Women's History Sitemap - Page 5 2016-09-26
Patrilineal vs. Matrilineal Succession
What is the difference between patrilineal succession and patriarchy? How might men still control signifcant power in a matrilineal system? What are the implications for women's rights and the future of culture?
Grace Abbott: Advocate for Immigrants and Children
Grace Abbott biography: learn about the life and work of one of the key founders of the field of social work, and pioneer in government administration of social welfare programs as head of the U.S. Childrenâ€™s Bureau.
Social feminism applied the private sphere responsibilities of women (keeping house, cleaning house) to the public sphere and social reform: cleaning up the wider world. Learn more about social feminism, its causes and some of its chief proponents.
Constance of York
Constance of York, granddaughter of kings, and her husband were part of plots in the beginning of the succession controversies among the Plantagenets, between Richard II and Henry IV. She also had an illegitimate daughter in her widowhood.
Jacquetta of Luxembourg
Jacquetta of Luxembourg: accused during her lifetime of witchcraft and resented for her family's power -- what was her life really like? What was her involvement in the marriage of her daughter to the king of England?
Edith Abbott biography: learn about the life and work of one of the key founders of the field of social service research and administration.
Lydia Pinkham | Inventor and Marketer
Lydia Pinkham, a reformer who lived most of her adult life as a traditional wife and mother, became an entrepreneur. Her Vegetable Compound was the most-advertised product of the day, and was targeted to women.
Joan Beaufort, a legitimized daughter of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt (a son of Edward III of England), is an ancestor of today's British royal family.
Katherine Neville, Duchess of Norfolk
Four time married, Katherine Neville's fourth marriage was the most scandalous of all.
What do we really know about Anne Beauchamp, beyond that she was the mother of Anne Neville, Queen of England as wife of Richard III, and also the wife of Richard Neville, known as the Kingmaker for his part in the Wars of the Roses?
Lillian Wald biography: founder of the Visiting Nurses Service and Henry Street Settlement in New York, Lillian Wald was a pioneer in public health nursing and was also active in social reform.
Elizabeth Vigee LeBrun
Elizabeth Vigee LeBrun biography: famous for her portraits of Marie Antoinette and other French notables, as well as her self-portraits, Elizabeth Vigee LeBrun was successful as a painter in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Ellen Gates Starr
Ellen Gates Starr is the often-forgotten co-founder of Hull House, with the more famous Jane Addams. She and Jane Addams had different ideas and were involved in different causes, though they continued to share a commitment to serving the poor and trying to change society to lessen or end poverty.
Six Neville Sisters: Sisters of the Kingmaker
Six Neville sisters -- sisters of Warwick the Kingmaker and cousins of Edward IV and Richard III -- typify the political marriages of the time of the Wars of the Roses. Brother, father, husbands, sons, sons-in-law and others were key commanders and players on both sides of the battles.
Isabella of Castile 1355 - 1392
Isabella of Castile, Duchess of York, was an ancestor of the York kings, and a daughter and daughter-in-law of a king. She married the fifth son of England's Edward III and her sister married Edward's fourth son.
Isabella of Gloucester
Probably married to John of England for her fortune, Isabella, Countess of Gloucester in her own right, was put aside as soon as John became king so he could marry a much younger wife, also named Isabella.
Urraca of Leon and Castile
Urraca of Leon and Castile ruled as a sovereign monarch, highly unusual for any medieval monarch and unique for Spain in the medieval period. Her second marriage was supposed to unite Spain.
Eleanor of Austria: Queen of Portugal and of France
Eleanor of Austria, a daughter of the Habsburg Dynasty, was considered for marriage with many of the rulers of Europe. She ended up marrying first one king then another, before retiring to Spain.
Isabella of Portugal (1503 - 1539)
Isabella of Portugal, descendant of Queen Isabella I of Castile and Aragon, married Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. She served as his regent when he was absent from Spain.
Margaret of Austria
Read more about Margaret of Austria, who was regent of the Netherlands for her nephew, and she also negotiated a major peace treaty between the Habsburg empire and France, putting a halt to the Italian wars.
Chien-Shiung Wu, Pioneer Woman Physicist
Chien-Shiung Wu biography - profile of physicist Chien-Shiung Wu whose theoretical work in physics showed a flaw in a commonly-accepted (until then) theory.
Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France
Elisabeth of Austria, daughter of Maria of Spain and the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, was married to King Charles IX of France. She had a daughter with him but no sons.
Joan of Austria
Joan of Austria left her only child in Portugal to become the regent of Spain for her brother, Philip II.
A biography of Isabel Neville, a marriage pawn in her father's shifting alliances during the Wars of the Roses in medieval England.
Biographies of Famous Women - X and Y and Z
Find biographies of notable women: famous women of history whose names begin with X and Y and Z
Egyptologists posited that royal lineage was matriarchal in ancient Egypt. Does this theory explain why Hatshepsut and other women sometimes ruled in Egypt?
Angela Davis Quotes
Quotes by Angela Davis - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Quotes by Helen Keller on Life, Achievements and Adversity
Quotes by Helen Keller - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Biography
A biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a socialist and feminist who helped organize the ACLU and the Lawrence, Massachusetts, strike.
Dian Fossey, Primatologist - Profile and Biography
A profile of the primatologist and pioneer woman scientist who studied mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, and worked to protect them.
What women have served as state governors in the United States?
DNA Evidence - Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen
A summary of the DNA evidence detailed in the 2007 Discovery documentary, Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen.
Woman's View of Hatshepsut's History - Kara Cooney Interview 7/2007
An interview with Dr. Kara Cooney about the life of Hatshepsut, 18th Dynasty ruler of ancient Egypt who was both woman and pharaoh.
Hatshepsut and Ancient Egypt's Theology of Kingship
Understanding Egypt's theology of kingship may help explain why Hatshepsut became fully king including taking on male appearance.
Why Did Hatshepsut Stay King?
Even if we understand why Hatshepsut became king when her nephew and stepson, Thutmose III, was younger, why didn't she step aside, or why didn't he seize power, when he was old enough to rule?
Hatshepsut Role Models - Women of the Eighteenth Dynasty in Ancient Egypt
Hatshepsut ruled as a pharaoh, but took power initially as a regent for her stepson. She was following in the footsteps of her recent predecessors in becoming a regent.
Mary White Rowlandson
Mary White Rowlandson was captured by Indians in Massachusetts near the end of King Philip's War, and her autobiography became a best-seller.
Myra Bradwell: Pioneer Woman Lawyer, Women's Rights Advocate
Myra Bradwell biography - a profile of pioneer woman lawyer Myra Bradwell of Chicago.
Belva Lockwood Biography
Belva Lockwood was the first woman admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court. She became a lawyer while it was still not permissible in many states or the federal courts for women to be attorneys.
Mary Hamilton - Child Ballad #173 Meets History
Is the Mary Hamilton of the Child ballad a real, historical person? Here is some history of the song and possible connections with real people.
Women's Reproductive Rights and the US Constitution
Find key US federal decisions related to women's reproductive rights: pregnancy, birth control and abortion.
Clara Barton: Nurse, American Red Cross Founder
Clara Barton biography: profile of Clara Barton, including her famed Civil War service organizing nursing services and supplies, and her work to found the American Red Cross.
Clara Barton Quotes
Quotes by Clara Barton, nursing pioneer and American Red Cross founder. From an extensive collection of quotes by notable women.
Anne Hutchinson, Early American Religious Dissident
Anne Hutchinson challenged church authority and was banished from Massachusetts, in the colonial period of American history.
Anne Hutchinson Quotes
Quotes by Anne Hutchinson - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Althea Gibson - Biography of Tennis Pioneer
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 - Althea Gibson.
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.
Lil Hardin Armstrong
Biography of Lil Hardin Armstrong, jazz pianist, married for a time to Louis Armstrong whose career she promoted. She played with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, among others, and plays on Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Hot Sevens recordings, among others.
Althea Gibson Quotes
Quotes by Althea Gibson - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator, Activist, Official
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.
A biography of writer Gertrude Stein, whose influence on twentieth century writing is far greater than the success of her own writing.
Biography of Joan Baez - Folksinger and Activist
Joan Baez, folk musician and activist, came to prominence in the 1960s folk music revival and the peace and civil rights movements of that decade. Learn more from her biography, with a book list and discography.
