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Margaret Sanger Quotes - Controversial...
Quotes by Margaret Sanger - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip: How Are...
How are Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip related? Besides being married, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip share ancestry.
Queen Victoria's Fertile Family Tree
A list of the children and grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, showing their intermarriages with other royal houses of Europe.
13 Female Pharaohs of Egypt
The rulers of ancient Egypt, Pharaohs, were almost all men. The evidence for a few women Pharaohs is sketchy at best. Here is a list of the most likely.
Roe v. Wade Facts: What You Need to Know about...
The Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, legalizing abortions under most conditions throughout the United States, has shaped debate about abortion in America ever since. Find out the basic facts about the decision and what it really says.
Was Cleopatra Black? Evidence For and Against
Was Cleopatra (Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt) a black African queen? Here's a summary of the evidence for and against.
Royal Family Tree: How Queen Elizabeth II Is...
How is Queen Elizabeth II related to Queen Victoria? The answer, plus the details of how that answer is derived.
Male Chauvinist Pig (MCP): Where Does That...
A glossary entry for male chauvinist pig.
What Does Feminism Include?
What is feminism? Feminism refers to a diverse variety of beliefs, ideas, movements, and agendas for action.
How Boudicca Led a Celtic Revolt Against Roman...
Boudicca was a British Celtic warrior queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation.
80+ Famous Female Scientists: Which Ones Can...
Famous women scientists through the ages - how many do you know? Many linked to individual profiles to find out more about these women in the sciences, including medicine and mathematics.
The Rule of Thumb and the Legality of...
That a man was permitted to beat his wife with a switch no thicker than his thumb was a fact, though it was probably not a formal law anywhere nor stated in common law in just that form -- and was almost certainly not the origin of the phrase rule of thumb.
12 Powerful Women Rulers Everyone Should Know
Every person who wants to be literate in history should know about these powerful women rulers -- queens, pharaohs, empresses.
What Are Women's Rights? Past and Present
What rights have been included in the umbrella of women's rights, at different periods of history? What are the basic categories of women's rights and some examples of what has been advocated for in each category?
Queen Isabella: More Than Just a Patron of...
Biography of Queen Isabella of Spain, ruler of Castile and Aragon with her husband Ferdinand. Her contributions to world history are far more than just financing the expedition of Columbus.
What Is Radical Feminism?
A definition and description of radical feminism from the perspective of women's history.
Feminism in 1970s Sitcoms
Feminism in 1970s sitcoms took many forms: working women, single mothers, the recurring theme of independence, exploration of equal pay and other political issues. These five television shows exemplify the many aspects of feminism in 1970s sitcoms.
What Is Liberal Feminism?
The definition of liberal feminism, with examples and information about its supporters and critics.
What Is a Patriarchal Society and How Does It...
Definition of patriarchal society. What do feminists mean when they refer to a patriarchal society?
Princess Diana's Wedding (Fairy-Tale Day Gives...
The wedding of Diana Spencer -- who became known as Princess Diana -- to Prince Charles was a spectacular fairy-tale affair, seen worldwide via television.
70+ Black Women in American History Worth...
Find biographies about and quotations from some of the most notable black women in American history.
Which Tudor Queen Are You? A Women's History Quiz
Which queen in Tudor history are you most like? Take the quiz and find out!
44 Women Who Have Run for President
What woman ran for US president first? And which women have run since? Find a list of the female candidates for US president here.
Marilyn Monroe Quotes About Life, Acting,...
Find the best Marilyn Monroe quotes, on acting, her life, marriage, men, and more. You'll find familiar and unfamiliar quotes here, and learn more about this tragic movie star through her words.
Top 100 Women in History (According to Web...
A list of the top 100 women of history on the web, arranged in sequence of their popularity.
Here's What You Need to Know About Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first British citizen to marry a British heir in 300 years. Her seemingly-fairy-tale marriage to Prince Charles ended in scandal and divorce.
Biographies of Women in History: A to Z
Find biographies of notable women: An index to women's biographies on this site: an ever-expanding list of biographies of notable women, including those who are famous and those who should be more well known.
Glass Ceiling: An Invisible Barrier to Success
Defining the term glass ceiling, especially in relation to women's history and women's rights
Top 11 Women in Mathematics History: Who Were...
Top women in math history: find out more about the key women who managed to break into the male-dominated field of mathematics, when that was still rare.
