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70+ Black Women in American History Worth...
Find biographies about and quotations from some of the most notable black women in American history.
How Boudicca Led a Celtic Revolt Against Roman...
Boudicca was a British Celtic warrior queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation.
How Bessie Coleman Became the 1st African...
Bessie Coleman - biography of the pioneer aviator, first black woman to fly a plane or earn a pilot's license.
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.
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.
The Inspiring Story of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth biography: read about this former slave, abolitionist, preacher and advocate of women's rights.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Althea Gibson Became the First African-Amer...
The life and career of the woman athlete who was the first African American of either sex to break the color bar in tournament tennis.
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.
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.
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.
Learn About 6-Time Olympic Medalist Jackie...
Read more about the life and career of track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, considered by many to be the best all-around female athlete in the world.
Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist: A Brief...
A biography of Rosa Parks, famous for her part in igniting the Montgomery bus boycott when she refused to give up her seat on a bus. Included are links to Rosa Parks quotes, a picture of Rosa Parks, and links to more on this site and on the Net.
Fast Facts: Who Was Harriet Tubman?
Facts about Harriet Tubman, a slave who escaped to freedom and then helped more than 300 other slaves escape. She was an abolitionist and proponent of civil rights in addition to being a Civil War soldier and spy.
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.
What Does Feminism Include?
What is feminism? Feminism refers to a diverse variety of beliefs, ideas, movements, and agendas for action.
What Is Liberal Feminism?
The definition of liberal feminism, with examples and information about its supporters and critics.
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.
12 Empowering Quotes by Rosa Parks, Civil...
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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.
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.
Shirley Chisholm: Learn About the 1st Black...
A biography of Shirley Chisholm, black Congressman from New York, who worked for women's and minority rights.
The Personal Is Political: Where Did the...
Which early feminists said that the personal is political and what did they mean by this phrase?
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?
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.
"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.
What Is Radical Feminism?
A definition and description of radical feminism from the perspective of women's history.
Glass Ceiling: An Invisible Barrier to Success
Defining the term glass ceiling, especially in relation to women's history and women's rights.
Zora Neale Hurston Biography: Author of Their...
Biography of Zora Neale Hurston, an author and anthropologist who was part of the Harlem Renaissance and was rediscovered by Alice Walker.
African American Women in Their Own Words: Quotes
Quotes from women in black history: African American women's words on topics from equality to art to success to living life.
Women and World War II
Women and World War II: how women's lives changed during World War II.
Which Descendants of Queen Victoria Inherited...
Hemophilia, a disease which affects clotting of the blood, is inherited via the X chromosome. Queen Victoria passed the gene to some of her descendants. Find out here which descendants were afflicted and which were carriers, as far as we can tell from the evidence.
Sojourner Truth Quotes - Abolition, Women's...
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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.
What Is a Patriarchal Society and How Does It...
Definition of patriarchal society. What do feminists mean when they refer to a patriarchal society?
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 Educator and Activist Mary McLeod...
An extended biography of educator and racial justice activist Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College, with links to quotes from Mary McLeod Bethune.
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?
How Harriet Tubman Worked as Moses, Taking...
Harriet Tubman was not satisfied with her own freedom. She returned to the South many times to free her family members and others, taking them to the North or Canada to freedom. She also spoke for the anti-slavery cause and for women's rights.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About the Famous...
A biography sketch of Toni Morrison, African American woman writer, and winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for Literature.
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.
Did Betsy Ross Really Make the First American...
Betsy Ross biography: She made the first American flag -- or did she? Even if she didn't, her life and accomplishments are interesting. Why did the legend of the flag-making become popular so quickly?
African American Women Dreaming in Color: The...
The women of the Harlem Renaissance -- black women writers, artists, poets, journalists, and others in the early 20th century.
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.
Learn about Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winner...
Alice Walker, novelist and the author of The Color Purple, was the child of sharecroppers. How she achieved her success is a fascinating story, and how she's applied her celebrity is as well.
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.
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.”
Harriet Tubman's Later Life of Activism and...
Harriet Tubman spent nearly a half century after the end of the Civil War in New York, helping indigent elderly African Americans, speaking of her famous exploits, and even speaking for women's rights.
