Youth Education

Vision 2020 works to educate young people to value gender equality, shared leadership, and civic engagement.

Download the Vision 2020 Educator's Guide for innovative activities--lessons and games-- for teachers and others interested in increasing young people's awareness of women's contributions to American history.


Education Lessons

To fulfill one of our four goals – to educate young people to value gender equality, shared leadership, and civic engagement - the Vision 2020 education initiative will be about storytelling: telling the stories of the women in our history who have already demonstrated gender equality, shared leadership and civic engagement.

It is well known that the stories of women in American history have been woefully lacking in our k to 12 classrooms and textbooks. Research has shown that when women are included at all, they are discussed in peripheral, supportive roles. Even the stories of influential women are omitted or relegated to a brief sidebar in textbooks and classroom curricula. As a result, students grow up with a distorted and inaccurate perspective on the role of women in our history.

The impact on students is marginalization of women in society. Gender bias in the classroom can result in psychological and social as well as educational harm to students. Classroom and curricular cues about gender behavior help both boys and girls define appropriate gender roles, feelings of self-confidence and self worth. Biased textbooks and classroom lessons tell young girls that they are inferior to males and that men are the capable individuals in the society.

If students do not see women engaged in thoughtful, creative, inventive and adventurous behavior that is recognized and valued in their textbooks and lessons, they are not likely to learn that girls and women have these abilities.

The lesson plans, materials and resources of the Vision 2020 Education Initiative will tell the stories of women in American history in an exciting and engaging way. Our materials will be suitable for young people from middle school through high school and appropriate for traditional classroom use as well as use in out-of-school situations like after school programs or scouting. Both teachers and program leaders will appreciate that teaching activities and alignment with standards are included.

Our goal is to create a searchable online library.  We will include links to materials and resources elsewhere on the internet as well as original content.

Our first story is about Alice Paul, the young Quaker from New Jersey whose strategies to awaken public opinion are credited with winning passage of the 19th Amendment, giving 20 million women the right to vote in 1920. 

What makes Alice Paul worthy of attention today is her dedication to the cause of women's suffrage and in particular, her pioneering strategies of public protest in support of her cause. In 1913, when she was 28, she organized a public march in Washington, D.C. the day before President Wilson's first inauguration.  Under her leadership, the campaign for women’s suffrage was the first protest action at the gates of the White House. Arrested and jailed, she and her colleagues endured hunger strikes and forced feeding for their cause.

Download "Remember the Ladies" [PDF]
September 2013 Lesson in observance of Constitution Day.

Our second story is "I knew it could be done. . . and I did it:"  American Women Explorers from 1800 to 1950. This story tells the tale of some of the many women who managed to overcome the barriers of their time to explore new places, and to be pioneer aviators, mountaineers, journalists and scientists. 

These women are worth our attention and study not only for the discoveries they made and their contributions to our understanding of our world, but because they serve as role models for today’s women and girls to seek their own adventures.

Download "I knew it could be done..and I did it:" American Women Explorers from 1800 to 1950 [PDF]
October 2013 Lesson released in observance of Columbus Day.

Public Demonstrations to Achieve Civic Goals: Picketing at the White House. [PDF]
Appendix [PDF]
February 2014 Lesson.

Wells Fargo is a founding supporter of Vision 2020 Education Initiative.

Wells Fargo  

State Activities

Teri Tibbett

Girls on the Run

The goal of Tibbett’s Vision 2020 State Initiative is to secure sustainable funding for existing Girls on the Run® (GOTR) programs in Alaska and to support the development of new programs in the state. Girls on the Run International® is an international non-profit program that supports young girls in developing self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The curricula includes two programs, Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grades) and Girls on Track (6th-8th grades), and addresses many aspects of girls’ development, including physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being. The stated mission of GOTR is “to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.”

Danna Grear and Robin Hall Guadagnini

Mentoring and Empowering by Experience (MEE)

Local business women mentor Junior High and High School aged girls who fall in the “middle”, as they are not the top of the class, nor the bottom. They are the ones who can get lost and overwhelmed as life hands them challenges. By using local business women leaders we hope to provide encouragement, empowerment, and insight into the options available to them as girls and women, and to find their inner voices to be able to stand up for what they believe in and what they need and want out of life. We are adding the Junior Delegate program to our MEE group this coming year and then be able to add the College program fall of 2013. This initiative begins in Northwest Arkansas and will later be reproduced in communities throughout the state. Visit for more information.

Marla Wood

Women’s Wisdom Bank

Vision 2020 Delegate Wood has set a goal of generating a dynamic body of knowledgeable women’s wisdom so that current and future generations can leverage these assets as real life treasures and role models for gender equality and women’s success stories. The WWB’s objective is to build an interactive multimedia website and database to generate concrete role models and real world knowledge for women as they pursue their own unique gifts in their community. This project provides mentoring, facilitate best gender practices, teach entrepreneurs, assemble a coalition of women leaders and link philanthropic groups and other organizations that support equality. A key element of the project is honesty and frankness. This is not a forum for surface encouragement or “cheerleading,” but a place where successes and failures can be processed and supported openly and safely.