Zenobia - Warrior Queen of Palmyra
Zenobia was queen of Palmyra, in Syria. She conquered Egypt and challenged Rome, though was eventually defeated.
Princess Diana Wedding Pictures
Photographs from the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles.
How Many of These 12 Ancient Women Rulers Do...
A list of the dozen most powerful women in the ancient (and classical) world. How many of them do you know?
Abortion in the Ancient and Premodern World
The practice of menstrual regulation or abortion is ancient. Traditional methods have been handed down for hundreds of generations and herbal and other methods have roots in the distant past.
"Now We Can Begin": What's Next?: Beyond Woman...
Crystal Eastman's 1920 essay called for women to see winning the vote as the beginning of their efforts for women's rights, not the end of the work. The essay is included along with some discussion questions and additional resources.
Tudor Dynasty: What Role Did Women Play?
Women of the Tudor dynasty included the two fascinating sisters of Henry VIII, Margaret and Mary, themselves ancestors of some interesting women of history. Page 2.
Elizabeth Woodville: Edward IV's Controversial...
Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England, wielded considerable influence and power. But some of the stories told about her may be pure propaganda.
Who Was the Queen of Sheba?
The Queen of Sheba is mentioned in the biblical story of Solomon. Was she a real historical figure? What was her name and where did she come from?
A Brief History of the Abortion Controversy in...
A history of how the abortion controversy has evolved in the United States. When did abortion first become illegal? What was the effect of Roe v. Wade?
How Cleopatra Ruled Egypt and Captivated 2...
Cleopatra VII was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Depicted in history as a seductress and manipulator, she allied herself with two powerful Romans, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, in an attempt to maintain the power of the Ptolemy dynasty over Egypt.
Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer and Executive
Coco Chanel brought us the little black dress, the Chanel suit and jacket, bell bottoms and Chanel No. 5 perfume. What brought her to fame and fortune?
The Personal Is Political: Where Did the...
Which early feminists said that the personal is political and what did they mean by this phrase?
Learn about Margaret Sanger, Birth Control and...
A biography of Margaret Sanger, the nurse who promoted birth control as a means by which a woman could exercise control over her life and health.
Judy Brady's Legendary Feminist Satire: I Want...
One of the best remembered pieces from the premiere issue of Ms. magazine is “I Want a Wife.”
What Were the Goals of 1960s/1970s Feminism?
What were the goals of the feminist movement? Learn more about the feminists of the 1960s and 1970s and what they wanted to achieve.
Lucrezia Borgia - a Pope's Controversial Daughter
Who was Lucrezia Borgia, really? What are the facts of her life, rather than the embellishments of enemies of her family and later writers? Find out in this biography of the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI.
Women's Liberation Movement - A History of the...
What was the women's liberation movement? Who was involved, and how did they work for women's equality and freedom from oppression?
Women's Suffrage Victory: What Won the Final...
August 26, 1920, marked the end of a long battle. The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in August, 1920, granted women the right to vote in the United States, and a surprising note from one mother helped win final passage.
Who Was Hildegard of Bingen?
Hildegard of Bingen biography: a profile of Hildegard of Bingen, medieval visionary writer and composer of music.
What is Transcendentalism? A Simpler-to-Underst...
Those studying the Transcendentalist movement sometimes have difficulty understanding the meaning of the term transcendentalism. Here's a brief description and some history.
Women of Dance: Some Shaped the Field, Others...
Women have shaped the field of dance, from classic to popular to modern to postmodern. And early work in dance has shaped the careers of many as well.
Norma McCorvey: Learn About Jane Roe of Roe v....
Norma McCorvey was Roe in the famous Roe v. Wade case, noted for converting from a pro-choice to an anti-abortion point of view.
Artemisia - Warrior Queen at the Battle of...
In the 5th century B.C.E., Artemisia, queen of Halicarnassus, helped Xerxes against the Greeks, then helped talk Xerxes out of pursuing his conquest of Greece.
Who Really Was Mary Sibley of Salem?
Who was the real Mary Sibley of Salem? Was she an innocent neighbor trying to help out, or a diabolical figure? Read about what is known of the real Mary Sibley.
A History of Women in Aviation
Flying women: timeline of women pilots and other women in the air - chronology of female record holders.
Radical Activist Angela Davis: Here's What You...
Angela Davis biography: philosopher, activist and teacher, Angela Davis was once on the FBI's most wanted list, and once ran for U.S. Vice President. Learn more about this African American radical whose ideas helped shape history.
