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Women in Baseball and the Post Office

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Language Arts And English +8 Age Level Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

Issues of gender inequality have had profound effects on all aspects of American society and its many institutions. In conjunction with the National Postal Museum’s upcoming exhibition Baseball: America’s Home Run, this collection will assist teachers in examining this issue with their students through two important institutions of the 20th Century: Major League Baseball and the United States Postal Service. The collection explores this essential question: How was the changing status of women in American society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries represented in professional baseball and the United States Postal Service? In small groups, students will discuss this underlying question through the variety of resources in this collection, examining the historical access women have had to these institutions, their divergent experiences compared to their male counterparts, and how women have historically been depicted on USPS stamps. Some supporting questions to scaffold inquiry can be found in the “Notes to Other Users” section.

32c Womne's Softball single

National Postal Museum

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National Postal Museum

Baseball, signed by the 1951 South Bend Blue Sox

National Museum of American History

Connie Morgan, Martin's Stadium, Memphis, TN

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Baseball jersey worn by Neil Robinson for the Memphis Red Sox

National Museum of African American History and Culture

All-American Girls Baseball League contract

National Museum of American History

Yearbook for the South Bend Blue Sox, 1945

National Museum of American History

Bat, Baseball, Sally Ride

National Air and Space Museum

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National Postal Museum

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National Postal Museum

6c Woman Suffrage single

National Postal Museum

33c Women Support War Effort single

National Postal Museum

L~S Solvo Soap Cleans Anything. [Trading stamp.]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

32c Womne's Softball single

National Postal Museum

29c Women's Hurdles single

National Postal Museum