Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's not too late for a video crash course through women's history

Sit down, strap in, press play and get ready for a whirlwind tour through women's history.

The four-DVD set "A History of Women's Achievement in America" is an ambitious project that covers 400 years in four hours. 

And it works.

This collection would be perfect for a daily or weekly dose of women's history  for the K-12 set or for an introduction to women's studies class.  It's brief, rhythmic format is what today's youth has come to accept and can easily digest, but it will leave more hard-core history buffs wanting more.

For the curious, it's a receiving line of introduction to fascinating individuals from poetry to politics, from science to sports, and everywhere in between.

Hosted by actress Donna Mills, the series includes lesson plans, a photo gallery, a time line and copies of historical documents such as the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the text of the 19th Amendment and Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech.

The series begins in 1621 and ends in 2001, already leaving a 10-year gap to the present day.  I'd love to see it continue.

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