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Population Education


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America, United States



American HerStory

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Population Connection

  • This lesson investigates the stereotypes about women through a student-perspective activity and looks at how gender roles have changed since 1900 through a group research project.
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson is thought-provoking, engaging, and will facilitate deep student conversation. 
  • The resources provided are varied and can be differentiated. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some background knowledge on gender roles and stereotypes, American history, and feminism. 
  • Teachers will need to input their email address and name in order to download the lesson plans. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in science classes when discussing how empowering women can positively impact climate change. 
  • The presentation portion of the second lesson could be extended into more formal presentations or speeches in order to extend the unit. 
  • Have students journal about their learning and experiences after the first lesson, as the lesson is very personal and it should help students empathize with others.
  • Consider adding additional roles to the list of occupations such as solar installer, lawyer, judge, member of congress, scientist, researcher, president, bar tender, flight attendant, or bus driver.
Scientist Notes
Students can analyze these simple instances and learn more about how gender roles are changing in the U.S. by using this resource, which also addresses gender stereotypes. The SDG of "leaving no one behind" by 2030 must be achieved and addressing gender disparities internationally is essential. This teaching resource is suggested.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-12.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
      • SL.9-12.3 Present information and supporting evidence appropriate to task, purpose, and audience so listeners can follow the line of reasoning and incorporate multimedia when appropriate.
  • Social Studies
    • History
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in United States and world history, including the roots of democratic philosophy, ideals, and institutions in the world by analyzing and critiquing major historical eras: major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of the world and the implications for the present and future.
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