Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Created by Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Artists: Thomas, Tommy, Anthony

Title: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Teacher: Mrs. Anechiarico

Theme: Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes! The boys in this 6th grade class enjoyed the project and I was impressed that they researched a historic figure.

About: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and a leading figure of the early women’s right movement. Her ‘Declaration of Sentiments’ presented at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 began the first organized women’s rights and National Women’s Suffrage Movement and Association. Her concerns were not only voting rights, but also included parental rights, custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights, divorce, economic health of the family, and birth control, supporting the Temperance movement.

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Created by Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Artists: Adrienna, Autumn, Madelyn

Title: Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm

Teacher: Mrs. Anechiarico

Theme: Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress, and was the first black candidate to run for the President of the United States. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Created by Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Artists: Michael, Alex, Eddie

Title: Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I a Woman?

Teacher: Mrs. Anechiarico

Theme: Freedom

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes! The 6th grade boys researched and choose her and were happy to shine a light on her intellect and strength of character.

About: Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was an African American abolitionist, women’s rights activist, speaker famous for her women’s rights speech “Aint I A Woman?” which was delivered extemporaneously as he had never been allowed to learn to read nor write. Born into slavery, free in 1826, she was the first black woman to win a lawsuit against a white man to recover her son from slavery. At the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio she gave a speech repeating the question four times and gained the attention of a nation. A bit of it goes: “I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed. Can any man do more than that?“ Please read her speech on the internet, you will be moved.

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Created by Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Artists: Scott, Amanda, Sera

Title: Elizabeth Blckwell

Teacher: Mrs. Anechiarico

Theme: Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, very much so! This group of 6th grade boys and girls collaborated well in researching and choosing this social and moral reformer.

About: Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, and was a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine.