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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Male Chauvinist Pig (MCP): Where Does That...
A glossary entry for male chauvinist pig.
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.
Great Moments in African-American and Women's...
Celebrate the women of black history and their contributions and perspectives. Find biographies, timelines, descriptions of major events and more.
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.
Roe v. Wade Fast Facts: What You Need to Know...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 a Patriarchal Society and How Does It...
Definition of patriarchal society. What do feminists mean when they refer to a patriarchal society?
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 and more information on this site and on the Net.
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.
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.
The Inspiring Story of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth biography: read about this former slave, abolitionist, preacher and advocate of women's rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now We Can Begin
Crystal Eastman, socialist feminist, writes in 1920 about the tasks that remain after the vote was won.
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.
What Is Radical Feminism?
A definition and description of radical feminism from the perspective of women's 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.
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.
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.
Queen Elizabeth I: What Were Some Key...
Elizabeth I ruled England 1558 to 1603, and the Elizabethan Age was named for her.
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.
Glass Ceiling: What Keeps Women From Advancing?
Description of the glass ceiling: what is it? And why can't women shatter it?
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?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
What Is Liberal Feminism?
The definition of liberal feminism, with examples and information about its supporters and critics.
Sybil Ludington
A profile of Sybil Ludington highlighting her heroic 1777 ride to raise militia troops to stop the British advance.
Women and World War II
Women and World War II: how women's lives changed during World War II.
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?
Quiz: African American History and Women
Quiz: African American History and Women From Jone Johnson Lewis ,Your Guide to Women's History .FREE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Personal Is Political: Where Did the...
Which early feminists said that the personal is political and what did they mean by this phrase?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Boudicca Led a Celtic Revolt Against Roman...
Boudicca was a British Celtic warrior queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation.
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 Really Was Salem's Mary Sibley?
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.
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.
12 Empowering Quotes by Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks quotes - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women. Also find a biography and other resources on civil rights heroine Rosa Parks.
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.
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 Feminist Literary Criticism?
Definition of feminist literary criticism and how it challenges male assumptions.
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.
Harriet Tubman Picture Gallery
Pictures of Harriet Tubman, underground railroad conductor and advocate of human rights.
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Presented here in its entirety, with links to relevant related material.
Amelia Earhart's Life Year by Year: Birth to...
Amelia Earhart timeline - a chronology of events in the life and career of Amelia Earhart.
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.
The Beginning? Seneca Falls Women’s...
Seneca Falls 1848 saw the first meeting of women and a few men to call for rights for women. The Seneca Falls meeting is often seen as the kick-off of the women's rights movement -- the first wave of feminism.
Did Olympe de Gouges Spark Women’s Rights...
Olympe de Gouges, playwright and author of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Who Was Hildegard of Bingen?
Hildegard of Bingen biography: a profile of Hildegard of Bingen, medieval visionary writer and composer of music.
International Woman Suffrage: A Timeline of...
Dates that various countries gave the vote to women.
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.
About Abigail Williams, Key Accuser in the...
Biography of Abigail Williams, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Facts About Hatshepsut, Woman Pharaoh (Egyptian...
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.
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?
Mary McLeod Bethune: Basic Facts
A short biographical profile of Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and racial justice advocate. She was born on July 10, 1875. You'll also find quotes by Mary McLeod Bethune and a full biography.
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.
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.
Learn about Catherine the Great, Russia's...
Catherine the Great of Russia: this biography of Catherine the Great highlights important contributions she made to history, with links to more information.
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.
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.
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.
Harriet Tubman in the Civil War
Picture of Harriet Tubman during her Civil War Service, from an 1869 book on Harriet Tubman. Page 2.
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.
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.
Remember the Ladies: About Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams was far more than just a president's wife. She managed the family business while he worked for America's freedom. Her letters advocated women's rights. Her thoughts influenced her husband, John Adams.
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.
Harriet Tubman in Her Later Years
Picture of Harriet Tubman, likely at her Auburn, New York home. Page 4.
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.
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.
First Lady Quiz 1
A quiz on the American first ladies -- see how much you know!
40 Inspiring Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt
Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Harriet Tubman - 1880s
Picture of Harriet Tubman, underground railroad conductor and advocate of human rights, with some of the people she helped to escape from slavery. Page 3.
Harriet Tubman - from a Painting
From a painting of Harriet Tubman by African American artist Robert S. Pious. Page 5.
Women's Suffrage Quiz
A few trivia questions on the American women's suffrage movement.
Woman Suffrage Timeline: How Did Events Unfold?
A time line of events in the history of women's suffrage in America.
Do You Know These Facts About Diana, Princess...
Interesting little facts about Diana, Princess of Wales
First Ladies Picture Gallery
A gallery of pictures of America's first ladies, wives of the presidents.
27 Inspiring Quotes from Susan B. Anthony
Quotations by Susan B. Anthony, one of the best-known workers for women's right to vote in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harriet Tubman Quotes: Her Own Words and What...
Quotes by Harriet Tubman - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Temperance Movement and Prohibition Timeline
A chronology of major events in the history of temperance and prohibition.
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.
Was Sally Hemings the Mistress of Thomas...
Sally Hemings, a slave, and her relationship with her master, Thomas Jefferson.
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?
What Is the Meaning of Oppression of Women?
Feminists struggle against oppression of women. What is oppression, and what makes a society oppressive?
Empowering Quotes from Writer and Activist Maya...
Carefully selected words from Maya Angelou, poet and writer. She's known for her autobiographies as well as her poetry. Read some of her inspiring words here.
Quotes by Women
Quotes by women: an alphabetical index to hundreds of pages of quotes by famous women and some who aren't so famous.
A History of Women in Aviation
Flying women: timeline of women pilots and other women in the air - chronology of female record holders.
Black History Themes: Including Women in Your...
Themes for Black History month or any black history unit: if you're planning to honor black history at your school, library, workplace, club or anywhere else, here are some themes that might inspire you to focus on for this year's celebration.
Harriet Tubman
Picture of Harriet Tubman, underground railroad conductor and advocate of human rights.
Battle Hymn of the Republic - History and First...
First published version of the text of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Did Women Get the Vote - State by State?
Dates that women in the U.S. got the vote - national, state, and local milestones.
Queen Victoria - What You Need to Know
Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to an age.
Angela Davis Quotes
Quotes by Angela Davis - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
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.
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.
Why Maria Agnesi Was Important to Mathematics
Maria Agnesi biography - she wrote the first book on mathematics written by a woman that survives.
Trial and Execution of Mary Surratt - 1865
A picture gallery of images connected with the trial and execution of Mary Surratt, convicted of being a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. She asserted her innocence.
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.
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
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.
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?
Learn About Alice Paul, One of the Key...
Alice Paul biography, with links and picture. Alice Paul was one of the leading figures in the passage of the 19th Amendment for women's suffrage.
Why Was the Fourteenth Amendment So Important...
A history of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, as it has been applied to women's rights.
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