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AP U.S. Women's History Proposal

Kristen & Serene successfully campaigned the College Board to work towards the creation of an AP U.S. Women's History course. They are now  working on a 5 year plan to pilot the course. In response to their petition, the College Board issued the following statement:

“Providing high school students across the country with more opportunities to learn about the critical contributions and historical impact of women is inspiring, and the commitment shown by Serene Williams, Kristen Kelly, and their team of students to raise support for the development of an AP course in the field of Women’s Studies is exciting.”
The College Board, March 2024

Public Support for AP U.S. Women's History

At the Alice Paul Institute, we know that recognizing women’s contributions is not only a matter of historical accuracy, but also an imperative step towards fostering inclusivity, equality, and empowering future generations. We overwhelmingly support the work of Kristen Kelly and Serene Williams in their fight for the creation of an AP U.S. Women’s History course which would effectively validate women’s experiences and accomplishments in helping to shape this nation.

--Alice Paul Institute

"Taking an A.P. history course in high school put me on a path to becoming a historian, even though there was no women's history for me to study in the 1960s.  Now that women's history is flourishing, I strongly support the creation of an A.P. history course in that field so that students will have the chance to learn first hand about this vitally important topic."

--Historian Susan Ware

"The consideration of a  proposal for an advanced placement text in U.S. Women’s History is a wonderful development. It is important to realize that women’s history is not separate but an avenue into U.S. history in all its variety and change. This was the principle with which myself and my co-authors have written Through Women’s Eyes, which is subtitled An American History with Documents. As this suggests it is also designed to give students hands-on experience with doing history, by reading, interpreting and contextualizing visual and literary documents coming directly from the past. Stimulating young students’ interest in our nation’s past is crucial to the development of their citizenship.
--Historian Ellen DuBois

Learning about Women's History is empowering for both young women and boys. I have taught a women's History course, and the students were inspired and thrilled to be learning whose shoulders they stand on!

--Filmmaker Martha Wheelock

In addition to support above, this campaign is supported by thousands of people including historians Dr. Wendy Rouse, Dr. Bonnie Morris, Dr. Lillian Faderman and Dr. Estelle Freedman

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