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Women's History: Most Popular Articles

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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 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.
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.
What Is Liberal Feminism?
The definition of liberal feminism, with examples and information about its supporters and critics.
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.
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.
What Is Radical Feminism?
A definition and description of radical feminism from the perspective of women's history.
About Abigail Williams, Key Accuser in the...
Biography of Abigail Williams, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Judy Brady's Legendary Feminist Satire: I Want...
One of the best remembered pieces from the premiere issue of Ms. magazine is “I Want a Wife.”
What Were the Goals of 1960s/1970s Feminism?
What were the goals of the feminist movement? Learn more about the feminists of the 1960s and 1970s and what they wanted to achieve.
What Is a Patriarchal Society and How Does It...
Definition of patriarchal society. What do feminists mean when they refer to a patriarchal society?
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 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.
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 Feminist Literary Criticism?
Definition of feminist literary criticism and how it challenges male assumptions.
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.
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.
70+ Black Women in American History Worth...
Find biographies about and quotations from some of the most notable black women in American history.
"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.
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.
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.
Betty Parris, 9-Year-Old Accuser in the Salem...
Biography of Elizabeth Parris, also called Betty Parris, one of the accusers in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
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.
How Boudicca Led a Celtic Revolt Against Roman...
Boudicca was a British Celtic warrior queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation.
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.
Male Chauvinist Pig (MCP): Where Does That...
A glossary entry for male chauvinist pig.
Who Was Hildegard of Bingen?
Hildegard of Bingen biography: a profile of Hildegard of Bingen, medieval visionary writer and composer of music.
Margaret Sanger Quotes - Controversial...
Quotes by Margaret Sanger - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
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.
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.
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.
Did Olympe de Gouges Spark Women’s Rights...
Olympe de Gouges, playwright and author of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen.
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.
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.
Queen Elizabeth I: What Were Some Key...
Elizabeth I ruled England 1558 to 1603, and the Elizabethan Age was named for her.
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?
Woman Suffrage Timeline: How Did Events Unfold?
A time line of events in the history of women's suffrage in America.
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!
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.
Rebecca Nurse, Respected Salem Village Elder...
Biography of Rebecca Nurse, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
Glass Ceiling: An Invisible Barrier to Success
Defining the term glass ceiling, especially in relation to women's history and women's rights.
Top 11 Women in Mathematics History: Who Were...
Top women in math history: find out more about the key women who managed to break into the male-dominated field of mathematics, when that was still rare.
Women's Reproductive Rights and the Constitution
Find key US federal decisions related to women's reproductive rights: pregnancy, birth control and abortion.
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.
Calamity Jane
A profile of Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary Burke), notable figure from American western history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
Martha Carrier: Executed as a Witch in Salem in...
Biography of Martha Carrier, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
Annie Besant, Heretic
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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.
Zenobia - Warrior Queen of Palmyra
Zenobia was queen of Palmyra, in Syria. She conquered Egypt and challenged Rome, though was eventually defeated.
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.
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.
Sarah Good
Biography of Sarah Good, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Inspiring Story of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth biography: read about this former slave, abolitionist, preacher and advocate of women's rights.
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.
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.
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.
What Is the Meaning of Oppression of Women?
Feminists struggle against oppression of women. What is oppression, and what makes a society oppressive?
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 Ladies Picture Gallery
A gallery of pictures of America's first ladies, wives of the presidents.
International Woman Suffrage: A Timeline of...
Dates that various countries gave the vote to women.
We Hold These Truths: 1848 Seneca Falls...
The text of the 1848 Women's Rights Declaration of Sentiments proclaimed at Seneca Falls, part of an extensive collection of articles about woman suffrage and the women's rights movement in America.
A History of Women in Aviation
Flying women: timeline of women pilots and other women in the air - chronology of female record holders.
Women and World War II
Women and World War II: how women's lives changed during World War II.
Martha Corey (Hanged as a Witch in Salem, 1692)
Biography of Martha Corey, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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 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.'
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?
Bridget Bishop: First Person Executed in the...
Bridget Bishop biography - a profile of Bridget Bishop, accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials.
Cultural Feminism
A definition and description of cultural feminism, in the context of women's history.
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?
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.
1970s Feminism Timeline
This 1970s feminism timeline describes important women's rights events. Read about feminist history in this 1970s feminism timeline.
Isabella of Portugal l (1428 - 1496)
Mother of Isabella I of Spain, Isabella of Portugal was plagued with depression after the birth of her two children.
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.
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.
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.
Sojourner Truth Quotes - Abolition, Women's...
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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.
What Is the Feminine Mystique?
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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.
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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Temperance Movement and Prohibition Timeline
A chronology of major events in the history of temperance and prohibition.
Emmeline Pankhurst: Words from a Women's Rights...
Quotes by Emmeline Pankhurst - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Simone de Beauvoir and Second-Wave Feminism
Was the feminist Simone de Beauvoir indeed part of Women's Liberation? Read what she had to say as she took her place in the movement she inspired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Anna Leonowens: Western Teacher in Siam
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Sonia Sotomayor Biography
Read about Sonia Sotomayor, first Hispanic justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
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.
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.
Abolitionists: Black and White Women Against...
Women abolitionists -- profiles of women abolitionists, including African American abolitionists and white women who worked for abolition.
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.
Backlash and Feminism
Is there a backlash against feminism? Who declares that there is a backlash against feminism and what do they mean by this phrase?
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.
Sybil Ludington
A profile of Sybil Ludington highlighting her heroic 1777 ride to raise militia troops to stop the British advance.
40 Inspiring Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt,...
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Witch Cake or Witch's Cake
Witch Cake or Witch's Cake defined as part of a glossary on the Salem Witch trials of 17th century Massachusetts.
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.
A history of Womanhouse, a 1972 collaborative feminist art installation based in Los Angeles.
Learn about important beliefs of the radical feminist group Redstockings and the Women's Liberation Movement.
Giles Corey - Pressed to Death in the Salem...
Biography of Giles Corey, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
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.
What Were the Ideas of the 1960s/1970s Women's...
What did feminists believe? These ten important feminist beliefs were key ideas of 1960s and 1970s feminism.
Sexual Politics
Description of Sexual Politics by Kate Millett. Read about Kate Millett's revolutionary 1970 work of feminist theory and the response to the controversial Sexual Politics.
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.
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.
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.
12 Empowering Quotes by Rosa Parks, Civil...
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Rev. George Burroughs - Salem Witch Trials Victim
Biography of George Burroughs, figure in the Salem witch trials of 17th century colonial Massachusetts.
What 1970s Feminists Did during the Women&rsquo...
What did 1970s feminists do? A look at some significant actions of the 1970s feminist movement.
Blackstone Commentaries
In the 19th century, American and British women's rights -- or lack of them -- depended heavily on the commentaries of William Blackstone which defined a married woman and man as one person under the law.
Top 10 Women's Suffrage Activists
A few women stand out among those who've worked to win the vote for women. Here are ten of key British and American suffragists.

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