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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Does Feminism Include?
What is feminism? Feminism refers to a diverse variety of beliefs, ideas, movements, and agendas for action.
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.
70+ Black Women in American History Worth...
Find biographies about and quotations from some of the most notable black women in American history.
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.
Male Chauvinist Pig (MCP): Where Does That...
A glossary entry for male chauvinist pig.
Margaret Sanger Quotes - Controversial...
Quotes by Margaret Sanger - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Radical Feminism?
A definition and description of radical feminism from the perspective of women's history.
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?
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.
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 a Patriarchal Society and How Does It...
Definition of patriarchal society. What do feminists mean when they refer to a patriarchal society?
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
Zenobia - Warrior Queen of Palmyra
Zenobia was queen of Palmyra, in Syria. She conquered Egypt and challenged Rome, though was eventually defeated.
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.
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 Is Liberal Feminism?
The definition of liberal feminism, with examples and information about its supporters and critics.
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.
How Boudicca Led a Celtic Revolt Against Roman...
Boudicca was a British Celtic warrior queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation.
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?
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?
Glass Ceiling: An Invisible Barrier to Success
Defining the term glass ceiling, especially in relation to women's history and women's rights
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?
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.
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.
What is Transcendentalism?
What is Transcendentalism? A basic guide for the confused. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and others of the American Romantic movement of the 19th century.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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?
Why Is the Fourteenth Amendment So Important...
Here's the text of the Fourteenth Amendment, on the basis of which women's rights were first denied and later accepted. Page 5.
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.
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?
Women and World War II
Women and World War II: how women's lives changed during World War II.
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.
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.
Queen Victoria - What You Need to Know
Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to an age.
Who Was Hildegard of Bingen?
Hildegard of Bingen biography: a profile of Hildegard of Bingen, medieval visionary writer and composer of music.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Writing Focused...
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin: how did she come to write about slavery, becoming one of the best-selling authors of the 19th century?
Princess Diana Wedding Pictures
Photographs from the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles.
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.
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.
Which States Ratified the ERA and When Did They...
From 1972 to 1982, which states ratified the proposed Equal Rights Amendment? When did the pace of ratification slow? What states ratified during the extension period? Which states have rescinded their ratification?
40 Inspiring Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt,...
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
What Is Feminist Literary Criticism?
Definition of feminist literary criticism and how it challenges male assumptions.
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.
The Inspiring Story of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth biography: read about this former slave, abolitionist, preacher and advocate of women's rights.
Did Olympe de Gouges Spark Women’s Rights...
Olympe de Gouges, playwright and author of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen.
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.
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.
A History of Women in Aviation
Flying women: timeline of women pilots and other women in the air - chronology of female record holders.
Cultural Feminism
A definition and description of cultural feminism, in the context of women's history.
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.
Madonna Quotes
Quotes by Madonna - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
International Woman Suffrage: A Timeline of...
Dates that various countries gave the vote to women.
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.
First Woman to Vote Under the 19th Amendment
First woman to vote under the 19th Amendment and woman suffrage in the United States: who and where was she?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
When Did Women Win Their Own Property Rights?
Property rights of married women, under English common law and especially in America.
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.
Best All-Time Quotes from Queen Victoria
Quotes by Queen Victoria - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Queen Elizabeth I: What Were Some Key...
Elizabeth I ruled England 1558 to 1603, and the Elizabethan Age was named for her.
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.
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.
Coverture: Women Losing Their Legal Existence...
A definition of coverture as it applies to the history of women's property rights.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Women's Suffrage Quiz
A few trivia questions on the American women's suffrage movement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten Important Feminist Beliefs
What did feminists believe? These ten important feminist beliefs were key ideas of 1960s and 1970s feminism.
Was Sally Hemings the Mistress of Thomas...
Sally Hemings, a slave, and her relationship with her master, Thomas Jefferson.
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.
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.
First Lady Quiz 1
A quiz on the American first ladies -- see how much 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.
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.
What Is the Feminine Mystique?
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National Organization for Women - NOW
A profile of the National Organization for Women, founded in 1966 to work for women's equality.
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.
1970s Feminism Timeline
This 1970s feminism timeline describes important women's rights events. Read about feminist history in this 1970s feminism timeline.
Marie Antoinette: French Queen Executed in the...
Daughter of the Austrian royal family, Marie Antoinette was Queen of France 1774-1793, deposed and executed by the French Revolution.
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.
Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Dress
The future Queen Elizabeth, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, wore this dress at her wedding in 1923. Page 23.
Victoria and Albert
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their wedding day, February 10, 1840. Page 2.
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.
First Ladies Picture Gallery
A gallery of pictures of America's first ladies, wives of the presidents.
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.
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.
Women of Power in the Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages, men ruled -- except when women did. Here are a few of the women who ruled or wielded influence and power through their husbands, sons, and grandsons.
Women’s Right to Equal Protection of the...
What would it take for women to have equal protection of the law under the U.S. Constitution? Feminists supported women who invoked their right to equal protection of the law.
Identifying the Victims at Charities Pier
Identifying bodies at the morgue, after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Page 9.
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.
What Is the Meaning of Oppression of Women?
Feminists struggle against oppression of women. What is oppression, and what makes a society oppressive?
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.
What Roles Did Women Take for Work in Early...
Before the Industrial Revolution, women worked at home and in many trades. The textile mills hired women and children, because they would work for lower pay than men would.
Abolitionists: Black and White Women Against...
Women abolitionists -- profiles of women abolitionists, including African American abolitionists and white women who worked for abolition.
Sarah Grimké Biography and Facts
Sarah Moore Grimké and her sister Angelina Grimké were two key figures among abolitionists and women's rights advocates, especially before the Civil War.
About Anna Leonowens
Information on Anna Leonowens - known for her story in Anna and the King of Siam and related adaptations.
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.
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.
Do You Know These Facts About Diana, Princess...
Interesting little facts about Diana, Princess of Wales
Princess Kate? Duchess Catherine?
Princess Catherine? Duchess Kate? Princess Kate? What's the correct title for Catherine Middleton who married Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge?
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.
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.
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.
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.'
Quiz: African American History and Women
Quiz: African American History and Women From Jone Johnson Lewis ,Your Guide to Women's History .FREE
Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision - 1973
Roe v Wade text: the complete text of the 1973 Supreme Court Decision on abortion rights, including the preface, conclusions, and concurring and dissenting opinions.
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.
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.
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.
Beatrice Marries Henry of Battenberg
Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, in her wedding dress, 1885. Page 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women Astronauts
Photographs of women astronauts, women who have flown in space.
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.

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