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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Does Feminism Include?
What is feminism? Feminism refers to a diverse variety of beliefs, ideas, movements, and agendas for action.
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.
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.
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.
Margaret Sanger Quotes - Controversial...
Quotes by Margaret Sanger - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
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.
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 Is Radical Feminism?
A definition and description of radical feminism from the perspective of women's history.
Zenobia - Warrior Queen of Palmyra
Zenobia was queen of Palmyra, in Syria. She conquered Egypt and challenged Rome, though was eventually defeated.
Male Chauvinist Pig (MCP): Where Does That...
A glossary entry for male chauvinist pig.
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.
12 Women Scientists Everyone Should Know
How many women scientists can you name? Here are 12 women scientists you should know for basic scientific literacy.
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?
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.
70+ Black Women in American History Worth...
Find biographies about and quotations from some of the most notable black women in American history.
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.
What Is a Patriarchal Society and How Does It...
Definition of patriarchal society. What do feminists mean when they refer to a patriarchal society?
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.
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 Is Liberal Feminism?
The definition of liberal feminism, with examples and information about its supporters and critics.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
How Boudicca Led a Celtic Revolt Against Roman...
Boudicca was a British Celtic warrior queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation.
Isabella d'Este - Renaissance Arts Patron
Isabella d'Este biography - a profile of Isabella d'Este, part of the Italian Renaissance nobility and arts world.
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.
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.
About Abigail Williams, Key Accuser in the...
Biography of Abigail Williams, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
Who Was Hildegard of Bingen?
Hildegard of Bingen biography: a profile of Hildegard of Bingen, medieval visionary writer and composer of music.
Queen Victoria - What You Need to Know
Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to an age.
Reminiscences of the Herschels
An 1889 article by Maria Mitchell about meeting the Herschel family - British astronomers - in 1857.
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.
Anne Bradstreet's Poetry: Religion, Women and...
Anne Bradstreet's poetry dealt with typical Puritan religious and spiritual themes, but also defended women's Reason and addressed the immortality of writing itself.
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?
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.
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.
What Is Feminist Literary Criticism?
Definition of feminist literary criticism and how it challenges male assumptions.
Princess Diana - In Her Own Words (Quotations)
Quotes by Princess Diana - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
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.
The Personal Is Political: Where Did the...
Which early feminists said that the personal is political and what did they mean by this phrase?
Important Events in the Life of Princess Diana
A timeline of major events in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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?
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!
Lorraine Hansberry, Playwright: Wrote "Raisin...
Lorraine Hansberry is best known for her play, A Raisin in the Sun, with universal, black, and feminist themes. Read more about her life and her work.
Princess Diana Wedding Pictures
Photographs from the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles.
Women and World War II
Women and World War II: how women's lives changed during World War II.
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?
Cultural Feminism
A definition and description of cultural feminism, in the context of women's history.
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.
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?
The Inspiring Story of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth biography: read about this former slave, abolitionist, preacher and advocate of women's rights.
Mary Wollstonecraft, Mother of Feminism and...
Overview of the legacy, life, and work of England's early feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Reading the Works of Phillis Wheatley, Slave...
Phillis Wheatley, an African brought to America as a slave, became a published poet at the age of 18. Read a biography of Phillis Wheatley and some assessments of her literary contribution.
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.
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.
About Mary White Rowlandson, Indian Captivity...
Mary White Rowlandson was captured by Indians in Massachusetts near the end of King Philip's War, and her autobiography became a best-seller.
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.
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.
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.
When Did Women Get the Vote - State by State?
Dates that women in the U.S. got the vote - national, state, and local milestones.
International Woman Suffrage: A Timeline of...
Dates that various countries gave the vote to women.
Woman Suffrage Timeline: How Did Events Unfold?
A time line of events in the history of women's suffrage in America.
Queen Elizabeth I: What Were Some Key...
Elizabeth I ruled England 1558 to 1603, and the Elizabethan Age was named for her.
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.
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.
Did Olympe de Gouges Spark Women’s Rights...
Olympe de Gouges, playwright and author of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen.
Identifying the Victims at Charities Pier
Identifying bodies at the morgue, after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Page 9.
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.
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.
A History of Women in Aviation
Flying women: timeline of women pilots and other women in the air - chronology of female record holders.
Pocahontas Saves Captain John Smith - Fact or...
It's one of the best-known stories in American history: Indian princess throws herself on captive John Smith to save him from her father's order of execution. But is the story true?
Glass Ceiling: An Invisible Barrier to Success
Defining the term glass ceiling, especially in relation to women's history and women's rights.
30 Women to Thank for Your Right to Vote
Biographies of key women who worked for the vote for women -- and often for other women's rights, too.
Learn About Phillis Wheatley, the Slave Poet of...
Phillis Wheatley, an African brought to America as a slave, became a published poet at the age of 18. Read a biography of Phillis Wheatley and some assessments of her literary contribution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anna Jarvis and Mother's Day History
Anna Jarvis and Mother's Day, part of the history of Mother's Days around the world.
What Rights Did Mary Wollstonecraft Advocate...