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.
Charlotte Ray (First African American Woman...
A profile of Charlotte Ray, African American woman lawyer -- and what happened to her practice of law in a time of a serious color and sex barrier.
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.
Harriet Tubman: Nurse, Scout and Spy in the...
Harriet Tubman served in the Union Army during the Civil War, organizing a scout and spy network, and even organizing, leading and going on raids herself. But she had to support herself by selling baked goods.
Woman Suffrage Timeline: How Did Events Unfold?
A time line of events in the history of women's suffrage in America.
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.
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.
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.
Abolitionists: Black and White Women Against...
Women abolitionists -- profiles of women abolitionists, including African American abolitionists and white women who worked for abolition.
Male Chauvinist Pig (MCP): Where Does That...
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Wise Words From the First African American...
Quotes by Mae Jemison - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Who Was Hildegard of Bingen?
Hildegard of Bingen biography: a profile of Hildegard of Bingen, medieval visionary writer and composer of music.
From Seneca Falls to the 1920s: an Overview of...
A reminder of the length of the battle for woman suffrage in the US, measured in the lives of the women who led the struggle
Jerrie Cobb: The Astronaut NASA Wouldn't Accept
Jerrie Cobb, a woman pilot, was the first woman to pass NASA astronaut training tests. Why she did not become an astronaut is a story of its time.
Queen Elizabeth I: What Were Some Key...
Elizabeth I ruled England 1558 to 1603, and the Elizabethan Age was named for her.
Dorothy Height
Dorothy Height worked for civil rights, and was head for many years of the NCNW, the National Council of Negro Women.
Harriet Tubman Picture Gallery
Pictures of Harriet Tubman, underground railroad conductor and advocate of human rights.
Sacagawea (or Sacajawea): Guide to the West
The real history of Sacagawea (Sacajawea), guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Shoshone Indian woman now on the U.S. dollar coin is often considered responsible for the success of the explorers in reaching their destination peacefully.
Harriet Tubman Quotes: Her Own Words and What...
Quotes by Harriet Tubman - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Biography: Working Against...
A biography of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, muckraking journalist and anti-lynching crusader who was involved as an activist working for racial justice.
Molly Pitcher, Heroine of the American...
Who was Molly Pitcher? That name is closely associated with Mary Ludwig Hays McCauly from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, who took part in the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey, on June 28, 1778. Read more about her life and exploits, and how she's remembered.
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.
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.
Forty Hacks to Make It Into the History Books
Learn more about Lizzie Borden, accused (and acquitted) murderer of her father and stepmother. Did she really kill them with an axe?
International Woman Suffrage: A Timeline of...
Dates that various countries gave the vote to women.
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.
Temperance Movement and Prohibition Timeline
A chronology of major events in the history of temperance and prohibition.
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.
Boudicca Leads a Rebellion Against the Romans
An excerpt from The Annals by Tacitus, written 109 C.E., detailing the story of the rebellion of Celtic tribes in Britain against the Romans, led by the warrior queen Boudicca.
Women of World War II at Work in Offices and...
One way life changed for many women after World War II was in the workplace. More women went to work, and many worked in jobs previously closed to women.
What You Need to Know About Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony - what you need to know about Susan B. Anthony, women's suffrage foremother.
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.
What Is Feminist Literary Criticism?
Definition of feminist literary criticism and how it challenges male assumptions.
Harriet Tubman Day: March 10
How did March 10 become Harriet Tubman Day? It's the anniversary of her death, and the Congress and President declared March 10 to be Harriet Tubman Day in 1990.
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 Victoria - What You Need to Know
Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to an age.
Coco Chanel Quotes: On Fashion, Women, Life and...
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Important Events in the Life of Princess Diana
A timeline of major events in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Margaret Sanger Quotes - Controversial...
Quotes by Margaret Sanger - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Sybil Ludington
A profile of Sybil Ludington highlighting her heroic 1777 ride to raise militia troops to stop the British advance.
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.
What Happened in African American Women’s...
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 1920-1929.
A History of Women in Aviation
Flying women: timeline of women pilots and other women in the air - chronology of female record holders.
20+ African American Women Writers You Should...
