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High School Students Discovering Contributions of Women in Colonial America

Mary McCauley

Berkshire High school students in the Women’s Studies course are discovering the overlooked ladies of the Colonial Era, who managed to impact US history in a variety of ways. All of the women who were researched stand out for one reason or another, as some broke gendered labor norms or spoke-out in an era where women were not supposed to be heard. Several of those historical figures are pictured and include Kateri Tekakwitha, Phillis Wheatley, and Mary Hays McCauley. The big idea students took from the project is that we can learn so much about carving out our own place in the world from these female pioneers of American society. Through their lives and examples, these women stood up for what they believed, what was fair, what they wanted, and they forever changed the path for American women who came after them. The class prepared to share these inspiring stories with each other, while enjoying a girl-power playlist they created from their favorite female artist musicians.

Kateri Tekakwitha Phillis Wheatley

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