Mary Wollstonecraft: the argument she makes in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Part of a series of articles on Mary Wollstonecraft's life and writings.
Quiz: African American History and Women
Quiz: African American History and Women From Jone Johnson Lewis ,Your Guide to Women's History .FREE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Salem Judges Presiding Over Cases Accusing...
Who served as judges in the Salem witch trials, and in what capacity did each serve? Find out from this list.
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.
1692 Salem Witch Trials: What Happened When?...
What happened in Salem in 1692? This detailed timeline includes what happened before, during and after the Salem Witch trials, and will help you figure out the causes and effects of the trials.
40 Inspiring Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt,...
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Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet
A biography of Anne Bradstreet, America's first published poet whose writings allow insight into the experience of the early Puritans in New England.
Sisterhood Is Powerful
Sisterhood Is Powerful is the classic feminist anthology edited by Robin Morgan. Learn about feminist issues and the feminist writings on sisterhood, discrimination, and theory that were collected in Sisterhood Is Powerful.
Do You Know These Facts About Diana, Princess...
Interesting little facts about Diana, Princess of Wales
Martha Carrier: Executed as a Witch in Salem in...
Biography of Martha Carrier, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Learn More About a...
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a key leader in the 19th century women's rights movement, even with time spent at home raising her family. Later, her more radical views sent her to the margins. Learn more about Stanton and her contributions to women's suffrage, especially working with Susan B. Anthony.
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?
Harriet Tubman's Hard Years as a Slave...
Harriet Tubman's early life as a slave, her first marriage to a free black man, and her escape to the North and freedom.
Who Was the First Woman to Vote Under the 19th...
First woman to vote under the 19th Amendment and woman suffrage in the United States: who and where was she?
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.
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.
How Jane Addams Defined the Social Work...
Jane Addams biography: a biography of Jane Addams, whose settlement house work at Hull-House was an important part of the history of the social work profession. Learn how she changed the face of American culture with her work in the city and for peace.
Abortion: Reform vs. Repeal
What is the difference between reforming abortion laws and repealing them? Feminist activists in the 1960s called for the repeal of abortion laws as a matter of justice for all women.
12 Empowering Quotes by Rosa Parks, Civil...
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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.
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.
Harriet Martineau Quotes: 19th Century British...
Quotes from 19th century writer Harriet Martineau, known for her travel writing, her opposition to slavery, her advocacy for women's equality, for being an early sociologist and for her unorthodox views on religion and other topics.
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 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.
What Is the Meaning of Oppression of Women?
Feminists struggle against oppression of women. What is oppression, and what makes a society oppressive?
13 Surprising Facts About Susan B. Anthony
Did you know that Susan B. Anthony was not at Seneca Falls in 1848? Or that she was at the White House for her 80th birthday? Or that her grandfather fought in the American Revolution? Find out more about these and 10 more facts that may surprise you.
This Day in Women's History
Year's calendar of This Day in Women's History listings.
When Did Women Win Their Own Property Rights?
Property rights of married women, under English common law and especially in America.
At the Morgue
Identifying bodies at the morgue, after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Page 10.
Ann Richards Quotes
Quotes by Ann Richards - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Calamity Jane
A profile of Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary Burke), notable figure from American western history.
Bridget Bishop: First Person Executed in the...
Bridget Bishop biography - a profile of Bridget Bishop, accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials.
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.
Why Is the Fourteenth Amendment So Important...
A history of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, as it has been applied to women's rights.
Profile of Catherine Parr, Sixth Wife of Henry...
A profile of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII of England.
After Identifying a Body
After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, leaving the temporary morgue after identifying a body. Page 11.
First Ladies Picture Gallery
A gallery of pictures of America's first ladies, wives of the presidents.
Ms. Magazine
A profile of Ms. Magazine, one in a series of profiles of historical women's magazines, newspapers, and journals.
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.
Tituba - Accused and Accuser: Salem Witch Trials
Tituba biography: a profile of the Indian slave in Salem Village who was at the center of the Salem Witch Trials.
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.
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.
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.
The Other Side of the Woman Question
Julia Ward Howe's responses to an article opposing woman suffrage by Francis Parkman. From the North American Review, 1879.
Rebecca Nurse, Respected Salem Village Elder...
Biography of Rebecca Nurse, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
Beauty Pageants: the Feminist Critique
What's wrong with beauty pageants? Why did feminists of the 1960s protest Miss America? A list of 10 women's liberation objections to the Miss America pageant.
Anne Hutchinson, Religious Dissident of...
Anne Hutchinson challenged church authority and was banished from Massachusetts, in the colonial period of American history.
Gloria Steinem - Feminist and Editor
Biography of Gloria Steinem: learn about the life and background of feminist Gloria Steinem.
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.
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.'
Books on the Salem Witch Trials and Their Context
Find resources to study and read about the Salem Witch trials of 1692 New England in this extensive bibliography.
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.
Abolitionists: Black and White Women Against...
Women abolitionists -- profiles of women abolitionists, including African American abolitionists and white women who worked for abolition.
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.
Ten Important Feminist Beliefs
What did feminists believe? These ten important feminist beliefs were key ideas of 1960s and 1970s feminism.
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.

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