Lesson Plans – Womens & Girls

Circle of Rights. Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Activism
Source: International Human Rights Internship Program, Forum-Asia
Curriculum Module 4 of the manual provides an introduction to the economic, social and cultural rights of women, with case studies, poems, stories, and resources.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: social studies


The Edge of Joy: Combating Maternal Mortality in Nigeria
Source: Pulitzer Center
Lesson plan with video that examines the social, cultural, religious, and human resource factors contributing to maternal deaths and the work being done to reverse the current trend. Demonstrates the interrelated factors that create the right to health for women.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: health, social studies, geography, women’s studies


Empowering Women: Empowering Children
Source: UNICEF
An introduction to gender equality using video, visual aids, statistical data, and interactive lessons. Designed to align with National Council for the Social Studies standards.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, math


End the Sexualization of Girls and Young Women in Mainstream Media

Source: Advocates for Human Rights
A toolkit with lesson that analyzes the impact of media on the rights of girls and young women from an international human rights framework, specifically the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Girls have the right to safe, self-directed, and healthy lives; free of coercion and sexual exploitation.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, language arts


Female Identity and Gender Expectations
Source: Teaching Tolerance
Examines how gender stereotypes affect sense of identity. Lessons include “Girls’ Attitudes About STEM Careers: Similarities and Differences Among Race/Ethnic Groups,” “Gender and Jobs—Women in the Workforce,” “The Importance of Female Voices,” “Legislating Equal Access.”
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, all-school activity


Gender Doesn’t Limit You

Source: Teaching Tolerance
Using literature geared toward young children, each lesson, in this six-lesson unit addresses a different form of gender bullying: peer exclusion, role exclusion, teasing about gendered activities, biased judgments, gendered beliefs, highlighting gender.
Grade Level: pre-K – upper elementary
Subject Area: social studies, language arts, science, all-school activity


Girls’ Rights Edition
Source: Advocates for Human Rights
A special issue newsletter on the rights of girls with lesson plans, ideas for creating gender equity in the classroom, resource lists, book reviews, fact sheets, and action opportunities.
Grade Level: elementary – middle school
Subject Area: social studies, women’s studies


Rights of Women Toolkit
Source: Advocates for Human Rights
Lesson plans, rights of women quiz, fact sheets, and resources that focus on women, peace, and politics.
Grade Level: elementary – adult
Subject Area: social studies, women’s studies


Speak Truth to Power: Juliana Dogbadzi

Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center
Activities based on the Juliana Dogbadzi story of escape from a modern form of slavery in Ghana.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, world religions, women’s studies


Speak Truth to Power: Mohammed Yuus
Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center
Activities based on Mohammed Yuus’ establishment of the Grameen Bank to help women gain economic independence.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, economics, women’s studies


To Educate a Girl

Source: UNICEF
Addresses the worldwide inequity of girls’ access to fair and quality education with lessons, resources, and action ideas. Focus on girls from Nepal and Uganda.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, geography


Women.Children.Crisis
Source: Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting
A collection of global reporting projects including news articles and videos that illuminates the adversity and discrimination experienced by women and children.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, geography


Women’s History
Source: Library of Congress
Lessons include: Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes, Suffragists and Their Tactics, and Women’s Suffrage: Their Rights and Nothing Less
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, women’s history