Maricopa Community Colleges  HIS201   19956-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 6-27-1995

HIS201  1995 Fall – 1996 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

History of Women in America

Introduction to women's history from the colonial period to the present. Deals chronologically with changes and developments which have influenced the lives of women.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


HIS201  1995 Fall – 1996 Summer II

History of Women in America



Describe the three major categories of women in the colonial period of American history. (I)


Describe the phenomenon of witchcraft in New England. (I)


Evaluate the negative and positive impacts of the Revolutionary War on women. (I)


Describe changes in education, social roles, and work meant for women during the nineteenth century in the United States. (II)


Describe changes in social roles and work opportunities for American women from the early twentieth century until the present. (III)


Describe major issues for contemporary American women. (III)


Identify and describe American female leaders in social reform, women's suffrage, black empowerment, temperance, family planning, and equal rights. (I-III)

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HIS201  1995 Fall – 1996 Summer II

History of Women in America


I. Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

A. Women in the colonial period

B. Witchcraft in New England

C. Women in the Revolutionary War period

II. Nineteenth century

A. Women and the cult of domesticity

B. Women on the frontier

C. Women and activism

D. Women, work, and unionism

E. The founding of Hull House

F. The rise of the "new woman"

G. Women and suffrage

H. Women and direct action

III. Twentieth century

A. Changing work and social roles for women in the early twentieth century

B. Women of the depression

C. Women and the New Deal

D. Women and World War II

E. Women and the 1950s

F. Women's liberation movement

G. Women's issues of the 80s and 90s


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