Online Class: Twenty Women Who Changed American History

This course explores the 20 most influential women who shaped American history.

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Course Description

When the first European settlers arrived to stake their claim in America, they brought with them their philosophies, their religious beliefs, and their women. And over the course of nearly four centuries, many strong, even fearless women have risked their lives to change what they saw as injustices, not only for themselves but for all people who faced the wrongs inflicted upon them by an imperfect society.

This course looks at the lives of women such as Anne Hutchinson, who resisted the efforts of a male society to control what she could say, and Abigail Adams, who resisted the entrenched societal belief that women's lives were of less importance than men's. It examines the work of women such as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth who, despite being born into slavery, not only managed to escape their captors but risked their lives to help others escape their fate.

We'll look at the fight for women's suffrage through the life of women such as Susan B. Anthony, who fought to secure women's right to vote, and the fight for American workers to have a voice in their work through the eyes of "Mother" Jones, once called the most dangerous woman in America.

Not to be forgotten in the creation of America are modern feminists like Gloria Steinem, who worked tirelessly to raise the status of women to a level equal to men, and Ada Deer and Dolores Huerta, who saw the living conditions of marginalized people as simply unacceptable. In all, the twenty great and influential women covered in this course were able to identify a wrong and dedicate their lives to making it right, and in doing so they paved the way for all women to follow in pursuit of equality, freedom, and happiness.

Course Motivation

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: America Before These Women

On May 14, 1607, a group of roughly 100 people, including women, founded the first permanent English settlement in North America on the banks of the James River. Additional lesson topics: Women in Colonial America; So Your Wife Wants to Work 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Important Women; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Anne Hutchinson - The Roots of Religious Freedom

Anne Hutchinson's actions during her lifetime helped establish the principle of freedom of religion in America and laid the groundwork for those who would follow her. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Abigail Adams - "We Are Determined to Foment a Rebellion"

Abigail Adams helped plant the seeds that would start women and men thinking about women's rights and roles in a country that had supposedly been founded on the ideals of equality and independence. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth - From the Underground Railroad to the White House

The impact made on American History by Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth is discussed. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Two Paths to Women's Suffrage

On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time ever. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Dorothea Dix and Hellen Keller - Tireless Crusaders for the Blind and Mentally Ill

Dorothea Dix campaigned on behalf of the mentally ill, and Helen Keller followed in her footsteps to campaign on behalf of the blind. The reforms they achieved have changed history. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Women Before 1900
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Jane Addams - Champion of Immigrants and the Poor

The lifelong humanitarian and Nobel peace prize winner Jane Addams is discussed. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Mother Jones - The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Mary Harris Jones was a fearless fighter for workers' rights in America, and she was once called "the most dangerous woman in America" by a U.S. district attorney 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Margaret Sanger - Woman Rebel of the Reproductive Rights Movement

Margaret Sanger spent a century of fighting for the right of women to control their own fertility. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer - Civil Disobedience in the Fight for Civil Rights

Fannie Lou Hamer had once said she was sick and tired of being sick and tired, and she and Rosa Parks had seized their own particular moments to say enough was enough. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem - The Beginning of Modern Feminism

Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem: The Problem That Has No Name and the Beginning of Modern Feminism 75 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Sandra Day O'Connor and Sally Ride - Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Sandra Day O'Connor and Sally Ride: Breaking the Glass Ceiling 75 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Wilma Mankiller and Ada Deer - In Pursuit of Native American Rights

Both of these women went on to become leaders of their tribes and work on behalf of all of their people, living examples of what Ada Deer once said in a speech: "Tribes have survived because it's we, not me." Additional lesson topics: Ada Deer 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Dolores Huerta - Lifelong Crusader for Economic Justice

Dolores Huerta: Lifelong Crusader for Economic Justice 75 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15 Conclusion: The Status of Women in Contemporary America

Conclusion: The Status of Women in Contemporary America Additional lesson topics: Women in History 149 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Influential Women after 1900; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize America before these women.
  • Summarize the contributions Anne Hutchinson, Abigail Adams, and Harriet Tubman made on American society and culture.
  • Recognize the contributions of Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stantonon the paths to Women's Suffrage.
  • Recognize the contributions of Dorothea Dix and Hellen Keller and their tireless crusades for the blind and the mentally ill.
  • Summarize the contributions of Jane Addams, Mother Jones, Margaret Sanger, Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer.
  • Summarize the contributions of Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem on the beginning of modern feminism.
  • Identify the contributions of Sandra Day O'Connor and Sally Ride.
  • Summarize the works and contributions of Wilma Mankiller and Ada Deer.
  • Describe the current status of women in contemporary America.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Twenty Women Who Changed American History
Course Number: 8900131
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,217 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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