Joan Baez Quotes
Quotes by Joan Baez, who was part of the 1960s folk music revival. She's also known for her activism for peace and human rights.
Mary White Ovington Biography
Mary White Ovington is known for her part in the beginning of the NAACP and her leadership in its early years along side W.E.B. Du Bois. Learn more about her life and work.
Queen Isabella - Biographies of Famous Women
Which Queen Isabella are you looking for? Here is information on nine queens named Isabella, including the most famous, Isabella I of Spain known as Isabella of Castille and Aragon.
Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes
Quotes by Mary McLeod Bethune, African American educator who was also an activist and government official.
Gertrude Stein Quotes
Quotes by Gertrude Stein, expatriot American writer who was as famous for her lifestyle and the people who surrounded her as for her own writing.
Elizabeth Key - She Won Her Freedom in Virginia in 1656
Elizabeth Key won her freedom in a case in 1656, as the daughter of a black slave and a free English settler in Virginia. But soon the laws were changed to make such an outcome impossible in the future.
Mary Moody Emerson
How did Mary Moody Emerson's influence shape the Transcendentalism of her nephew, Ralph Waldo Emerson?
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.
Sacagawea - Guide to the West
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Picking Sacagawea for the $1 Coin
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Free Love and Women's History: 19th Century and Later
The term Free Love was used for a variety of ideas in the 19th and 20th century about the morality and ethics of sexuality and marriage. Free Love was often a name given by a movement's enemies, and sometimes embraced by the movement itself. The ideas of sexuality and freedom have roots far earlier than the 19th century.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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?
Rosalynn Carter: First Lady
A profile of Rosalynn Carter, First Lady who focused her efforts on humanitarian work such as mental health reform.
Martha Jefferson Profile
A profile of the life of Martha Eppes Skayles Jefferson, wife of third American president, Thomas Jefferson, and half-sister to Jefferson's later mistress, Sally Hemings.
Martha Washington - America's First First Lady
A biography of Martha Washington, the first First Lady of the United States. Learn more about her and other important women in history.
A biography of Tallulah Bankhead, flamboyant and award-winning actress.
Eliza Palmer Peabody
The story of Eliza Palmer Peabody, mother to the more famous Peabody sisters of Salem, Massachusetts.
Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
Sophia Peabody Hawthorne biography - a profile of the wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne, herself an artist and writer, and one of the famous Peabody sisters.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Biography: Working Against Racism
A biography of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, muckraking journalist and anti-lynching crusader who was involved as an activist working for racial justice.
Dolores Huerta - Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers
Dolores Huerta was a key leader and founder of the United Farm Workers, and headed up their famous grape boycott effort, an attempt to use nonviolent action to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation to protect the organizing and occupational health rights of farm workers.
Shirley Graham Du Bois
Shirley Graham Du Bois was a writer, musician, playwright and activist. She married the civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois.
Hallie Quinn Brown
Hallie Quinn Brown biography - the life and importance of Hallie Quinn Brown, black civil rights leader, educator, and speaker.
Daisy Bates Biography: Civil Rights Activist
Daisy Bates, a newspaper publisher with her husband, was a key figure in integrating Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Angela Davis Biography - Women's History
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.
Old Elizabeth - A Profile
Profile of Old Elizabeth, early African Methodist Episcopal preacher, emancipated slave, and African American woman writer.
Louisa May Alcott - Author of Little Women
A profile of Louisa May Alcott, 19th century writer whose most famous book is Little Women.
Artemisia - Queen of Halicarnassus - What We Know
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.
About Semiramis (also spelled Sammu-Ramat)
Information on Semiramis (Sammu-Ramat or Shammuramat) -- what parts of her story are historical and which are legends? Who wrote about her life and how long after her death did the story begin to be written?
A profile of Cleopatra Thea, less well known than her later namesake, a queen of Syria who exercised power after her husband died and before her son succeeded to power. A number of queens in antiquity bore the name Cleopatra.
Olympias - Mother of Alexander the Great
Olympias, infamous mother of Alexander the Great, ruled as regent for her grandson while trying to defeat a rival claimant to rule Macedonia.
About Bona Dea the Good Goddess
Bona Dea was a Roman goddess only for women, whose main temple festival was held on May 1.
A profile of Augusta Savage, African American sculptor and teacher.
