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Women's History for Spanish Students

La historia de mujeres para estudiantes de español

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For more than two decades, the U.S. Congress has been designating March as Women's History Month. So history and social studies classes across the nation have been using the month to emphasize the role women have played in our history and heritage.

But Women's History Month isn't meant for history classes alone. If you teach Spanish — or if you just want to know more about some of the women who aren't particularly prominent in American history books — take a look at the websites listed below. At the time of this compilation, all are suitable for classroom use.

As might be expected, Eva Perón, the Argentine hero, actor and political leader, is well represented. Perón, who along with Queen Isabella of Spain is possibly the best known of history's female hispanohablantes, remains both popular and enigmatic. But you'll find plenty more here as well. All sites listed are in Spanish unless otherwise indicated.

María Eva Duarte de Perón — Online version of a book-length biography.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz — Includes examples of her poetry.

Mujeres Africanas Históricas — Brief biographies of more than 100 African women.

La historia de las mujeres en España — Links to dozens of articles on not-so-famous women who made a difference.

Biografías: Evita — One-page biography of Eva Perón with photos and links, or go to the home page to learn more about Argentina's history.

Sufragismo y feminismo: la lucha por los derechos de la mujer 1789-1945 — This article provides a good summary of the first century and a half of the women's movement in the United States. Also included are links to articles on similar aspects of history in Spain, Britain and France.

Las Mujeres — Brief profiles and resources in English on famous Latinas both living and dead.

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