Socialist Feminism - Women's History Definition
What is socialist feminism? Socialist feminism was a branch of feminism that gained popularity in the women's movement during the 1960s and 1970s.
Queen Victoria - What You Need to Know
Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to an age.
All the Female Reigning Rulers of England and...
England's rulers have more often been men than women, because primogeniture -- inheritance by the oldest son -- was the practice and law for inheriting titles. Meet the women who've held the title of queen, or tried to claim it, in their own right, rather than as queen consort.
What Is Feminist Literary Criticism?
Definition of feminist literary criticism and how it challenges male assumptions.
What Is the Equal Rights Amendment and What...
This history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) explains the origins and outcome of the Equal Rights Amendment struggle.
Is 'The King and I' a True Story?
Anna Leonowens and her six years at the Court of Siam: her story has captured the imagination of generations of Americans.
Anne Neville, Wife of the Infamous Richard III:...
Read about Anne Neville, queen consort of Richard III, who first married into the Lancaster and then the York branch of the royal family, putting her into the middle of the War of the Roses.
Who Were Some Famous Women Spies in World War I...
Women spies in World War I and World War II: female undercover work in World War I and World War II is largely unacknowledged.
Queen Elizabeth I: What Were Some Key...
Elizabeth I ruled England 1558 to 1603, and the Elizabethan Age was named for her.
Learn about Theodora, the Byzantine Empress Who...
Biography of the Empress Theodora: about the Byzantine ruler Theodora, a powerful woman whose story is told primarily by Procopius.
Ten Important Feminist Beliefs
What did feminists believe? These ten important feminist beliefs were key ideas of 1960s and 1970s feminism.
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Marries Albert, Duke...
Formal wedding photograph for the future King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, with George V and Queen Mary. Page 19.
1960s Feminism: 8 Examples of Activities of the...
What did 1960s feminists do? A look at some of the actions of the 1960s feminist movement.
40 Inspiring Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt,...
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African American Women's History, Starting From...
A chronology of events and birthdates for African American women and other women involved in African American history. This section of the timeline covers the years 1492-1699.
What Is the Feminine Mystique?
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What Happened for Women'€™s Rights...
This 1960s feminism timeline explores feminist history. Learn about key women's rights events with this 1960s feminism timeline.
Seven Sisters Colleges - History of Women's...
The Seven Sisters, women's colleges in the Northeast of the United States, were founded in the 19th century to bring equal higher education to women. Do you know which ones they are? Read illustrated profiles of these colleges including information on some of their best-known students.
Do You Know These Facts About Diana, Princess...
Interesting little facts about Diana, Princess of Wales
Ella Wheeler Wilcox: Tis the Set of the Sail
Tis the Set of the Sail or One Ship Sails East: a poem from Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Learn About Catherine Howard, 5th Wife of Henry...
Biography of Catherine Howard, Queen consort and fifth wife of Henry VIII of England. She was beheaded for adultery and hiding her previous sexual history.
Elizabeth of York: What Her Life and Marriage...
A biography of Elizabeth of York, Queen of England, whose marriage to Henry VII signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty.
Women's Place, Men's Place: How the Idea of...
An overview of the ideology of separate spheres which attempted to define the proper role or place or sphere for women and for men.
Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman Physician
Elizabeth Blackwell is known as the first woman physician in America. Learn about her life journey to that goal, and what she did after she graduated from medical school as a medical pioneer.
What Is the Meaning of Oppression of Women?
Feminists struggle against oppression of women. What is oppression, and what makes a society oppressive?
Twelve Medieval Women of Power and Influence
Impressive women of medieval Europe: rulers, artists, writers, saints, they all were important in their day, though some have been nearly forgotten since.
Black History and Women: People and Events You...
Celebrate the women of black history and their contributions and perspectives. Find biographies, timelines, descriptions of major events and more.
Susan B. Anthony, Key Women's Suffrage...
Find out more about the life and women's rights organizing of Susan B. Anthony, one of the most important leaders in the long women's suffrage campaign to win the vote for women.
Timeline 1700-1799
A chronology of events and birthdates for African American women and other women involved in African American history. This section of the timeline covers the years 1700-1799.
Key Writers About Feminist Theory
Feminism is about equality of the sexes, and activism to achieve such equality for women. Not all feminist theorists have agreed about how to achieve that.
