To view a selection of available modules and lesson plans on global women’s issues, please explore our Educators section through the lens of Women’s Studies.
A Path Appears
This collection helps students better understand the barriers to opportunity for women and girls, not only in developing countries, but in the US as well, and how to effectively make a difference. Sparked by the film series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, and the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, A Path Appears focuses on successful initiatives and inspiring agents of change. Lessons incorporate project-based learning, service learning, and media literacy to connect viewers to organizations and movements for social change.
Map Your World
Using The Revolutionary Optimists as inspiration, this curriculum empowers youth to develop targeted campaigns to address issues that affect their families, their schools, and their neighborhoods. Youth will identify and examine issues in their community and develop a plan of action to raise awareness and bring about positive change. Working in collaboration, they will use cellphones or tablets and the Map Your World website to create customized surveys and upload data that will be linked to a digital online community map.
Wonder City Game and Curriculum
This collection contains lesson plans and activities to facilitate discussion and deepen understanding of the complex issues raised in the film Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and the online game Wonder City. Two standards-aligned lesson plans encourage students to think critically about American popular culture's evolving attitudes toward powerful women and gender.
The Graduates Youth Action Guide
This set of resources is designed to inspire youth leaders to educate, collaborate, and co-create with their peers, their parents, and their communities. Together, they can confront the challenges faced by Latino students and explore organizing strategies that can make a difference. Whether schools are predominantly Latino or not, addressing how to improve academic outcomes for Latino youth will strengthen the entire community and the social and economic future of the nation.
Women and Girls Lead, Volume 1: Global Leaders
This curricula collection features film modules from three award-winning documentaries from the PBS series Independent Lens: Pushing the Elephant, Bhutto and Waste Land. These films bring to life personal stories ranging from gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Benazir Bhutto’s remarkable rise as the leader of Pakistan, to the transformative power of art for Brazilian women living in the world’s largest landfill.
Women and Girls Lead, Volume 2: African American Women Lead
Developed in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute, this collection features three films about extraordinary African American women leaders: Daisy Bates from Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock, Ameena Matthews from The Interrupters, and Angela Davis from The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975.
Women and Girls Lead, Volume 3: Women, Girls, and the Criminal Justice System
This unique resource features content from three award-winning documentaries about the impact of mass incarceration on the lives of women and girls in the United States: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, Girls on the Wall, and Troop 1500.
Women’s Empowerment Classroom Collection
Examine key social and political issues impacting women through curriculum from the four acclaimed documentaries: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, Waiting for the Revolution, Shayfeen.com: We’re Watching You, and Shadya. Watch stories ranging from an indigenous Bolivian leader fighting for labor rights, to a young Israeli-Arab karate champion with feminist ideas; from three Egyptian women working for fair elections to a Kenyan woman leading a nationwide environmental movement.
The inspiring stories of three recent female Nobel Laureates are part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign. In addition to three films about their groundbreaking peace work, ITVS has produced a number of resources for educators that feature President Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and 2004 Novel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai. Our resources include lesson plans, discussion guides, and film modules.
Film Discussion Guides
Film discussion guides are available for select Women and Girls Lead films. They can be used in classroom, workshop, or screening event settings.
- A PATH APPEARS: Sex Trafficking in the USA (PDF, 1.6M)
- A PATH APPEARS: Poverty & Early Childhood Intervention in West Virginia (PDF, 1.6M)
- A PATH APPEARS: Forced Child Labor in Haiti (PDF, 1.7M)
- A PATH APPEARS: Teen Pregnancy in Colombia (PDF, 1.5M)
- A PATH APPEARS: Girls’ Education & Gender-based Violence in Kenya (PDF, 1.6M)
- A PATH APPEARS: Domestic Violence in the USA (PDF, 1.9M)
- Bhutto (PDF, 2.4M)
- Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (PDF, 4.7M)
- The Graduates/Los Graduados (PDF, 3.3M)
- Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (PDF, 578K)
- Iron Ladies of Liberia (PDF, 696K)
- Kind Hearted Woman (PDF, 3.5M)
- Lioness (PDF, 2.5M)
- MAKERS: Women in Comedy - Discussion Guide (PDF, 782 KB)
- MAKERS: Women in Hollywood - Discussion Guide (PDF, 194 KB)
- MAKERS: Women in Space - Discussion Guide (PDF, 163 KB)
- Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story (PDF, 1.7M)
- The New Black (PDF, 3.5M)
- Peace Unveiled (from Women, War & Peace) (PDF, 2.5M)
- Pray the Devil Back to Hell (from Women, War & Peace) (PDF, 3.6M)
- Pushing the Elephant (PDF, 3.4M)
- The Revolutionary Optimists (PDF, 3.7M)
- Shadya (PDF, 188K)
- Shayfeen.com: We're Watching You (PDF, 360K)
- Solar Mamas (PDF, 4.7M)
- Strong! (PDF, 1.2M)
- Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (PDF, 788K)
- Troop 1500 (PDF, 3.2M)
- We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân (PDF, 4.9M)
- Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (PDF, 3M)
- Young Lakota (PDF, link)