Free Resources for Women’s History Month

We have compiled free resources to support you through Women’s History Month that all take advantage of the power of film. They include core-based lesson plans, fully prepared and ready for immediate classroom use, as they highlight the stories of women who are changemakers, thought leaders, scholars, scientists and much more.

Hidden Figures tells the story of  Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These women, known as “human computers,” worked for NASA in the 1960s. Our FREE Hidden Figures teaching guide features 8 lessons across the curriculum. It is our most popular resource and features a lesson women in science.  We also offer a free Hidden Figures discussion guide that’s great for film clubs and community groups. 

He Named Me Malala is a dynamic documentary featuring live action and animated sequences to tell the true life story of Malala Yousafzai. She was only 11 years old when she began detailing her experiences in Pakistan for the BBC. Terrorists shot and almost killed her — but she survived and continues to advocate for gender equity around the world. Her story, with  our corresponding free discussion guide, inspires students. Our extensive curriculum guide explores the history of the Taliban, the geography of Pakistan, and more.

JANE is a documentary film from National Geographic showcasing the life and important work of revolutionary biologist Jane Goodall. She was a pioneer in the field of primatology. We’ve created a free discussion guide for this film.  

More Popular Women’s History Resources

Two of our newest resources highlight women whose stories resonate with students because of the relevancy to issues facing many students today. For Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down, we’ve created a discussion guide and a learning guide. Both highlight Gabby’s inspirational life and our learning guide is perfect for differentiated learning, hybrid learning and for focused lessons on civics, career pathways, gun violence and much more. Rebel Hearts features three standards-based lessons relevant to U.S. History classes, World Religions and Art.

Big Sonia is a documentary about Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski. Wadjda tells an uplifting story of a ten year-old girl committed to getting her own bicycle. The film’s director is Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker. Whale Rider connects with students as it shares  the story of a Maori girl struggling to find her place in her community. Finally, Queen of Katwe is a beautiful narrative film starring Lupita Nyong’o, based on the true life story of young chess champion Phiona Mutesi.

We can’t wait for you to bring these powerful resources to your classroom. Happy Women’s History Month!A collage image featuring movie posters or curriculum guide covers for Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down, Hidden Figures, Rebel Hearts, Wadjda, He Named Me Malala, Queen of Katwe, Whale Rider, Jane, Big Sonia

Written by Jennifer Fischer.