Profile of Jane Austen, one of the most important English-language writers of the 19th century. Her novels bring to life a culture and life style of her place and time.
Sally Ride - First American Woman in Space
Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. An astrophysicist, she was also part of investigating the Challenger explosion.
Biography of Bess Truman, First Lady from 1945 to 1953, married to Harry S Truman.
Gwendolyn Brooks - Poet, Pulitzer Winner
A profile of Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, whose poems dealt with themes of everyday African American life.
Madam C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Madam C. J. Walker biography - profile of Madam C. J. Walker, African American inventor and business executive whose hair care products were directed at black women.
The Legend of Lucretia (Roman Woman)
Lucretia biography - profile of legendary Roman matron Lucretia whose rape is said to have triggered the Roman revolution.
Mary Parker Follett, Management Pioneer and Theorist
A look at the life and work of this early 20th century original thinker and author on industrial management theory.
Maggie Lena Walker: Bank President, Activist
Profile of Maggie Lena Walker, first woman bank president,and African American business woman of Richmond, Virginia.
Janet Reno - First Woman Attorney General of the U.S.
Janet Reno biography - biography of Janet Reno, first female Attorney General of the United States, and center of controversy.
Rachel Carson Biography: Environmentalist Author
A biography of Rachel Carson, environmentalist writer whose book Silent Spring helped spark the environmentalist movement in the late 20th century.
Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great of Russia: this biography of Catherine the Great highlights important contributions she made to history, with links to more information.
Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Leader: A Biography
Fannie Lou Hamer - a biography of the civil rights movement pioneer from Mississippi.
Dorothy Height - Civil Rights, Women's Movement Leader
Dorothy Height worked for civil rights, and was head for many years of the NCNW, the National Council of Negro Women.
Female Spies for the Union
Pauline Cushman, Sarah Emma Edmonds, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Van Lew, Mary Edwards Walker, Mary Elizabeth Bowser and more: here are some of the many women who spied during the American Civil War, helping the cause of the Union and the North with their information.
Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer Quotes
Quotes by Fannie Lou Hamer - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Women Who Have Served in the Cabinet - Alphabetical Order
An alphabetical list of the women who represent about 5% of the total of members of the cabinet, official advisors to the United States president. How many of these women do you know?
Jeannette Rankin: First Woman Elected to Congress
An in-depth biography of Jeannette Rankin, the feminist and pacifist who became the first woman elected to Congress.
Who Was the First Woman Speaker of the House?
Who was the first woman elected as Speaker of the House of the United States Congress? A woman from a politically-connected family, she was known for her ability to support and elect other candidates, as well as her hard work for legislation within Congress.
Barbara Jordan - Biography and Career Profile
A biography of Barbara Jordan, lawyer and politician who served in the Texas legislator and US House of Representatives before teaching government at the University of Texas.
Bonnie Parker: Half of the Infamous Bank Robbing Team
Bonnie Parker biography - profile of Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame, bank robber during the Great Depression.
Lizzie Borden - Was She a Murderer?
Learn more about Lizzie Borden, accused (and acquitted) murderer of her father and stepmother. Did she really kill them with an axe?
A delicate Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova's classical style won acclaim worldwide.
Isadora Duncan: About the Dancer and Dance Teacher
Isadora Duncan brought modern dance to the world, living (and dying) with personal tragedy.
Maria Tallchief, a Native American ballet dancer, achieved a number of firsts as an American ballerina.
Princess Diana's Death
Princess Diana's death in 1997 was mourned worldwide. Why the outpouring of grief and the attention to her funeral?
Emily Davies, Advocate of Higher Education for Women
A profile of Emily Davies, British suffrage worker and educator. She was key in opening up secondary and higher education to women at Cambridge and in the United Kingdom generally.
Princess Diana's Funeral
The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, was viewed by half the people on earth. Here are some of the details of the event.
Princess Diana's Wedding
The wedding of Diana Spencer -- who became known as Princess Diana -- to Prince Charles was a spectacular fairy-tale affair, seen worldwide via television.
Amelia Earhart: Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart biography, including facts about Amelia Earhart's life and links to more information. Her disappearance on July 2, 1937, remains a mystery.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Profile of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, popular saint in medieval Christianity.
