Women Leading the Way

Students share their family stories,
and reflect on the Movement's deeper
connections to their lives.

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A NATIONAL RESEARCH, ART AND STORYTELLING PROJECT CELEBRATING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT

High school teachers nationwide are invited to join Women Leading the Way, a national research, art and storytelling project celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage.  The deadline for registration is March 8, 2018.

Based on the painting, Women Leading the Way: Suffragists & Suffragettes, the Project challenges students to explore the fundamental human right to vote by connecting their family history to the Suffrage Movement — and by reflecting on their experience both personally and within the larger context of our democracy.

The Project is free to join and open to all high schools in the U.S. and its territories. It will run through the 2018-2019 school year.  Each student will create three short essays and two portraits that will be featured on a poster they design.  The project will culminate in an online exhibition of all entries — and 100 entries will be selected to appear in a National Poster Exhibition to be held in New York City in 2020.

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How to Participate in this Historic Project

The Project is based on the painting Women Leading the Way: Suffragists & Suffragettes, and divided into three components: History, Art and Personal Story.


Mireille Miller's painting Women Leading the Way: Suffragists & Suffragettes

Women Leading the Way is a national class project that encourages the interdisciplinary collaboration between English or ELA, history and art teachers.

Students will examine the history of the Women's Suffrage Movement through learning about the extraordinary pioneers who made significant and lasting contributions to Human Rights in the United States and around the globe.

They will connect their own family stories to history, study the art of portraiture and reflect personally on the project.

They will design a poster on which their work will be displayed at the end of the project.

Eligibility and Registration / Submission Process


Vintage Suffragette Poster: Handicapped!

This project is free to join, and open to all students and their teachers in the United States and its territories, who are in grades 9-12 during the 2018-2019 school year.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2018 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2019 (at completion of the project)

From registration to submission: A process in 3 phases

Whether two or three teachers are teaming up on the project with their class of students, one designated "Team Leader" teacher must act as the referring coordinator for the entirety of the project. The Team Leader will complete the online registration form on behalf of his/her team at the beginning of the project. S/he will also be responsible for both registering the student selected to represent his/her school and submitting that student’s work for the national poster exhibit at the end of the project.

Phase 1: Register online TODAY – Team Leader to fill out the online registration form on behalf of the team. 

Phase 2: Register the student selected to represent your school in the exhibition; Team Leader to register name of selected student to represent his/her school in an exhibition. Deadline: March 8, 2019. 

Phase 3: Team Leader to submit the selected student’s work electronically. Remember: One single entry per school to be submitted for the National Poster Exhibition, following guidelines. Deadline for file submission: June 30, 2019.

Delivery confirmation:

An email confirmation will be sent to each school’s Team Leader within two days of completed submission delivery. A follow-up email will be sent after review of the submissions. Please note: it is the project leaders’ responsibility to ensure that entry rules are adhered to.

Exhibiting the work in March 2020:

  • Because this is meant as a community project, it is strongly encouraged that all participating schools find a way to display their students’ work locally in their school or local community, as a show of unity.
  • An Online Exhibition will showcase all participating schools’ entries
  • A National Poster Exhibition featuring 100 posters will be held in New York City.

Vernissage/Reception:

There will be an opening reception for the National Poster Exhibition on March 8, 2020.

General guidelines and responsibilities.

WE WANT YOU, LEADERS OF THE PROJECT WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL, TO SIGN UP, COMMIT, AND STAY CONNECTED




Vintage Suffragette poster: Cat and Mouse Act

The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage Project will take place during the 2018-2019 school year.  Teachers will sign up for the project in the year before the work will take place, with registration opening January 8, 2018 and closing on March 8, 2018. 

  1. The Project is open to all students and a team of their teachers from schools in the United States and its territories, who will be in grades 9 to 12 during the 2018-2019 school year. Each team must be affiliated with a school. Schools may be public, private, charter or parochial.
  1. A designated Team Leader teacher within each school must register through the website’s online registration form, and commit an entire class or grade to the project.  This is to ensure the goal of engaging no less than 100 schools in our national community project.
  1. Combined essays must be no fewer than 1,000, and no more than 1,500 words in length. It is the responsibility of each participating Team (student and school Team Leaders) to ensure the essays stay on topic, are free of spelling and grammatical errors, and are devoid of plagiarism.
  1. All writing and art productions must be original work. All sources for essays must be clearly cited – (word count does not apply to the list of sources). Two or more of the cited materials should come from the following primary sources: A document; oral history; or other sort of evidence, written or otherwise produced. Wikipedia and other general encyclopedias should not be cited sources.

