5 reasons to Incorporate Inspirational Women, Men, and Non-binary in the Classroom

Inspiring Your Students with Biography

There is something that I have always found important to include in my classrooms. Biographies, specifically biographies of people who have made our world a better place! So, I want to talk about a resource today that will help you incorporate inspirational women and men in your class curriculums: Inspirational Women and Men Journal and Classroom Decor Pack

Five Reasons

When you incorporate influential and important people in your class curriculum, students will benefit in several ways. Read on to discover 5 reasons to use the Inspirational Women and Men Journal and the Inspirational Non-binary Journal in your classroom.

1: These articles and activities have been designed to help students strengthen their reading, writing, and analyzing skills while simultaneously learning about important people. The journal is designed with 50 unique informational text articles that include corresponding comprehension questions and annotation guides to encourage close reading skills.

2: This resource includes more than biographies and questions. There are 11 additional activities that allow your students to incorporate all of the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate and Create. Students will be able to challenge themselves by incorporating creative and comprehensive skills.

3: Students need to learn about the people who came before them. The people who worked hard, fought, stood up and made changes in our world. These people have a direct impact on our lives and it is important for us to know our world’s history. These classroom decor packs and journals include articles and activities about courageous and hard-working women, like, Frida Khalo, Malala Yousafzai and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They will be able to learn about how men like Isaac Newton, Nelson Mandela and Óscar Arias Sánchez have provided opportunities for change in our world. And, with the FREE Non-binary journal, your students can see how people like Amanda Stenberg, Maia Kobabe, and Jonathan Van Ness have created platforms for social justice and change!

4: Sometimes, all it takes is one. One person whose story impacts a student’s life, changes their perspective, encourages and influences them. Role models can only be discovered when students are presented with them. So, when we want our students to have good role models, we must provide them. Using biographies can motivate and inspire students to be bold and brave in their own lives. They can teach them more about people who they may not come across on a daily basis.

5: Inclusivity and acceptance should be a non-negotiable in our classrooms. Each and every student deserves the chance to learn about someone who is like them. Likewise, students deserve the opportunity to learn about people who are different than them. The 74 people that are included in these resources are from a variety of backgrounds. They are from all kinds of fields and have impacted different areas of study and social issues. This diverse set of important people will help our students broaden their knowledge and hopefully their perspectives. And it can help us teachers, too!

Who Can I Find in These Resources?

Women included:

  • Frida Kahlo
  • Serena Williams
  • Sandra Oh
  • Taylor Swift
  • Ellen
  • Beyoncé
  • Lady Gaga
  • Joanna Gaines
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Janet Mock
  • Emma Watson
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Billie Holiday
  • Chien-Shiung Wu
  • Cleopatra
  • Selena
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Mae Jemison
  • Maya Angelou
  • Amalia Eriksson
  • Iva Toguri D’Aquino
  • Julia Child
  • Diana Nyad
  • Billie Jean King
  • Patricia Bath

Men Included:

  • Bill Gates
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Albert Einstein
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Harvey Milk
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Barack Obama
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Winston Churchill
  • Leonardo DaVinci
  • Socrates
  • Isaac Newton
  • William Shakespeare
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Muhammad Yunus
  • Óscar Arias Sánchez
  • José Ramos-Horta
  • Desmond Tutu
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Jesse Owns
  • Muhammad Ali

Non-Binary included (DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE):

  • Amandla Stenberg
  • Angel Haze (Raykeea Raen-Roes Wilson)
  • Jeffrey Marsh
  • Indya Moore
  • Jacob Tobia
  • Bethany Meyers
  • Pidgeon Pagonis
  • Jill Soloway
  • Alok Vaid-Menon
  • Ruby Rose
  • Maia Kobabe
  • Janae Kroc
  • Sam Smith
  • Jonathan Van Ness
  • Lachlan Watson
  • Ser Anzoategui
  • Jaden Smith
  • Lori Rodriguez
  • Jamie Windust
  • AC Dumlao
  • Ezra Miller
  • Zuri Moreno
  • Dana Zzyym
  • Chandler Wilson

The non-binary resource was an incredible collaboration with Ace (@teachingoutsidethebinary on IG) and Tooley (@growingwithmxt on IG). Check them out!!! We’ve decided to make the resource free. You can download it here.


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Welcome! My name is Brittany Jeltema, also known as The SuperHERO Teacher, and I am a curriculum designer and classroom flipper. I have a strong passion for helping teachers reach as many students as possible through creativity, engagement, and empowerment!

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