In Mrs. Holley's fifth-grade library class, students were given illustrated biographies of obscure historical female figures. In small groups, the students reviewed the selections, made notes on what was remarkable about these women, and then made a choice of whom they thought should grace the face of the next ten-dollar bill. Once decided, students then drew a portrait for the currency and shared with the rest of the class. The women explored included depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange, 1940s All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Katie Casey, and the first woman to run for president, Victoria Woodhull—who ran for office in 1872!
In the Upper School, Upper School Director Mark Thompson's Intro to Global Studies class took a different take on women's history by learning about two young women who are currently making history. Publicized in the local press, two Blacksburg high-school students created a documentary, which includes interviews with various experts, to investigate and understand the U.S. policy on refugees. Their film, "The Tempest Tossed," has won numerous awards for the sisters, most recently, a grand prize from C-SPAN's StudentCam competition, "an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation," states its website. Students watched the film, then discussed the controversial topics invoked by the subject such as "Do refugees pose a safety risk to Americans?" "What happens if we turn them away?" Asked by anyone, these questions are difficult, but having them asked by two young women and explored so deeply is inspirational.