Selection, Poster and Submission guidelines:

  1. By June 3, 2019, each participating school will select the finest single work produced in an entire class or grade by one of their students, based on:
  • Quality of the research and writing of historical figure
  • Quality of the essay of the family experience in its historical context
  • Creativity, originality of artwork
  • Thoughtful personal reflection about the project
  • Quality of poster design
  1. Poster requirements are as follows for the works submitted for inclusion in the 2020 National Poster Exhibition.  A poster template will be provided through the website.  Using the template, each school will personalize it by creating a design that best represents the values of their institution. (Dimensions: 29 inches by 23 inches.) The layout of the essays, the artwork and school logo on that poster will be the responsibility of the students and leaders of the project within the school.
  1. Schools may use the provided poster template for the local exhibition of their students’ work. Alternatively, each participating school should feel free to create their own entirely.
  1. On or before June 30, 2019, Team Leaders will submit an electronic file of the poster of the student selected to represent their school, through the project’s website for inclusion in a National Poster Exhibition to be held in NYC, in March 2020.
  1. The Lycée Français de New York is proud sponsor of the printing and framing of the 100 posters selected for the National Poster Exhibition.

What's In it For My School?


With rights come civic responsibility and duty. In a democracy, it is incumbent upon each and every citizen to share in the collective responsibility of upholding its founding values by taking an active role in the process of self-governance. Voting rights are the foundation of democracy.

  • This project aims to support a fundamental aspect of the mission of any institution of learning: the responsibility to help shape young minds into budding citizens.
  • 2020 will be an important election year; the project offers a valuable tool and a unique opportunity to engage and connect students to the issues of their own time in a safe environment through open discussions, thoughtful reflections and critical thinking.
  • It speaks to unity and seeks to foster a greater sense of community and appreciation of humanity’s shared experience. Enhancing the visibility of your school through a national exhibition will not only unite schools, but individual work within the schools themselves.

Timeline, deadlines and... responsibilities!

2017 - 2018 SCHOOL YEAR
JANUARY 2018 MAKE A COMMITMENT – SIGN UP AN ENTIRE CLASS

REGISTER NOW!

You’re officially the Project Leader in your school. Will you team up with one or two colleagues? Let us know.

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MARCH 8, 2018 REGISTRATION DEADLINE
MID-SEPTEMBER 2018 PROJECT LAUNCH

Present the project to your class.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2018 BEGIN RESEARCH

Research suffrage campaigner / organize material and begin writing process for the woman in history.
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2018 VISUAL ARTS

Portrait of suffragist or suffragette, using techniques of your choice: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, photomontage or digital media.
2018 - 2019 SCHOOL YEAR
OVER WINTER BREAK 2018 / 2019 RESEARCH / PREPARE QUESTIONNAIRE

Research first woman to vote within family.

Students to prepare questionnaire and to conduct interviews with family members.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2019 DRAFT PERSONAL STORY / PORTRAITURE

Write a draft of the personal story of the first woman to vote in each student’s family.
VISUAL ARTS

Portrait of each chosen family member using techniques of your choice: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, photomontage or digital media.
FEBRUARY 2019 – or Between December and February ESSAY / POSTER

Write a personal reflection essay.
VISUAL ARTS

Design a Poster.
MARCH 2019 REWRITES AND REVIEW PROCESS
REGISTER NAME OF STUDENT

The one selected by your Team to represent your school, through the website.
APRIL – MAY 2019 EDITING

Editing by students. Editing by teachers.
MAY – JUNE 2019 FINAL EDITING
JUNE 2019 SCHOOL PROJECT SELECTION

Each school to select the finest work done by a student at local level.

Project Leader to submit best work by a student for National Poster Exhibition in NYC (venue to be announced).

DEADLINE FOR POSTER SUBMISSION: JUNE 30, 2019.
2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR
JULY– AUGUST 2019 REVIEW OF ALL POSTER SUBMISSIONS

Under sponsorship of the Lycée Français de New York.
SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER POSTER SELECTION / PREPARE FOR NATIONAL POSTER EXHIBITION

​Selection of 100 entries for National Poster Exhibition by independent panel.
DECEMBER 2019 – FEBRUARY 2020 PRINTING AND FRAMING OF 100 HUNDRED POSTERS

Under sponsorship of the Lycée Français de New York.
MARCH 2020 POSTER EXHIBITIONS NATIONWIDE AND ONLINE

Each participating school to hold its own display of their students’ work at the local level.

Online exhibition to showcase all participating schools’ entries, nationwide.

ONE NATIONAL POSTER EXHIBITION

One National Poster Exhibition of 100 selected posters at a venue to be announced in New York City.



Stories & Sketches

Early Work by Students