The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 2

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50 Fearless Women
updated April 3, 2021

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50 Fearless Women
for Class 2


This Cultural block was a bit unusual. We did the traditional block of the Saints with a mixed second/third grade class in October but then did "Fearless Women from U.S. History" for our Virtuous People side of things.

I got the idea because I taught this block in a mixed age homeschool co-op, and the fifth graders did U.S. Presidents in October (2020 being an election year). I then had both groups hear stories about Fearless Women in March (when fifth grade had N. Amer. Geography). It was a very balancing experience, since they had both done so many male figures from history in October.

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I am basing this block on 50 Fearless Women Who Made American History by Jenifer Bazzit.

And if you have a wonderful idea for a woman who would be a great fit for this list, email Renee!

This block could obviously also be taught in 7th & 8th grade, when U.S. History is studied and with a particular emphasis on biographies.

List of Stories & Activities

We can't study all 50 women in this book, of course. Here is the complete list of biographies.

Some of the resources I suggest would be better for doing this study in the older grades; I'm going to list everything here for simplicity's sake and you can decide what makes sense for your child.

Pocahontas, p.1
(ca. 1597 - 1617)

Anne Hutchinson, p.4

Mercy Otis Warren, p.7

Phillis Wheatley, p.10
(ca. 1753 - 1784)

Deborah Sampson, p.13
(1760 - 1827)

Abigail Adams, p.16

Sacagawea, p.19
(ca. 1788 - 1812)

Lucretia Mott, p.22

Sojourner Truth, p.25

Dorothea Dix, p.28

Harriet Beecher Stowe, p.31

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, p.34

Susan B. Anthony, p.37
(1820 - 1906)

Harriet Tubman, p.40
(ca. 1820 - 1913)

Clara Barton, p.43

Elizabeth Blackwell, p.46

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, p.49
(1837 - 1930)

Victoria Woodhull, p.52

Queen Lili'uokalani, p.55
(1838 - 1917)

Frances Willard, p.58

Jane Addams, p.61
(1860 - 1935)

Ida B. Wells, p.64

Nellie Bly, p.67
(1864 - 1922)

Clara Lemlich, p.70

Helen Keller, p.73
(1880 - 1968)

Emily Greene Balch, p.76

Georgia O'Keeffe, p.79
(1887 - 1986)

Eleanor Roosevelt, p.82

Amelia Earhart, p.85

Clare Boothe Luce, p.88

Grace Hopper, p.91

Rachel Carson, p.94
(1907 - 1964)

Virginia Apgar, p.97
(1909 - 1974)

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    by Paola Quintavalle

    Apgar score article
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Rosa Parks, p.100

Marguerite Higgins, p.103

Maria Tallchief, p.106
1925 - 2013

Coretta Scott King, p.109

Muriel Siebert, p.112

Maya Angelou, p.115

Dolores Huerta, p.118
(1930 - )

Sandra Day O'Connor, p.121

Gloria Steinem, p.124

Barbara Jordan, p.127

Marian Wright Edelman, p.130

Billie Jean King, p.133

Sally Ride, p.136

Oprah Winfrey, p.139

Sonia Sotomayor, p.142
(1954 - )

Maya Lin, p.145

Mary Bonauto, p.148

Of course, we could also add in Kamala Harris, first woman vice president of the United States!

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