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Women's History Resource Pack

Mapping to MN State Standards


The resources on this page have been selected by eLibraryMN and Minnesota Digital Library librarians and curators to support the MN English Language Arts and the Social Studies standards, both current and pending, specifically related to women's history, with a particular focus on topics that are relevant to younger students. Resources in eLibraryMN and EbooksMN have unlimited simultaneous user access and are freely available to anyone geolocated in Minnesota. The primary source resources detailed are available to all, regardless of location.

Please reach out with questions or suggestions about linking to, using, or sharing these resources.  

Academic Research

Below is a collection of available topic overviews that link to many related articles and resources within ELM.

Britannica Women’s History Resource Pack

This collection of articles highlights famous women whose names your students might recognize. Remember that you can reading levels, language, and read aloud options on every article to help your students access the same information, tailored to their unique needs.

Pebble Go Biographies

All categories of PebbleGo biographies are carefully selected to include contributors from a wide array of backgrounds, cultures, and genders. Access the biography area and find the stories of women under any topic heading.

Explora: Womens History Month

Women's History Month is an annual observance of women's achievements and contributions to society. Use this collection of articles, encyclopedia entries, and more to help young students research the origins of this tradition.

Gale Middle: Women’s Rights Topic

View Gale’s collection around Women’s Right to access primary sources, audio/video, research articles, and creative works in celebration of the stories and achievements of women over time.




This is a curated group of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, Grade Interest Level K-8. All titles are available to students geolocated in MN without login. Linking directly to chapters is also possible. To link directly to the titles and share in your LMS or libguides, copy the link to the title(s) you want from our persistent link spreadsheet (if you are not accessing through the MackinVia app). Reach out to us with questions about linking. 

The U.S. WASP : trailblazing women pilots of World War II
Traces the history of a group of women pilots in World War II called the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP), discussing their work conditions, contributions to America, and legacy. Includes a timeline, fact boxes, primary sources, sidebars, photographs, a glossary, critical thinking questions, and further resources.

Founding mothers : women who shaped America
Uses primary source materials to document the transformation of women's rights in America since the founding of the United States. Details key advancements, such as the Suffrage Movement of the early twentieth century, and profiles important figures who helped advance women's rights. Includes full-color illustrations and a glossary.

Hidden heroes : the human computers of NASA
Briefly explores the history of NASA's "human computers," a team of mostly African American women who were the brains behind the calculations that successfully launched astronauts to the moon. Includes a glossary.

Still marching strong : women in modern America
Showcases the work performed by modern women in government, science, business, and other fields. Describes the struggles women have had to overcome on the way to equality and includes full-color photographs and a glossary.

Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton : early suffragists
Details the efforts of suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to fight for women's equality. Includes photographs and a glossary.

Girls rock! : amazing tales of women in music
Contains narrative stories profiling dozens of female musicians who have made major contributions to music and culture. Includes dozens of color photographs, a timeline, and further resources.

Primary Sources

Resources below are recommended by MDL curators from partners in primary source history.

"Votes for Women" wagon

Suffragette wagonWomen campaigned for the right to vote for decades before the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.

Jane Grey Swisshelm

Jane Grey SwisshelmSwisshelm was a prominent journalist, abolitionist, and women's activist who ran the newspapers "The St. Cloud Visitor" and the "St. Cloud Democrat."

Prof. Maria Sanford

Maria SanfordSanford was a professor of English at the University of Minnesota from 1880-1909 and was one of the first female professors in the United States.

Nancy Faribault McClure Huggins

Nancy Faribault McClure Huggins at treaty siteAs a young Dakota woman, she witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux near St. Peter.

MN Rep. Myrtle Cain

Rep. Myrtle CainElected in 1923, Cain was one of the first four women to serve in the state legislature. The others were Sue Metzger Dickey Hough, Hannah Johnson Kempfer, and Mabeth H. Paige.

Petra Fandrem Howard

Petra Fandrem HowardHoward was the first woman president of the Minnesota Association for the Deaf. In her early years she was also a suffragette.

Women railroad workers

Female railroad workersDuring World War II, women worked in many industries, including these female Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway workers.

Primary Source Set: Temperance to Prohibition

Women's Christian Temperance UnionLearn how women were at the forefront of the anti-alcohol movement, particularly with the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

Primary Source Set: Women's Suffrage

Petra Fandrem Howard as a suffragetteNew! Explore resources related to the women's suffrage movement in Minnesota.

Interlibrary Loan/Resource Sharing

For in depth research into these topics, sometimes you need to request materials from other libraries. These can be digital or they can sometimes be printed books. There are two main options for requesting these materials. One, MNLINK, allows you to search all Minnesota libraries for the requires the use of a public library card and PIN. While many educators use their own library card to help students, it is recommended that students use their own. However, this is not always possible, so there is a second option: Minitex Resource sharing for schools. This allows one staff member per school to request items on behalf of students and have the items sent directly to the school building. If you have questions about which option is better for you and your students, reach out to us and we can help.