woman to Win Grand Slam Tourney
Althea Gibson, a Black athlete in tennis, opened the door for Black women athletes in American sports.

American Women Find their VoiceRunning time is 28 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this seventh program of American women history.

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1959 - Lorraine Hansberry's Play A Raisin in the Sun is Produced
Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sidney Poitier, was a woman author and American playwright who opened the door for other Black playwrights on Broadway.
1963 - Betty Friedan Launches the New Women's Movement
Betty Friedan a leader of the women's movement, wrote The Feminine Mystique, a voice for women's rights and civil rights and co-founded The National Organization for Women, while Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine and Bella Abzug became a U.S. Representative.
1967 - Lynn Margulis Explains the Origin of Complex Biological Live
Lynn Margulis, one of the 20th century's leading women scientists, studied symbiotic reproduction and eukaryotic Cells, and proposed the Gaia hypothesis as part of evolution.
1969 - Joan Ganz Cooney Launches Sesame Street
Joan Ganz Cooney developed Sesame Street of the Children's Television Workshop in which Muppets are used to teach young children.
1973 - Roe v. Wade Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Laws
Roe v. Wade, the landmark case for woman's rights, involving Jane Roe who sued to get an abortion against DA Henry Wade, would pit Pro Life versus Pro Choice in a struggle over privacy rights that began with Griswold V. Connecticut.
1978 - Hispanic Golfer Nancy Lopez Wins Her First LPGA Championship
Nancy Lopez a Hispanic golfer, becomes the leading women's golfer in the LPGA.
1981 - Women in the Legal System and Sandra Day O'Connor
Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was one of the 20th century's women pioneers who helped to expand women's rights and civil rights.

A New Age of EqualityRunning time is 28 minutes

Women achievement, the history of women in America and women heroes are shown in this eighth program of American women history.

Chapter List
1985 - Wilma Mankiller Becomes Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Wilma Mankiller was elected leader of the Cherokee Nation, one of many Native American women who became leaders in their tribes, was was also one of few native American women writers.
1986 - Oprah Winfrey Initiates a New Era for Women in Television
Oprah Winfrey, a leader of women in television, was one of the women pioneers of television, a group that includes Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore.
1989 - Asian American Amy Tan Publishes The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, is an American novelist writing about her Chinese culture.
1997 - Madeleine Albright Begins a New Era for Women in American Leadership
Madeleine Albright was one of the 20th century's women pioneers, and showed that women were becoming a force in leadership roles of government when appointed Secretary of State.
1998 - Pleasant Rowland Sells the American Girl Company
Pleasant Rowland, founder of the American Girl Company, was a women entrepreneur, in the mold of the American entrepreneur.
2001- Linda Alvarado Wins the Horatio Alger Award
Linda Alvarado, an American Entrepreneur, was a leading Hispanic business woman who won the Horatio Alger Award.

Supplemental Files

Historical Document - 1964 Civil Rights Act
Historical Document - 19th Amendment
Historical Document - Abigal Adams Letters
Historical Document - Aint I a Woman speech, Sojourner Truth
Historical Document - Roe v. Wade
MARC Records for WA
MARC records for the series A History of Women's Achievement in America
Teacher Guide for Womens Achievement Series
Timeline - Chronology of Womens Achievement