Women Suffrage Parade: In 1913, the Women Suffrage Parade took place. This parade was important to our nation because it took a peaceful approach to political activism. It affects me because it shows me how you can want something and ask for it peacefully without letting others words get to you. This connects to the present day because the parade was one of the many examples of how women today can protest for their rights, that we still don’t have, in a peaceful, understanding matter.
Elizabeth Blackwell: Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to ever graduate from medical school in the United States. This affects our nation because it was a huge pivotal point in women's rights because she became a role model for women who didn’t think they would be able to graduate or attend medical school. This has an affect on me because in a result of her accomplishments, many of my women role models have been able to take a risk like her and that results in me being able to take risks of my own. This connects to the present day because women are going to medical schools, and pursuing their own dreams every day now, all because of her.
Women’s Trade Union League: established in 1903, the WTUL was the first national association dedicated to organizing womens workers. This made an impact on our nation because the WTUL is successful in uniting women from all different classes to work towards better and fairer working conditions. This affects me as a person because in a result of the association, women all around me that I look up to can show me if I work hard, I will be able to achieve what I aim for. This connects to the present day because although the WTUL dissolved in the 1950’s, it still gave women motivation to achieve success in what they do, and hopefully that motivation will be passed on for generations to come.
The 19th Amendment: was established in 1920 and ended almost a century of protests. This has an impact on our nation because with this amendment, women are able to legally vote! This has an impact on me because now, myself, and all other women are able to vote which is an honorable responsibility. This connects to the present because in result of the 19th amendment, more and more laws are being passed regarding women’s rights.
National School Lunch Act: The National School Lunch Act made an impact on our nation because the act was made for students who were not able to pack a lunch from home every day. At first it was hard to develop the ability to have a kitchen in schools because of financial and spatial issues, but they were able to authorize the necessary appropriations. This has an impact on me because without the NSLA, my peers and all other students wouldn't be able to receive the filling lunch necessary to satisfy their hunger. This connects to the present day because over time, the NSLA has developed stronger and more beneficial ideas, and today it is so easy for students to get a healthy lunch every day that aren’t able to get one from home.
Indianola Junior High School: In 1909, the first junior high creation was announced. This made a major impact on our nation because before junior high (aka middle school) students were in elementary school from kindergarten through 8th grade. With the idea of junior high, students would be able to have an “in-between” setting after elementary school, before high school. This would make more room in elementary schools for more students and let the older students (6th-8th) get their own building that would help them better prepare for high school. This had an affect on me because I went to middle school 6th-8th grade and there I was able to meet new people, adapt to a new setting, and prepare for high school. This connects to the present day because middle schools are still being used today and are a very useful tool for students who need help adapting and learning how to meet new people and make new friends.
Standardized testing: In 1905 French psychologist Alfred Binet began developing a standardized test of intelligence, work that would eventually be incorporated into a version of the modern IQ test. They affect our nation because they were made as a quick way to test large numbers of children on their knowledge at once, so administrators can use them to test the knowledge of their students all at once, and be able to grade them quickly and efficiently. They affect me as a person because I am forced to take these tests, along with my peers, in all different classes just so I can be judged on my understanding and knowledge of all different kinds of concepts. This has an impact on the present day because even though they are inefficient, in my opinion, they are still being used in most schools to see whether or not a student can bubble in a bunch of answers that will determine a percentage that affects their GPA which is what colleges look at when students are applying.
Motion Pictures of the 1920’s: Cedar Rapids Gazette declared his theory that motion pictures would help give students a better understanding of the topic being taught in school. He thought that instead of reading history in a textbook, students would be able to actually see it in a motion picture movie and get a better understanding of the past. This affects our nation because the technology helps students focus and understand the concept of the past better. Motion Pictures has an impact on me because they help me get a better understanding of the past by actually being able to see real life footage of the past which is a big assistance on my education. It connects to the present day because after each day, week, year, and/or century, technology is being improved and now students can learn visually from mostly anywhere.
Albert Einstein: Albert Einstein was a German mathematician. Although he wasn’t from America, he still made a big impact of the US. He won a nobel prize for physics and he developed the special and general theories of relativity. He also had a major impact on the development of atomic energy, and many more discoveries, which all affect the nation because the ideas and discoveries made by Albert Einstein helped make even more discoveries based off of the ones he made. His passion lead him to great success which resulted in him being considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century. Einstein affected me positively. His discoveries connect to the present day because now all around the world, more and more students are able to be educated on his discoveries and him as a person. This is because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to be educated about all of the interesting discoveries he made.
Helen Keller: Helen Keller brought sign language and braille to the US, the most commonly used communication system for the death and blind. She had a teacher, Anne Sullivan, who helped lead her to becoming the intelligent, successful women she was. Anne taught Helen many different ways of communication which include touch-lip reading, Braille, speech, typing and finger-spelling. Helen Keller had an impact on me because of her determination to learn and strive for a better education that would eventually impact the whole world. Helen Keller connects to the present day because the visually impaired and deaf are still using these types of communication today.