Women Through Time

Skill Builder Activities

(Skill Builders taken from Interest Projects for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts.  Elisabeth K. Boas, editor.  Girl Scouts of the United States of America, 1997.)

Complete Two:

1. Explore your personal history by finding out about the women in your family.  Look back at least two generations by reading family records or by talking to relatives to find out about rites of passage, educational or work experiences, travels, illnesses, or major family events.  How did those events reflect what was happening in the world at the time?  Record interesting details about the women's lives, personalities, and traditions in a scrapbook, or audiotape, or on videotape.

2. Conduct an oral history interview with an older woman.  Ask her what it was like growing up.  What were the education and work opportunities?  What are the major changes from her childhood to now?  Ask about changes in technology, communication, travel, entertainment, social roles, and responsibilities.

3. Go to a library or a museum and look through magazines or newspapers from 20 or more years ago.  How were women written about?  If possible, go back even further in time.  Can you see changes in the roles of women from one period to the next?  What are the differences and similarities between images then and now?  Be creative and make a historical or artistic collage to illustrate your findings.

4. Explore the life of Juliette Gordon Low.  Visit her birthplace in Savannah or read about her in historical materials.  What events in her life gave her the strength and vision to inspire the Girl Scout movement?  Write an essay or discuss your findings with your troop or group.

5. Read a diary, journal, or autobiography of a woman who lived at least 25 years ago.  Keep your own journal for at least a month.

6. Select an era in American history that interests you: for example, colonial America, the American frontier in the 1850s, the Roaring Twenties, or World War II.  Find out what it was like to be a woman during that time period.  Read a book, view a documentary, or visit a museum.  Share your discoveries in a troop or group discussion, in an essay, or through illustrations.




Exhibits and Resources

Women Through Time

Technology Activities