In this lesson, students will explore the importance of educating girls and examine the barriers that keep girls out of school—all the while learning to become advocates for education. Studying the girls' education movement can shine a recent, relevant perspective on a range of issues covered in U.S. History, including women's suffrage and gender studies. Such study also provides an opportunity for students to learn about women’s rights leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt. The lesson also uses the story of gender rights activist Malala Yousafzai.
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