2 What roles do you think women played during the Gold Rush? Write what you think you know in your SS notebook. Be ready to share out.Women during the Gold Rush could not vote, hold a position in the government, or work at most jobs.Partner chat: “In what ways did women make a difference?”Partner chat: “Why did women come to CA during the Gold Rush?”*PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT OTHERS SAY. YOU MIGHT SEE THIS QUESTION AGAIN!
3 Women who traveled west to CA faced many challenges Very few women made the early journey to CAMen had to live away from families b/c of miningCA constitution let women keep their assets separate from husband’s*Assets: property or objects that could be used to repay debtsSuccessful womenSold food or operated boarding houses near mining campsSuccessful b/c high food prices and housing shortage
4 Mary Tape: A Chinese Immigrant 1855 fought to have her children admitted to public school in SFSF created a school for Chinese onlyChinese still not allowed in existing public schools1920’s: Chinese children allowed to go to public high schools sooner in CA than the rest of the USResult of Mary Tape fighting for her childrenHappened too late for her children to benefit from itOccurred earlier than the Supreme Court’s decision in 1954 ruling against desegragation
5 Helen Hunt Jackson Visited CA and their missions Shocked at the conditions for the Native AmericansShe disagreed with how land was taken from them1881 wrote a book about the unfair treatment of American IndiansSent copies to everyone in Congress
6 Biddy Mason: African American freedom fighter Born into slaveryRobert Smith, her owner, moved to San Bernadino and took her with himAfrican American businessman, Charles Owens, helped her petition for her freedomShe gained her freedom in 1856Told other African Americans to petition for freedom tooShe was one of the first African Americans to own land in Los AngelesShe was generous to churches, charities, and individualsNovember 16, 1989 was declared Biddy Mason Day
7 Partner Activity With your partner, you will: read the biography card sheetTake notes on each woman’s accomplishments or what she worked to change (I will have a graphic organizer on the SmartBoard you can follow). You can add any notes that you have taken or remember from these slidesAfter you take notes, you will make a poster about one of these women. You will include:Pictures showing the important events of her lifeAnswer this question: “How does this woman’s story inspire other women today?”
8 Exit TicketName one woman that made a difference for the people of California.What did she do that made a difference?