Biography & Facts About Edmonia Lewis (Sculptor)
A profile of Edmonia Lewis, African American and Native American female sculptor, whose work became popular again in the late 20th century.
Timeline for the Empress Matilda (also known as Maud)
Timeline for the life of the Empress Matilda (also known as Maud): part one covers 1101 to 1147.
Helena Rubinstein founded and ran a worldwide cosmetics empire. Find out more about her life and career in this biography.
A history -- or story -- of the woman named Anne Bonny, sentenced as a pirate.
Diane von Furstenburg: Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and business executive, is known for her iconic wrap dress, famous in the 1970s and returning in the 1990s.
Tara Lipinski: Figure Skating Olympic Champion Profile
A profie of Tara Lipinski, women figure skating champion.
Mary Daly - Controversial Feminist Thealogian
Mary Daly biography - a profile of the feminist thealogian know for such books as Beyond God the Father, Gyn/Ecology and others, and for her exclusion of men from her college classes.
Peggy Fleming - Biography of Figure Skating Champion
Peggy Fleming biography - a profile of Peggy Fleming, 1968 figure skating Olympic gold medalist.
Tenley Albright became an Olympic gold figure skater, despite contracting polio as a child.
A profile of Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman nominated as a vice presidential candidate by a major American party.
Mother Shipton and the Prophecies of Mother Shipton
Mother Shipton was a legendary witch and prophet of Yorkshire, England. Learn more about the development of her legend and the impact of one of her prophecies that was believed by some people in Britain.
Cordelia - Daughter of King Lear
A description of the character Cordelia, whose role in King Lear reflects gender roles of the era.
Themis - Goddess of Justice
Who was the goddess Themis? Here are the basics.
Biography of A'Lelia Walker, daughter of Madam C. J. Walker, and figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
Ariel Williams Holloway - Harlem Renaissance Woman
Ariel Williams Holloway was a figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Georgia Douglas Johnson
A profile of Georgia Douglas Johnson, African American woman writer and Harlem Renaissance figure.
Profile of Marita Bonner, Harlem Renaissance woman writer.
Regina Anderson: Librarian, Harlem Renaissance Figure
A profile of Regina Anderson, playwright and librarian who was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Harriet Tubman Facts
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.
Profile of Michelle Bachelet, first woman president of Chile. She was elected in 2006 and then again in 2014.
Mirabai - Biography of Bhakti Saint and Poet
A biography of Mirabai, Bhakti saint and poet who is famous both for her hundreds of devotional songs to Krishna, and for her breaking of traditional role boundaries.
Zora Neale Hurston
Biography of Zora Neale Hurston, an author and anthropologist who was part of the Harlem Renaissance and was rediscovered by Alice Walker.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - Life of a Great Female Athlete
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.
Jane Goodall profile, including information on her work and life, and a list of books by and about Jane Goodall.
Erma Bombeck biography - a profile of Erma Bombeck, humor columnist.
Judith Sargent Murray
A profile of Judith Sargent Murray, early American essayist, whose religious and political writing as well as personal letters help us understand that period of history. She also wrote one of the earliest feminist essays in America.
M. Carey Thomas
M. Carey Thomas was a pioneer in women's education. Did you know that she proposed herself as president of Bryn Mawr, right after graduating from college in Europe?
Anna Comnena (Komnene): First Woman to Write a History
Anna Comnena, a daughter of a Byzantine emperor, was the first woman to write a history. She was also involved in history, attempting to substitute her husband for her brother in the succession.
Hrotsvitha - from a 1911 Encyclopedia
Biography of medieval religious writer Hrosvitha, a German nun, from a 1911 encyclopedia.
Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim
First known woman dramatist, Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim also wrote poems and chronicles.
Alessandra Giliani was an early female scientist, known for her work tracing blood vessels.
Irene of Athens
Byzantine Empress Irene ruled in her own right after having her son deposed and blinded, and the Pope used the occasion of her rule to recognize Charlemagne as Emperor of the Romans.
Saint Matilda of Saxony
A profile of Saint Matilda of Saxony, a tenth century German saint.
Mary of Burgundy
Biography of Mary of Burgundy, whose marriage brought Burgundy into the Habsburg empire. Two of her children, Philip and Margaret, were powerful rulers in their time; her son's marriage to Juana of Castile and Aragon also brought Spain into the Habsburg circle. Her fall from a horse cut her own life short.
