There are a number of interesting sites and blogs related to women’s history and Waldorf teaching (though none, to my knowledge, that combines the two topics). Here are a few of my favorites. If you have a suggestion, please leave a comment and I’ll consider adding it to the page!
Teaching Women’s History
Written especially for teachers, this site has lesson plans, useful essays for self-education (complete with suggested questions for discussion), biographies of famous women, etc. It’s particularly good at including women from non-Western cultures. Their own link page is in itself an amazing treasure trove of resources.
This site out of UTexas contains curriculum units and lessons on women in a number of specific contexts, including the Arab renaissance, the Indian Independence movement, the Mothers of the Disappeared in Chile and Argentina, and more. You’ll note that their sidebar also contains links to similar lesson plans for topics like Africa Enslaved, Migrations, and many other subjects that might be of interest. One nice thing about these plans is that they often include activities like image analysis, political cartoons, etc.–not just your usual “questions for classroom discussion.”
While this blog isn’t written specifically for teachers, it collects all sorts of links to primary source documents–films, images, documents, etc. It’s searchable and is a great place to look for source material to supplement your lesson plans.
A site that has all sorts of links to free online translations, course materials prepared by other teachers and professors, sites for ancient and biblical history, etc.
This page contains links to images, footage, biographies, and more on American women from a variety of backgrounds–there’s a special section on Native American women, for example, as well as Women in Aviation.
Waldorf Blogs and Links
This pdf document covers not only the inclusion of women in the curriculum, but also race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, transgender issues, etc. It was given to me by a friend from Boulder, CO, though it was apparently compiled by the diversity committee at the Denver Waldorf school. Despite my best efforts to track down the author(s), I don’t have a full citation, so if you know who created this incredible resource, please leave me a comment and I’ll gladly give him/her credit!
This excellent resource contains a large number of interesting research articles on the Waldorf curriculum, all of which can be seen online or downloaded for free. You can also subscribe to a print version of the research bulletin using a link from their home page.
Put together by the Research Institute for Waldorf Education, this site has compiled links to all the books, journals, research bulletins, etc. that address topics in Waldorf Education. Best of all, many of the resources can be downloaded for free!
If you’re interested in exploring the vast body of lectures (and books) by Rudolf Steiner, this archive contains a searchable database of literally hundreds of his works.
This is a blog maintained by Waldorf high school teacher Steve Sagarin, who examines many facets of Waldorf education, especially as they relate to the high school curriculum.
This blog, for teachers of grades 1-8, is full of helpful resources, curriculum tips, and book suggestions. While not focused on the issue of women, I can imagine that it would be of great use to teachers in the classroom, as well as homeschooling parents.
Women’s History Blogs
Check out my blog roll (the Blogs I Follow widget on the sidebar) for a list of blogs on a number of topics. All are interesting (or I wouldn’t be following them). The ones on women’s history are a fabulous resource for putting together quick biographies for teaching, or just learning more about the women in a given time or place. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the best:
This is a really excellent blog by Rebecca Price that features profiles of women from a number of time periods and places, as well as an online Women’s History digest and other, quite impressive, projects. She also maintains a project on Civil War Diaries. She’s not a teacher, but it’s a wonderful resource–her biography list alone is worth perusing if you’re looking for more info about a particular woman from history.
This is the site of a once-paper magazine Herstoria (which has since ended its run). The site contains a number of good, short profiles of significant women in history.
This is a great site for all things pertaining to American women’s history. It’s neatly organized and has informative, useful entries on a number of women and topics.
This blogger sorts her posts into categories (Activists, Musicians, Warriors, etc.) and you can search her database too. She also has a newsletter you can subscribe to.
As you might guess from the name, this blog takes a light tone when approaching women’s history. It catalogues the lives of women who were not, perhaps, always models of good behavior, but who changed history nonetheless. Her book is about as close to a beach read as you can get in women’s history. And I mean that in the best possible way. I literally read it on the beach. And had fun doing so.
This blog has very well-written profiles of women listed by country as well as category, so it’s great if you’re looking to fill out a lesson on a specific geographic region. Plus, as the title of the blog suggests, she has a sense of humor–always a good thing.