African American women have written their own life experiences as biographers; some have been novelists, poets, journalists, playwrights, essayists, social commentators and feminist theorists. Meet more than 20 such women here.
Fannie Lou Hamer, the Spirit of the Civil...
Fannie Lou Hamer - a biography of the civil rights movement pioneer from Mississippi.
A Timeline of Women's Basketball History 1891...
The history of women's basketball is as old as the history of basketball -- here's a timeline to see the long path of women's achievements in basketball.
Amelia Earhart's Life Year by Year: Birth to...
Amelia Earhart timeline - a chronology of events in the life and career of Amelia Earhart.
First Ladies Picture Gallery
A gallery of pictures of America's first ladies, wives of the presidents.
About Marian Wright Edelman, Founder,...
A biography of Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund and advocate of children's rights and programs that support children.
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.'
Angelina Grimké: Opposing Slavery Led...
Profile of Angelina Grimké, a Southern woman from a slaveholding family who, along with her sister Sarah, became a key abolitionist.
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.
Zenobia - Warrior Queen of Palmyra
Zenobia was queen of Palmyra, in Syria. She conquered Egypt and challenged Rome, though was eventually defeated.
Carrie Nation: Hatchet-Wielding Saloon Smasher
Carrie Nation, who smashed saloons with her signature hatchet, was an iconic figure in the history of prohibition and temperance.
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.
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.
African American History & Women Timeline...
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 1930-1939.
President's Commission on the Status of Women...
A history of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, 1961-1963, and its lasting effects.
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?
Quotes By Congesswoman Shirley Chisholm
Read quotes from first black woman member of Congress Shirley Chisholm, part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
1970s Feminism Timeline
This 1970s feminism timeline describes important women's rights events. Read about feminist history in this 1970s feminism timeline.
Empowering Quotes from Writer and Activist Maya...
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How Did the Female Pharaoh Hatshepsut Actually...
Was she killed by her stepson, her nephew and heir? Or did she die of natural causes? If so, of what? What do we know about Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut's cause of death?
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 Women Were Part of the Harlem Renaissance?
Links to biographies of women who were part of the Harlem Renaissance.
Ain't I a Woman? Sojourner Truth's Inspiring...
A speech given by Sojourner Truth in 1851 to a women's rights convention, and retold in 1881 by Frances Gage
Women and the Military: Serving the War Effort...
Women served in many positions in the military during World War II. Here are some of the ways women served.
Granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Princess Louise, also known as Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife, was the eldest daughter of King Edward VII. She had no surviving male offspring, and any direct-line male offspring of her daughters were counted in the royal succession.
Did Olympe de Gouges Spark Women’s Rights...
Olympe de Gouges, playwright and author of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen.
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?
Key Feminist Theorists, 17th Century to Today
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.
Marian Anderson, Contralto: One of the 20th...
Learn about Marian Anderson, contralto and concert singer of the 20th century, who broke many color barriers with her musical accomplishments and is recognized as one of the best voices of the 20th century.
Quotes from Lorraine Hansberry, Author of...
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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.
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.
Scandalous Second Marriage of Frederick Douglass
When Frederick Douglass, the great black leader of the 19th century, married a much younger white woman, Helen Pitts, for his second wife, their families and much of the public were scandalized. Read about Helen Pitts Douglass and her role in preserving the memory of Frederick Douglass.
Selected Quotes from Black Power Activist and...
Quotes by Angela Davis - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth. Women's History. Page 2.
Maria Stewart - Abolitionist, Public Speaker,...
Maria Stewart: a biography of Maria W. Stewart, pioneer public speaker and abolitionist.
Timeline 1950-1959
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 1950-1959.
Queens, Empresses, Pharaohs: Women Rulers of...
A list of the dozen most powerful women in the ancient (and classical) world. How many of them do you know?
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.
bell hooks
The feminist bell hooks (yes, that's her preferred capitalization) wrote on black feminism, allied with and critical of both the feminist movement and the movement against racism.
Timeline 1980-1989
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 1980-1989.
Women's Reproductive Rights and the Constitution
Find key US federal decisions related to women's reproductive rights: pregnancy, birth control and abortion.
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.
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!

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