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These lessons are based on the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project. They are provided courtesy of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) at the Oklahoma State University Library with generous support from the Women's Archives at OSU and the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. The curriculum was created by Dr. Linda Henshall Wilson of Northeastern State University and Latasha Wilson of the OOHRP.

The Women of the Oklahoma Legislature is one of many projects undertaken by the OOHRP. This oral history project captures and records information about female Oklahoma legislators in their own voices and provides an opportunity to reflect on their individual paths to the Capitol. It also documents more completely the presence of these women in state government.

The OOHRP invites you to use these lesson plans to introduce students to this group of women who have played such an important role in Oklahoma politics.

Letter to teachers from Dr. Linda Henshall Wilson

Suggestions for adaptations and modifications for special needs students

Design Your Own Campaign


Graph of Women Legislators

Senate Quilt

Letter Writing

Taking the Oath

State Emblems

Creative Campaigns

Creation of a Graphic Novel – Day 1

Creation of a Graphic Novel – Day 2

Legislator Journal – Day 1

Legislator Journal – Day 2

Biography Poster

Letter Writing

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In 2010, the OOHRP teamed up with The Oklahoman to bring you the Women in Politics Newspapers in Education program, based on the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project. To view NIE lessons (PDF format), please click below:

Lesson 1 - Women who served

Lesson 2 - Knowing your district

Lesson 3 - Campaign slogans

Lesson 4 - Writing your legislator

Lesson 5 - How a bill becomes a law

Lesson 6 - Learning about Hannah Atkins