Here are some ideas developed in each class to help you clarify the essential question you want to focus on. These represent a starting point – feel free to adjust and/or combine various ideas to form your own essential question. You must identify your essential question by Tuesday 12-14 (comment here) as it will guide you through the Gallery Showing on Thursday.
How does one accomplish change in society?
How can a disadvantaged group advocate for change?
How can historical events inform activists’ actions?
What methods can activists use to create social change?
What are the obstacles that groups face in their struggle to achieve social change?
What has been the changing role of women throughout American history?
Must groups achieve social, political, and economic rights in order to achieve equality?
Should groups work within the system to create change or work from outside in order to force a desired change?
How can the creation of law affect the way people act?
What has changed the way we perceive gender roles? What has not changed?
How has our society’s power structure affected gender relations?
What role do the media play in perpetuating gender stereotypes?
How has women’s inequality been established/enforced throughout American history?
How has the media’s perception of body image affected women’s body image?
How has women’s body image been molded by the media over time?
How have women’s roles evolved and developed? Does the stereotypical role still exist?
In what ways have women’s rights evolved over time?
In what ways have gender roles evolved over time and how do they impact daily lives?
What’s the relationship between body image and violence against women?
Why have women been historically excluded from political thinking and roles?
Why is it important to study women’s history?
How has the role of women in politics changed over time? Or, not changed?
How is women’s involvement in politics limited by gender/societal expectations?
What’s the connection between expected societal roles for women and the level of respect/power they’re issued?
How have American women impacted social and political issues globally?
How has clothing and appearance of women changed over time? Is there a relationship between the change and their political roles?
How have women’s professional roles developed over time?
What role has marriage played in the lives of women over time?
How has women’s role in politics changed throughout history? How has politics changed due to women?
What is the connection between women meeting appearance ideals/expectations and their success/power in society?
What does the evolution of a woman’s reproductive freedom tell us about the larger women’s rights movement.