Teacher Resources Coming Soon.

The Hankey Center staff is currently preparing supplemental High School Social Studies lesson plans using primary sources pertaining to women’s history during the period between 1874 and 1974. These lesson plans are designed to provide opportunities for students to practice critical reading and thinking skills and increase their knowledge of women’s history.

Women’s History High School Essay Contest

The Hankey Center for Women’s History sponsors an annual Women’s History High School Essay Contest. This contest is open to students (female and male) in grades 9-12. The essay must focus on a significant person, event or movement in women’s history and must analyze the relevance or influence today. The research for the essay must also include at least one primary source.

Contest Rules

  • Essay must be submitted electronically to hankeycenter@wilson.edu.
  • Length and formatting: Essay must be between 750 and 1750 words using 12 point Times New Roman, double-spaced, standard margins.
  • Bibliography: References must include a minimum of four sources; at least one of which must be a primary source. High quality, reliable internet sources are acceptable.
  • Entry must be original work. By submitting an entry, the student is confirming that the work is original.
  • Classroom assignments are acceptable entries, provided they meet the contest rules.
  • Cover Sheet must include: Student’s name, home address and email, high school, grade level, and teacher’s name.

2016 Essay Contest Form

Wilson College Students and Faculty Opportunities

The Hankey Center and Boyd Archives offer work study positions for Wilson students involving a variety of tasks including scanning of photographs and other historic documents, processing of collections, research assistance, filing, website development and more. Please contact Amy Ensley (ex 3279) or Leigh Rupinski (ex 2049) for more information.

The Hankey Center and Boyd Archives also offer opportunities for Wilson students to conduct research for senior honors theses and internships in departments such as Sociology, History and Women’s Studies. Projects with Amy Ensley generally focus on Wilson’s history and how individual alumnae and faculty narratives relate to the broader context of women’s history in the United States and historical and sociological aspects of women’s work, education and work/life balance. Projects with Leigh Rupinski generally focus on archival research and archival methods. We are also available for help with research questions for regular course projects.