Anne of Brittany
Anne of Brittany was the wealthiest European woman of her time, and married two different French kings.
Margery Kempe - Medieval Mystic and Autobiographer
Margery Kempe biography - a profile of medieval mystic and author Margery Kempe of England, who wrote an autobiography.
Louise of Savoy
A biography of Louise of Savoy, influential French royal who was the mother of a king of France, and served as regent for her son.
Saint Clare of Assisi, Founder of Poor Clares
A biography of Saint Clare who founded the Poor Clares, a Franciscan order for women, in the 13th century.
Princess Olga of Kiev (Also Known as Saint Olga)
A biography of Princess Olga of Kiev, credited with being a founder of Russian Christianity.
A profile of Saint Rosalie, patron of Palermo and fishermen.
Amina, African Warrior Queen of Zazzua
A profile of Amina, Queen of Zazzua, who extended the territory of her people as a warrior queen. She ruled in the 15th or 16th century, and while stories about her could be legends, scholars believe she was an actual person who ruled in what is now the Zaria province of Nigeria.
Mary of Guise - Medieval Power Player
A biography of Mary of Guise, part of the powerful Guise family of France, wife of James V of Scotland, and mother of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Anna Nzinga 1581-1663 (African Warrior Queen)
Anna Nzinga, warrior queen in what is today Angola, led a resistance campaign against the Portuguese and against slave trading. Learn more about her life and how she came to rule her people.
Mother Jones - Labor Organizer and Agitator
A biography of Mother Jones. Women's History.
Murasaki Shikibu is credited with writing the first novel in the world, based on her years as an attendant in the Japanese imperial court.
Isabella of Portugal (1428 - 1496)
Mother of Isabella I of Spain, Isabella of Portugal was plagued with depression after the birth of her two children.
Radegund: Pietistic Queen of the Franks
Medieval queen Radegund was war spoils first for her uncle and then her future husband. She maintained her piety through her marriage, and after leaving her husband, founded a convent that still exists.
A biography of Clotilde, considered a saint in the Roman Catholic church by the French, credited with bringing her husband, the first king to unify the Franks, to the Catholic fold.
Anna Magdalena Bach
A profile of Anna Magdalena Bach, wife of Johann Sebastian Bach and likely his musical collaborator as well.
National Council of Negro Women - NCNW
Since its founding in 1935, the National Council of Negro Women worked for civil rights, economic rights, self-help opportunities, and a stronger black family.
Biography of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti
Nefertiti biography: what is known about Nefertiti, Egyptian queen, the chief wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten? Read more here.
Mary Lou Retton Biography - Women's History
Mary Lou Retton biography - winner of the 1984 all-around women's gymnastics event at the 1984 Olympics.
Tracy Caulkins, American Olympic Swimmer
Tracy Caulkins, Olympic medalist, began swimming in Nashville when she was eight, and won three gold medals in the 1984 Olympics.
Oprah Winfrey - Talk Show Host and Producer
A biographical sketch of Oprah Winfrey, billionaire talk show host, producer, and philanthropist.
Alice Paul Biography: Key Activist in Winning Women's Vote
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.
Emily Greene Balch
Emily Balch, an economics and sociology professor at Wellesley College, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 after years of peace activism.
A profile of photographer Berenice Abbott, famous for photographs of New York, portraits of notable artists including James Joyce and promoting the work of French photographer Eugene Atget.
Amy Beach (Mrs. H. H. A. Beach)
Amy Beach, rediscovered as an early woman composer, achieved considerable success unusual for either an American or female composer, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Queen Christina of Sweden
A profile of Queen Christina of Sweden, with links to more resources.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Sister of suffrage activist Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first woman physician in Great Britain. She overcame much opposition to win her license.
Trota or Trotula
Profile of Trotula or Trota, a medieval woman physician whose texts on gynecology and obstetrics were widely used for several hundred years in Europe.
Virginia Apgar biography: profile of a woman physician who pioneered in newborn health.
Pocahontas - Mataoka and the Virginia Colonists
Who was the real Pocahontas? Did she really save the Virginia colonists? Did she save Captain John Smith? Who did she marry? When and how did she die?
