Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

This jigsaw activity is designed as a cooperative learning activity where you and your classmates will learn elements of the struggle in the mid-19th century, where several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve the right to vote. Devoted suffragists used tactics such as parades, silent vigils, and hunger strikes to accomplish this civil rights goal. Each of you will individually become an expert in the different aspects of the women’s suffragist movement which eventually led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. You will teach your classmates your acquired historical information, and they will subsequently teach you theirs.

Learner Description:This social studies activity is appropriate for middle or high school learners with internet searching skills as well as basic public speaking knowledge.

Instructions:You will begin in a home group designated by your teacher. There will be three people in each home group. In your home group, count off from one to three. Then, split up into your expert group to learn the historical information you will need for your teaching task. Your number signifies which expert group you are in. For instance, all the ones will be in expert group 1 learning information for their teaching task. Utilize the assigned links for your expert group to acquire the historical content you will need. Upon your return to your home group, you and your group members will take turns teaching the expert task each classmate was responsible for. After the conclusion of each home group member’s presentation, your home group should have a culmination of historical content on the women’s suffragist movement and the advent of the 19th Amendment.

Major Resources Related to the Activity:

  • Jigsaw Classroom: The official Web site for the jigsaw technique used to base the structure of this activity.
  • Women’s History: This site provides an overview of the suffragist movement for women as well as a jumping off point for additional historical resources.
  • Images of the Suffrage Movement: The Library of Congress' selection of pictures includes portraits of individuals, cartoons, photographs of parades, picketing, suffragists, and anti-suffrage images.
  • Public Speaking Skills: This site offers 12 simple public speaking skills to provide a resource for teaching to your home group.


Expert Groups and Hotlinks: Use the Linked Information to Gain Historical Content and Expertise in Your Group’s Task





  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Stanton was the founding genius of the women's rights movement.
  • Susan B. Anthony: Susan B. Anthony devoted her life to organizing and leading the woman suffrage movement.
  • Lucretia Mott: Lucretia Coffin Mott, a Quaker, dedicated her life to the goal of human equality.



Expert Group 3: AMENDMENT XIX

2008 Lori Pender