Sadhana Pasricha

Social Capital- The Secret Currency

Through Social Capital---the Secret Currency, Pasricha raises awareness about the importance of social capital and educate professional women how to identify, invest, and raise their stock of social capital. These educational workshops will provide women with the mental lenses and the practical tools to generate higher levels of trust, gain access to appropriate networks, and effectively navigate the invisible cultural norms (the informal rules of the game) of their workplace. By teaching women how to invest and leverage their social capital, they will assist women in gaining the confidence and skills to successfully break personal and structural barriers and confidently assume leadership roles.

Rebecca Miles

A Conversation About Equality

Miles is the executive director for the Nez Perce Tribe and notes the need for a forum to hold a conversation about gender equality. The main objective is to implement a conference or symposium that increases the knowledge of gender equality and to participate in other forums to raise awareness about the goals of Vision 2020.

Joey Jayne

Re-Integrating Native American Incarcerated Women

Jayne’s Vision 2020 State Initiative focuses on assisting female inmates returning to the community after incarceration through various resources and outlets including education, social services, sustaining healthy relationships, infrastructure and cross-jurisdictional cooperation between law enforcement, courts and government services. The overall goal is to cut the rates of recidivism among Native American women.

Roberta Harper and Monique Stamps

Mentoring Across Difference

The goal of this initiative is to educate our future leaders with the assistance of mentors and sponsors. As the result of a partnership with the Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange (WIE), Carpe Diem North Carolina's name has become "Mentoring across Difference". This collaboration with WIE has allowed us to "leap forward" and now focuses on telling our story, fundraising as well as growing / enhancing the mentorship program. "Mentoring across Difference" program is designed to: 1. build trust across gender, generation, race, socio-economic, disability and cultural lines 2. compliment the student's leadership and development skills while providing access to senior level men and women in the community 3. provide an opportunity for students to receive guidance from leaders they typically wouldn't access 4. ensure that promising students are nurtured by others who are willing to share their time, experiences and formulas for success in a global society. This was a two-year pilot that served 27 full-time students during the first year, which began September 2012. While this program is focused on educating new generations of girls and boys to respect their differences, the goal is to positively impact all the Vision 2020's national goals.

Jaya Dargan

C.A.R.E. Collaborations for New Jersey (Commitment + Attitude+ Results= Equality)

The C.A.R.E. Collaborations for New Jersey Initiatives focuses on collaborating with institutions of higher education in New Jersey to build awareness of the Vision 2020 and its Goals. This is achieved by creating an initiative that builds commitment and support in order to make visible, tangible efforts resulting in greater gender equality and opportunities available to all. Jaya invites participation from academic institutions to develop programs that measures visibility of young women and men in challenging roles, career development and advancement, as well as economic support via scholarships or entrepreneurial opportunities made available to them, to leverage the data in creating a plan for greater equality. Jay creates project plans in coordination with partnering institutions where measure of progress and success of programs can be consistent and visible through the implementation and measurement phases. She invites participation from private and corporate partners and allies who can contribute to this effort and its ongoing success, as well as publish periodic reports to share goals, partners, measurement criteria, project plans, and events to all partners. Lastly, Jaya holds supporting events to share progress, engage dialogue, invite networking and celebrate achievements in the Garden State!

Fran Fattah

Vision 2020 Springside Leadership Initiative

Fran Fattah paired with Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) Academy on a girls’ leadership initiative. During the 2011-12 academic year, she formed a Leadership Collaborative to bring together 8th grade girls and adult women in leadership training and mentoring. She is working toward achieving the national goals of the Vision 2020 initiative, specifically among them to:

  • Educate new generations of boys and girls to respect their differences and to act on the belief that America is at its best when leadership is shared and opportunities are open to all.
  • Increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in American life to reflect the workforce talent pool and demographics.

Kimberly Olson

Equitable Access to Care

The overall goal of Olson’s initiative is to ensure women have equitable access to care. This broad reaching and all-encompassing goal was centered on returning women veterans, as Olson is the founder and President of Grace under Fire. The objective was to focus on the inequality provided by the system established to care for Veterans (VA) and the lack of research for women’s health.

Sharon Clagett

Vision 2020 Educator’s Guide

Clagett is promoting through the West Virginia educational system, The Vision 2020 Educators’ Guide, which was written to provide teachers with classroom activities and resources focused on American women’s historical journey toward equality. The Educators’ Guide was produced by Vision 2020 in conjunction with an original exhibition on women’s history. Clagett has held workshops and exhibits displaying the guide and has educated corporate and business groups through exhibits and display opportunities.

National Allies

  • Anita Borg Institute
  • Association of Women in Science
  • Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.
  • Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
  • General Federation of Women's Clubs
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Girls on the Run
  • Rock the Vote
  • School Girls Unite with the Youth Activism Project
  • Simmons College