Profile of Elizabeth Fry, reformer of women's prisons, mental asylums, and founder of soup kitchens and homes for the homeless.
Henriette Delille: New Orleans Religious Order Founder
A biography of Henriette Delille, founder of an African American religious order in New Orleans in the 19th century. Learn about her life and her road towards sainthood.
Empress Carlota of Mexico
A biographical profile of Empress Carlota of Mexico, who was part of the French attempt to rule Mexico and who suffered from severe mental illness after her husband's failure as Emperor.
Daughter of the Austrian royal family, Marie Antoinette was Queen of France 1774-1793, deposed and executed by the French Revolution.
Mary II of Great Britain
A biographical sketch of Mary II of Great Britain, Queen of England who was placed on the throne as a result of the Glorious Revolution displacing her father, James II.
Brigantine Queen Cartimandua
Queen of the Brigantes, Cartimandua signed a peace treaty with the invading Romans, and ruled as a client of Rome. Then she dumped her husband, and even Rome couldn't keep her in power -- and they ultimately took direct control, so her ex didn't win, either.
Margaret Sanger Biography - Birth Control Advocate
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.
Rosalind Franklin: Discovered DNA Structure
Rosalind Franklin was part of the discovery of the structure of DNA, though she died early and did not share in the Nobel Prize for that discovery.
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
About Elena Cornaro Piscopia, mathematician and the first woman to earn a doctorate.
Sophie Germain - Pioneer Woman in Mathematics
Sophie Germain biography - profile of a pioneer in math, mathematical physics, and number theory.
Marjorie Lee Browne
Marjorie Lee Browne was one of the first black women to receive a doctorate in mathematics
Hattie Caraway: First Woman Elected to the US Senate
Hattie Caraway biography. She surprised everyone by turning her appointment to the Senate into a platform to run for election, becoming the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
A profile of Olympic champion skater Jayne Torvill, including a summary of her Olympic wins and her professional career after the Olympics.
St. Helena, Mother of Emperor Constantine I
A profile of St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine I, and credited with finding many holy relics of Christianity.
Lucy Parsons | Lucy Gonzalez Parsons
A profile of Lucy Parsons, anarchist and socialists who helped found the IWW.
A biography of Barbara Bodichon, artist and women's rights activist.
Emmeline Pankhurst Biography: Militant Suffrage Activist
A biography of Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffrage leader.
Millicent Garret Fawcett: British Suffrage Activist
A biography of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, British women's suffrage activist, known for her constitutional approach -- more peaceful and rational than the confrontational style of the Pankhursts.
Ida Tarbell Biography
A biography of Ida Tarbell, muckraking journalist who exposed the workings of the Standard Oil Company. She also wrote biographies of Abraham Lincoln, among her many other writings.
Frances Willard: Temperance Leader and Educator
A biography of Frances Willard, long-time president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and an advocate of women's rights and woman suffrage.
Wangari Maathai (Environmentalist, Nobel Prize Winner)
Learn about Wangari Maathai of the Green Belt movement, an environmentalist activist who became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
Molly Brown: Margaret Tobin Brown, Titanic Survivor
A biography of Titanic survivor, Margaret Tobin Brown, known as Molly Brown. She was the subject of the play and movie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Florence Kelley: Labor and Consumer Advocate
Florence Kelley profile: social worker, lawyer, social reform advocate, and head of the National Consumers League.
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is known as the daughter of President Kennedy -- what is her contribution in her own right? Learn more here.
Joan Benoit - Marathon Runner
Profile of Joan Benoit, marathon runner who won the Olympics in 1984, qualifying only weeks after undergoing knee surgery.
Mercy Otis Warren: America Revolution Writer
Mercy Otis Warren, political propagandist for the American in the Revolutionary War, also wrote a history of the American Revolution.
Biography of Elizabeth of York, Queen of England
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.
Women in Shakespeare's Richard III
A description of the women characters in Shakespeare's Richard III, including how their actual stories differ from Shakespeare's depiction.
Anne Neville, Richard III's Queen - Biography
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.
Eleanor of Aquitaine Biography: Queen of England, France
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.
About Chilean Writer Isabel Allende
Biography and list of Net and print resources about and by Isabel Allende, Chile-born writer and educator who has worked and lived in the United States.
