Women in America’s War for Independence


Women played an important role in the founding of America. In the earliest days of the country, women were instrumental in establishing the colonies. Women leaders pre and post Constitutional Convention of 1787 helped shaped the course of the nation. And during the Revolutionary War, women served as nurses, cooks, and even soldiers.

This lesson plan is designed to help students learn about the many contributions women have made to our country. Through a variety of activities, students will explore the lives of women during the Revolutionary War era. They’ll compare and contrast life during that time with life today. And they’ll come to appreciate the many ways women have helped shape America.

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The American Revolution is one of the most pivotal events in our nation’s history. And yet, the role of women in this crucial time period is often overlooked. This lesson aims to change that by providing students with a different perspective on the war for independence.

Through the stories of several courageous women, students will learn about the important role women played in the American Revolution. From spying and saboteurs to nurses and soldier, women played a pivotal role in securing our nation’s freedom.

This lesson is sure to get students thinking critically about history and the role of women in our society. It’s an essential part of a well-rounded education and provides a refreshing perspective on an important time period in American history.


Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.HIS.6.3-5, NCSS.HIS.5.3-5, NCSS.HIS.4.3-5, & NCSS.D2.HIS.2.3-5 and 3.3-5

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of
most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact
your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.