Whether you're preparing for your fieldtrip to the Activist New York exhibition or you're interested in using primary sources to teach social activism in the classroom, these lesson plans will support your instruction. Contained in these materials for teachers are primary sources, vocabulary lists, activities, and a bibliography for further research, including links to articles to make contemporary connections to current events. Lessons presented here draw upon the New York State Social Studies Standards and the Common Core Standards. 

Additional lesson plans on the women’s activism can be found on the Museum’s website here.


Gender Equality
Gay Rights
Gay is Good
Civil Rights for Gays and Lesbians
Woman Suffrage
New York is the Battleground
Woman Suffrage
Debating Vice
The Anti-Obscenity and Birth Control Movements 1870-1930
Image of the Anti-Violence Project marching on the NYC Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice
When Existence Is Resistance:
Transgender Activism, 1969-2019
On the 50th anniversary of national woman suffrage, Betty Friedan spearheaded the Women’s Strike for Equality march
The Personal Is Political:
Women’s Liberation in New York, 1960-1982