21 Quotes About Anti-Feminism
Opposition to feminism is nothing new, nor is it something merely of the past. Here are some quotable anti-feminist quotes from those who've opposed feminism or were lukewarm about it.
Molly Ivins - Political Humor Quotes
Quotes by Molly Ivins - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Who Were the Victims in the Salem Witch Craze?
There were many victims of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Twenty-four people died. Here's the list with information about each of them.
Mary Parker Follett, Management Pioneer and...
A look at the life and work of this early 20th century original thinker and author on industrial management theory.
First Ladies Picture Gallery
A gallery of pictures of America's first ladies, wives of the presidents.
Victoria and Albert
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their wedding day, February 10, 1840. Page 2.
Princess Alice Marries Ludwig (Louis) IV, Grand...
From the wedding reception of Queen Victoria's third daughter, Alice, to Prince Louis of Hesse Darmstadt, 1867. Page 6.
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Powerful Ruler in...
Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England through her two marriages and ruler of her own territories by right of birth, was one of the most powerful women of the world in the twelfth century. This profile highlights her key contributions.
Quotes by Women of History: Index A to Z
Quotes by women: an alphabetical index to hundreds of pages of quotes by famous women and some who aren't so famous.
Calamity Jane
A profile of Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary Burke), notable figure from American western history.
What 1970s Feminists Did during the Women&rsquo...
What did 1970s feminists do? A look at some significant actions of the 1970s feminist movement.
Women Artists of the 16th Century: Renaissance/...
A list of women artists in Europe in the sixteenth century.
Indian Captivity Narratives
What was politically correct in another time was different: in these stories of women captured by Indians, we can discover quite a bit about what the culture thought about women and Native Americans in colonial times and the 19th century.
Biography of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, Ancient...
Nefertiti biography: what is known about Nefertiti, Egyptian queen, the chief wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten? Read more here.
What You Need to Know About Women's Suffrage
Women's suffrage - articles, biographies, timelines, original documents, pictures, and more information on the long struggle to win the vote for women.
Quotes by Comedian and Actress Mae West
Her bawdy plays and movies were full of double entendres and attracted the attention of industry censors. Enjoy these selected Mae West quotations.
Mary of Teck Marries George V
King George V and his new bride, Princess Mary of Teck, on their wedding day, July 6, 1893. Page 15.
Women Astronauts
Photographs of women astronauts, women who have flown in space.
Women and World War II
Women and World War II: how women's lives changed during World War II.
Identifying the Victims at Charities Pier
Identifying bodies at the morgue, after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Page 9.
Which Is More Correct: Woman Suffrage or...
How the terms Woman and Women were used somewhat differently in philosophical and political writings, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Philosopher, Astronomer,...
Hypatia, a mathematician, was an important pagan philosopher. Hypatia of Alexandria was a popular teacher in the Roman empire, and came under attack by the Christian Church.
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on Her Wedding Day
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, future Queen Elizabeth, on her way to marry George, Duke of York, the future George VI. Page 20.
How the Feminist Movement Changed the Art World
The Feminist Art Movement transformed the art world. Learn about the beginnings of the Feminist Art Movement and the effect feminism has had on art.
Did Olympe de Gouges Spark Women’s Rights...
Olympe de Gouges, playwright and author of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen.
How Was Queen Victoria Related to Her Husband...
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were related before marriage. Here's how they're related, including information on the uncle they had in common who was quite an influence on Victoria early in her career.
The 46 Female Heads of State of the 20th Century
Global women political leaders: female prime ministers and presidents.
Princess Royal Mary Marries Viscount Lascelle,...
King George V and Queen Mary with their daughter, the Princess Royal Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary, on her wedding day, with her new husband Viscount Lascelle, Earl of Harewood. Page 18.
Important Events in the Life of Princess Diana
A timeline of major events in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Did 1960s Feminists Burn Their Bras at Protests?
Feminists in the 1960s burned their bras - we all know that - even if it Just Ain't So.
Best All-Time Quotes from Queen Victoria
Quotes by Queen Victoria - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
The 100 Most Important Women in History: Do You...
Which women in history had the biggest impact on the world? Here's a suggested list, and room for you to add your own favorite.
When Did Women Win Their Own Property Rights?
Property rights of married women, under English common law and especially in America.
Socialist Feminism vs. Other Types of Feminism
How is socialist feminism different from other types of feminism? Socialist feminism was a branch of feminist theory that tried to fight against all types of injustice in society.
Women's Suffrage Quiz
A few trivia questions on the American women's suffrage movement.
