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

Trailblazing Women of America: Pioneers of Progress

The genesis of America is intricately woven with the endeavors, sacrifices, and tenacity of countless individuals. But amongst these, stand formidable women who, against all odds, etched their indelible marks on the nation's fabric. This course is an ode to these trailblazers who dared to challenge the status quo, paving the way for justice, equality, and change.

Journey with us through eras, beginning with the earliest European settlers. They brought not only their dreams and beliefs but a generation of resilient women who would shape the very core of the New World. Dive deep into the lives of women like Anne Hutchinson, who audaciously defied societal norms about what women should voice, and Abigail Adams, who challenged the entrenched beliefs undermining women's significance.

We then wade through the annals of history to uncover tales of valiant women born into the shackles of slavery, like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Despite their beginnings, they emerged not merely as symbols of escape but as champions who risked it all to liberate others.

The course spotlights the relentless spirit of suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, who fought fervently for women's voting rights. Equally captivating is the saga of "Mother" Jones, hailed as "the most dangerous woman in America," as she spearheaded the movement to empower the American workforce.

Our exploration is not complete without celebrating modern beacons like Gloria Steinem, a relentless advocate for women's equality. Delve into the lives of Ada Deer and Dolores Huerta, who dedicated themselves to uplifting marginalized communities, shining a light on the pressing issues they faced.

Throughout this course, you'll discover the narratives of twenty exceptional women, each with a unique story of resistance, determination, and grit. Their collective legacy is a testament to the undying pursuit of equality, freedom, and happiness. Join us in celebrating these women, for in understanding their journeys, we gain insight into the unyielding spirit that shapes progress.

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

Average Lesson Rating:
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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
Total Course Points

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 (1,237 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 2023
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: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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