Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the year. Women have overcome daunting odds to succeed and excel in all areas of human endeavor, including science, manufacturing, athletics, business, and exploration. These passages about outstanding women cover the broad spectrum of the accomplishments of notable women. Their stories are sure to inspire your students. 

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(20) Passages included in this Reading Set:

1/20 Passages in this Set

Abigail Smith Gets to Know John Adams

Abigail Smith liked John Adams. The feeling was mutual. But Abigail’s mother didn’t think the young country lawyer was good eno...

463 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Figurative Language, Summary
2/20 Passages in this Set

Bessie Blount Griffin: Inventor and Forensic Scientist

Bessie Blount Griffin was an inventor, nurse, physical therapist, and forensic scientist. She was the first African American wo...

443 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, Summary
3/20 Passages in this Set

Clara Barton and the American Red Cross

Clara Barton was a fearless woman. Her desire to help Union soldiers during the Civil War led her to be known as the “Angel of ...

351 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Summary
4/20 Passages in this Set

Helen Learns Words

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter IV passage: This passage is from Helen Kelle...

879 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, Summary
5/20 Passages in this Set

African American Inventors: Patricia Bath

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Patricia Bath was the first black female doctor to r...

245 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Summary
6/20 Passages in this Set

Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

Nature writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson wrote the highly controversial book, “Silent Spring.” The book had the chemica...

439 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Main / Central Idea, Summary
7/20 Passages in this Set

Calamity Jane and the Black Hills Expedition

The Black Hills in Dakota played a big part of the gold rush history. In 1875, the Newton-Jenny Expedition headed out to map th...

487 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Story Elements, Summary
8/20 Passages in this Set

The Lady with the Lamp

by Laura E. Richards from Florence Nightingale: The Angel of the Crimea

Chapter XI passage: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)...

638 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Symbolism, Theme
9/20 Passages in this Set

Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Star

Students will read a biography about Olympic athlete Wilma Rudolph and the obstacles she had to overcome to be successful. Stud...

558 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, Summary
10/20 Passages in this Set

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was one of the most famous aviators of the 20th century. Students will read a passage about Amelia Earhart and ...

253 Words, 6th-7th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, Summary