Discussion: A Woman's Role in Government
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When we learned about ancient Greece, we learned about active roles women played in the government. Many times in this last lesson, it was clear that women played no role in Roman government.
Even though American women didn't get to vote until 1920, it didn't stop them from making up for lost time and getting elected or appointed into some very important offices in the United States government. What do you know about the Speaker of the House for the 2008 Congressional term? Do we currently have any women members of the presidential cabinet? Any female Supreme Court Justices?
And yet just now, as we learn more about ancient Rome, we are learning that women of this civilization were not granted much power at all. Get ready for the Discussion question by doing the following:
- Do some quick Internet research to learn more about women's role in the Roman republic. What role did women play in Ancient Roman politics? Why were they limited? Could they have argued or fought for rights? Did they even want rights?
- Take notes on the role of women in the government of the time. How do you feel about it? How is it different from the roles of women in other governments at that time?
- Do another quick research about women in politics today. Can you name any countries where women are the leaders? Can you name any top U.S. officials who are women? Keep looking until you find at least two or three examples.
When you've found enough information, you will be able to help generate a class discussion on this topic:
Compare the political role of women in Ancient Rome to that of women in politics today.
Cover as much information as you can. You will want to mention both your Roman republic findings AND your modern day findings.
Be sure to make some comments on the entries of your classmates. Refer to the discussion rubric for guidance.
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