Research by the National Women’s History Museum shows that out of 737 historical figures taught in K-12 curriculum standards in every state, only 178, or 24%, are women, including several fictional characters such as Rosie the Riveter. 98 of the women appear in only 1 state standard; only 15 are taught in more than 10 states.
To address why women are vastly underrepresented in U.S. history and social studies classrooms, and provide teachers and parents access to the educational support they need to reverse this trend, UNLADYLIKE2020 is convening a 2-hour Where Are the Women? Summit, streaming live on the American Masters YouTube channel on Saturday February 13, 2021, from 1pm-3pm EST, 12pm-2pm CST, 11am-1pm MST, and 10am-12pm PST. Follow on social: @unladylike2020 #WhereAreTheWomenSummit
Please RSVP here: bit.ly/WATWSummit
Teachers will receive a 2-hour professional development credit for their attendance, and all participants will get a free women’s history resource guide as a takeaway.
PROGRAM & SPEAKERS:
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT & POETRY RECITATION:
- U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior: A Call for Love and Justice
- Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History and the SNF Agora Institute at The Johns Hopkins University, and author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
- Lori Ann Terjesen, Director of Education at the National Women’s History Museum presents the results of the Where Are the Women? report
PANEL DISCUSSION AND LIVE CHAT AUDIENCE Q&A:
- MODERATOR: Treva B. Lindsey, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University, and author of Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C.
- PANELIST: Alexander Cuenca, Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at Indiana University, and a board member of the National Council for the Social Studies
- PANELIST: Daniel Czitrom, Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, and co-author of Out of Many: A History of the American People, a bestselling U.S. History textbook
- PANELIST: Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Women’s History Alliance which led the coalition that successfully lobbied Congress in the 1980s to designate March as National Women’s History Month
- PANELIST: Gholdy Muhammad, Associate Professor of Language, Literacy & Culture at Georgia State University, author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, and founder of a summer literacy institute called Black Girls WRITE!
- PANELIST: Katelin Zhou, a student at Stanford University and Co-Founder of Diversify Our Narrative, an organization of over five thousand students fighting for education reform in over 800 school districts across the U.S.
- Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character, and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!
- Kelsie Eckert, Social Studies Teacher at Moultonborough Academy in Moultonborough, NH, and President & Founder of The Remedial Herstory Project
- Isa Noyola, Co-President of the Women’s March Board, and Deputy Director of Mijente, the fastest growing English language social-network for the Latinx community
- Debra Sanchez, Senior Vice President, Education and Children’s Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- Stefanie Wager, President of the National Council for the Social Studies, and Education Partner Manager for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Project, a coalition of educators and historians focused on boosting student engagement and achievement through transformational social studies programs
- Teresa C. Younger, President & CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a thought leader at the intersection of gender and race
- Kristina Kirtley, Senior Producer for Content and Youth Engagement in Kids’ Media and Education at WNET, New York’s flagship public media company
- Sarah Dahl, English Language Arts Teacher at Park High School in Livingston, MT, and 2020 PBS Digital Innovator All-Star
- Robert “BJ” Garcia, Math Teacher at Crownover Middle School in Corinth, TX, and 2020 PBS Digital Innovator All-Star
The Where Are the Women? Summit is presented by Unladylike2020 in partnership with PBS’s flagship biography series American Masters, WNET, National Women’s History Museum, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council for History Education, National Women’s Hall of Fame, and National Women’s History Alliance, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in collaboration with PBS LearningMedia.