Talking with Authors: Jennifer Steinhauer, The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: 2018 was a year of “firsts” for women in Congress. From the first two Native American women to the first two Muslim women, all were elected into office, making it the largest female freshman class ever elected to Congress. Still, they make up less than 25 percent of Congress. Why? Veteran New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer explores the answer in “The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress.”

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: US History-111**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Provide the video to students interested in political and current events and/or as they work on an independent project dealing with topics in that area.
  • Use the video in a flipped learning activity and have students come to class prepared to share two insights gained by watching the video and two questions they’d like answered through their own or class research.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

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