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Women Making Change uses specific individuals from Holyoke’s past as way to gain insight into our national history and the many ways that women across the country were working to shape the world that we now live in. We will also use these women to practice the research, exploration, and interpretation of women’s history using primary sources.

The women whose lives and work we will study are:

Belle and Katharine Skinner

“We can do it if we prepare now, and prepare best by putting off our old habit of littleness and putting on the new habits of unselfishness and courageous endurance” – Belle Skinner

Anna Sullivan

“How many years do you have to wait until you starve? We need it now. What are people going to do without jobs?”

Elizabeth Towne

“This is a paradox of all accomplishment. It looks hard but is, in reality very easy – so easy that a child lives it. 

The Women Making Change Teachers Institute has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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