Who Was Lydia Maria Child Beyond "Over the...
Biography of Lydia Maria Child, author and anti-slavery activist who's remembered for her Thanksgiving verse, Over the River and Through the Wood.
Mary, Queen of Scots: Her Tragic Story
Mary, Queen of Scots: learn about the heritage and life of the woman who was also a Queen of France and a claimant to the English throne.
Mary of Teck and George V
Photograph of the Buckingham Palace wedding of Duke of York, future King George V, and Princess Mary of Teck. Page 16.
Alexandra's Wedding Dress
Princess Alexandra of Denmark in her wedding dress, 1863. Page 8.
Princess Diana and Her Wedding Dress
Princess Diana formal portrait in her wedding dress, July 29, 1981. Page 14.
Alexandra of Denmark Marries Albert Edward,...
Picture of the 1863 wedding of Princess Alexandra of Wales to Great Britain's Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. Page 7.
Quotes By Writer and Critic Dorothy Parker
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Princess Diana's Death: Grief and Mourning Over...
Princess Diana's death in 1997 was mourned worldwide. Why the outpouring of grief and the attention to her funeral?
Who Were the Plantagenet Queens of England?
Introducing the Plantagenet queens consort, wives of the English kings from Henry II to Richard II.
The Inspiring Story of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth biography: read about this former slave, abolitionist, preacher and advocate of women's rights.
Alexandra and Edward with Queen Victoria
Prince Edward and Princess Alexandra of Denmark pose with Queen Victoria after their wedding. Page 9.
How ‘The Feminine Mystique’ Sparked...
Description of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and the impact of the book. How Betty Friedan explored women's unhappiness in The Feminine Mystique and inspired the Women's Liberation Movement.
The Balcony Kiss
The balcony kiss after the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, 1981. Page 13.
What Is the Legal Status of the First Lady?
The First Lady is the wife of the United States President. Does she have any special legal status?
The Yellow Wallpaper: An Essay by Charlotte...
Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote her short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, based on some of her own life experiences. Find her entire short story here, along with resources for further study and questions for thinking about the essay and its place in women's history.
Beatrice Marries Henry of Battenberg
Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, in her wedding dress, 1885. Page 13.
Victoria, Princess Royal, Marries the Future...
Engraving from a painting of the wedding of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, to Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia, in 1858. Page 5.
When Did Women Get the Vote - State by State?
Dates that women in the U.S. got the vote - national, state, and local milestones.
Josephine Baker Facts and Biography: Influentia...
Biography of Josephine Baker, jazz singer and Harlem Renaissance figure. Find out how she faced discrimination and accusations and made a successful career in entertainment.
Princess Olga of Kiev (Also Known as Saint Olga)
A biography of Princess Olga of Kiev, credited with being a founder of Russian Christianity.
Josephine Baker's Life and Career in Photographs
Josephine Baker honored at Madame Tussauds in 2008.
Comparable Worth: Equal Pay for Work of...
Brief history and description of the concept of comparable worth: equal pay for work of equal value. From Jone Johnson Lewis.
Hatshepsut: How Did She Become a Pharaoh in...
A biography of Queen Hatshepsut, Pharaoh of Egypt, who took on male symbols of kingship. Learn about her life and rule, and some of the controversies around her.
Margaret of Anjou, Queen Consort of Henry VI
A profile of Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England who took an active part in her husband's administration and led the Lancastrians in the early years of the Wars of the Roses.
Lady Elizabeth with Prince Albert
Albert, Duke of York, later George VI, on his wedding day with his bride, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, April 26, 1923. Page 21.
What Is the Problem That Has No Name?
Read about what Betty Friedan identified as the problem that has no name, and the solutions offered in her 1963 bestseller 'The Feminine Mystique.'
Fiances: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip
A photograph of the engaged couple of Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip, from January 1947. Page 25.
Significant Feminist Protests
List of significant feminist protests in the 1960s and 1970s. Read about Women's Liberation Movement activism that has affected U.S. law and the lives of women today.
The Story Behind Lucretia's Infamous Rape:...
Lucretia biography - profile of legendary Roman matron Lucretia whose rape is said to have triggered the Roman revolution.
Marie Curie: Learn About the Mother of Modern...
Learn more about Marie Curie here, including some surprising facts. Marie Curie was the most famous woman scientist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She played a key role in the discovery of radioactivity and its properties, and won two Nobel prizes for her work.

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