Are women's rights different than human rights? What are the benefits of promoting equality for women? Study the history of women's rights in America and around the world as you learn about the fight for women's equality.
Address to Congress on Women's Suffrage
Carrie Chapman Catt
Carrie Chapman Catt argues in favor of granting women the right to vote.
Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
Malala Yousafzai still advocates for women's education after being shot in the head by the Taliban.
Testimony Before the Senate Hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment
In her speech advocating in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment, feminist Gloria Steinem seeks to dispel myths about women.
Ain't I a Woman?
In this rousing speech, Truth argues that all women — regardless of skin color — should be granted the same rights as all men.
Opposition to the Women's Rights Movement
This piece was written as a rebuttal to Dr. Dewey, who, in defense of women’s rights, denied Biblical justification for the subjugation of women.
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
This document, signed by 100 people at the first women's rights convention, was controversial in its time.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
NPR reports on the relatively little-known WWII group WASP—the Women Airforce Service Pilots—who struggled for national and military recognition.
The Story of Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells was an African-American journalist, editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women
First Lady Hillary Clinton
In this speech, First Lady Hillary Clinton tells the United Nations that women’s rights are human rights.
Emma Watson’s United Nations: “HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too” Speech
Emma Watson launches the UN Women campaign for ending gender inequality: HeForShe.
The Life’s Work of Susan B. Anthony
The two articles included in this informational text discuss Susan B. Anthony’s life and contributions to the suffrage movement.
Was Hard Fight to Get Vote
The Barre Daily Times
This article from The Barre Daily Times discusses women’s fight for the right to vote and their success.
Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013
In this speech to the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai describes her experience after being shot by members of the Taliban and her commitment to education and rights for women.
First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’
The first two women to graduate from The U.S. Army Ranger School recount their experience.
Excerpt from 'Susan B. Anthony, The Woman'
Journalist Susan Dare interviews Susan B. Anthony and describes the life of this famous women’s rights activist.
Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Malala Yousafzai receives the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for education.
‘Why Sit Here and Die’ Speech
Maria W. Stewart
Maria W. Stewart speaks to the New England Anti-Slavery Society about the status and rights of African Americans.
Serving with the Women's Army Corps
Veterans History Project
Wilma Hugunin, a World War II veteran who served in the Women’s Air Force, discusses her experiences during the war.