With 2020 marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and celebrating the Utah Territory women’s first vote in the modern nation on February 14, 1870, Utah nonprofit Better Days 2020 announces the immediate availability of its Utah women’s history curriculum for 5th and 11th-grade students.
The new set of 5th and 11th-grade lessons, designed to work in tandem with U.S. History courses, are immediately available for teachers to download at www.utahwomenshistory.org; they augment the previously released lesson plans, which focus on 4th and 7th grade Utah Studies.
“Many people know about the national suffrage story but they are unaware of Utah’s role in that narrative,” explained Better Days 2020 Education Director Naomi Watkins. “Our new women’s history curriculum for 5th and 11th-grade students tells the story of Utah and its pivotal role in the national suffrage movement. The lessons require students to examine primary source documents from national and Utah suffrage organizations and events, and ask students to reflect on how they can contribute to their own communities.”
Better Days 2020 will offer two 2019 Teacher Training Seminars in partnership with the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah. The first teacher training is scheduled for June 10-14 entitled, “The Struggle for Women's Rights in Utah: 1870s-1970s” and will include the following lineup of scholars:
- Dr. Jenny Reeder, 19th Century Women's History Specialist, LDS Church History Department
- Dr. Andrea Radke-Moss, Professor of Women's History/American History, BYU-Idaho
- Dr. Farina King, Assistant Professor of History and affiliate of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies Department, Northeastern State University
- Dr. Martha Bradley-Evans, Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah
The second teacher training is scheduled for July 15-19 and is entitled, “Race and Religion in the Women’s Rights Movement, 1865-1965.” To date, Dr. Anne Boylan, Professor of History, University of Delaware has been confirmed with final confirmation from another scholar who will focus on Black women’s activism during the movement; registration for both teacher trainings open in March.
Watkins added, “While we hope these anniversaries are a catalyst for teaching about this history, our education curriculum and teacher training goal is to ensure women’s history and perspectives continue to be integrated into classrooms beyond 2020.”
The Better Days 2020 campaign is comprised of strategic educational, legislative and creative initiatives, which include projects such as the development of a Utah women’s history curriculum for 4th, 5th, 7th and 11th grades; a historic walking tour and downtown experience that includes significant suffragist sites; an art installation in front of Utah’s historic Council Hall; and management efforts with Utah’s federal delegation to pass a joint resolution giving Utah its rightful claim as a major player in the suffrage movement; among other key suffrage celebration projects.
ABOUT BETTER DAYS 2020
Better Days 2020 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history. The year 2020 commemorates women’s history in Utah, celebrating the Utah Territory women’s first vote in 1870, as well as the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted all U.S. women the right to vote. To learn more and/or support, visit www.betterdays2020.org.