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Web Resources for Teaching Women's History Month

This PowerPoint preserves the presentation at CORE Academy, 2015. All links have been updated to 2023 addresses, or, in a few cases, de-linked. While there is much to add with regard to more recent developments in the teaching of women's history and web resources, this presentation preserves some of the teaching approaches and particular specialties of my decades of teaching, primarily through Women's Literature classes, but also in specialties that stressed online supplements to textbooks and the expanding canon in American and English Literature. All images are taken from freely accessible sites on the web that are credited with their image.

Features of this presentation include a deeper focus on the National Women's Hall of Fame and the National Park site commemorating the 1848 Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention. (I was raised in upstate New York; I also followed the 2011 induction into the Hall of Fame of locally centered activist, Lilly Ledbetter.) Particular women I have elevated in the classroom or in personal research--including Martha Ballard, Harriet Jacobs, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Bell, Elizabeth Robins-- are highlighted with links to their projects, historical homes, or presence at important library archives.

Strategies for engaging students in the traditional, face-to-face classroom may seem dated, now that we have moved through the pandemic, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and yet become more immersive in technology. Nevertheless, the endurance of these resources through their websites is significant. JSU also has an active Women's History class, often taught online. And the JSU Houston Cole Library's databases and electronic resources are more and more impressive.

From JSU press release on its hosting of the Conference, from the JSU News Department:

  • The CORE Academy is an offshoot of JSU’s Collaborative Regional Education (CORE) program, which – with more than $27 million in grant funding from partners including the US Department of Education – brings technology to high-need rural classrooms in an effort to improve college and work readiness among 8th-12th grade students.
  • Each year, the CORE Academy manages to grow and achieve even greater success than the year prior. Held for the first time in 2013, the academy teaches educators to embrace students’ obsession with smartphones, iPads and other electronic devices and harness technology to better engage their classrooms.
  • In 2015, a record number of 450 participants representing 33 school systems attended CORE Academy.

Dr. Joanne E. Gates presented in a session with her former Graduate Women's Literature student, Marsha Law, who perfected and expanded her class project on teaching Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Resources for the presentation were made accessible electronically, through the registration portal that most participants access through their ipads or portable electronic devices. Then the original versions of both PowerPoints had been hosted at the Gates subdirectory of JSU English but is no longer accessible.

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Not previously published in print form. Previously available at the Professor's University webpage, which is no longer active.