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Women's History in High School was founded by Kristen Kelly and Serene Williams, longtime social science educators with extensive experience teaching both women's history and numerous AP courses. Kelly and Williams are the 2022-2023 recipients of the Schlesinger Library Teaching Grant at Harvard, a major award in the field of women's history. You can read their award winning paper on writing women into AP Government courses and the Long 19th Amendment here.

About Kristen & Serene 


Serene Williams earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from Purdue University and her M.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University. For nearly twenty years she has taught a wide variety of political science and history courses. She teaches numerous AP social science courses and has written curriculum for many women’s history courses including History Seminar Honors: Women in U.S. History and Advanced Topics in Women’s History & Women’s Religion. Serene frequently presents about teaching intersectional feminist political history at conferences such as the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, National Council for Social Studies and the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians. Serene is also an independent historian who publishes about the political history of women. Recently, Serene was invited to participate in the Wiki Scholars program where she wrote extensively about the California women's suffrage movement. She is a prolific Wikipedian who has created numerous pages about feminist political history and is currently working to improve Wikipedia's coverage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Kristen Kelly has a M.A. in Cultural Historical Religion from the Graduate Theological Union-Berkeley and teaches all high school levels. She created a popular “Gender & Sexuality in the Bible” course and co-taught the interdisciplinary Women’s Studies courses as well as AP Comparative Government & Politics with Serene. Kristen loves collaborating with scholars and teachers and has presented at The National Women’s Studies Association Conference, The National Council for Social Studies, & The Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians. Kristen loves teaching religion and history from an intersectional lens, focusing especially on gender and sexuality issues.

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Contact us at serenewilliams AT

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