Lillian Hellman: Controversial Playwright and Novelist
A biography of Lillian Hellman, woman writer and playwright whose plays often included anti-fascist themes.
Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn was a 20th century woman poet from Vermont whose poems often highlighted social injustices.
Sarojini Naidu: Poet and Politician of India
About Sarojini Naidu, Indian poet and political activist, a key part of Gandhi's independence movement.
Marguerite of Navarre
A biography of Marguerite of Navarre, Renaissance woman writer.
A profile of Mary McDowell, including details about her life and work.
Ernestine Rose: Jewish Feminist and Abolitionist
Ernestine Rose biography - a profile of Ernestine Rose, women's rights pioneer and abolitionist, sometimes known as the first Jewish feminist.
Adela of Louvain
Adela of Louvain biography - a profile of Adela of Louvain, second wife of Henry I of England
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.
Saint Margaret of Scotland
A biographical profile of Margaret of Scotland, Saint Margaret, patroness of Scotland.
Bridget Bishop: First Salem Witch Execution, 1692
Bridget Bishop biography - a profile of Bridget Bishop, accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials.
Lydia Dustin - Accused in Salem Witch Trials
Lydia Dustin biography - a profile of Lydia Dustin, who died in prison afer being accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials.
Anne Boleyn Biography, Facts, and Background
Biography and fact sheet about Anne Boleyn, second queen consort of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, with pictures and a bibliography.
Winter Holiday Quotes by Notable Women
Christmas quotes, Hanukkah quotes, and other winter holiday quotes from notable women.
Anne Hastings, Countess of Shrewsbury
The real Anne Hastings, married to her distant cousin George Talbot, was the daughter of Edward IV's friend beheaded by Richard III. She and her husband served Tudor rulers, and she was a lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon.
Harriet Quimby - First Woman Licensed Pilot in the US
A biography of Harriet Quimby, the first woman licensed as a pilot in the United States, and an independent woman whose career choices were unusual for the time.
Jerrie Cobb: First Woman to Pass NASA Astronaut Testing
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.
Aimee Semple McPherson - Pentecostal Evangelist
Information on Aimee Semple McPherson, a pioneer in Pentecostal religion and center of a kidnapping scandal. A biography and carefully selected Net links for more information.
Jeanne d'Albret - Jeanne of Navarre - Huguenot Leader
A biography of Jeanne d'Albret, also known as Jeanne of Navarre, cousin of the French king and ruler of Navarre, was a Huguenot (Protestant) leader and religious reformer in the 16th century.
Mary Baker Eddy
Biography of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science.
Willie Barrow - Rev. Willie B. Barrow
Willie B. Barrow biography - about Willie Barrow, woman minister, civil rights activist, and Operation PUSH leader.
Anne of Cleves
Profile of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of England's King Henry VIII.
Profile of Catherine Parr - Sixth Wife of Henry VIII
A profile of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII of England.
A biography of Margaret Tudor, queen of James IV of Scotland, grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her husband, Lord Darnley.
Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
A biographical profile of Margaret Douglas, grandmother of James VI of Scotland who became James I of England, and granddaughter of Tudor King Henry VII.
Elisabetta Sirani biography - a profile of Elisabetta Sirani, well-known Renaissance painter and art teacher.
Mary Baker Eddy Quotes: Founder of Christian Science
Quotes by Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science. She had a lot to say about religion and life. Read some of what she said here.
Julia Ward Howe - Writing the Battle Hymn of the Republic
The story of Julia Ward Howe writing the words to Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Julia Ward Howe - Abolition and the Civil War - Beyond the Battle Hymn of the Republic
Julia Ward Howe emerges as an activist and writer, and becomes involved with the Sanitary Commission as the US Civil War begins.
Julia Ward Howe - The Early Years - Childhood and Marriage
The early years of Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Fredrika Bremer biography: a biographical sketch of Fredrika Bremer, Swedish novelist and feminist.
A biography of George Sand, French writer with a notorious love life.
Wilma Mankiller: Cherokee Chief, Activist, Feminist
Wilma Mankiller biography - profile of Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, the second largest Native American tribe at the time.
Frida Kahlo and Her Art: Facts and Biography
Frida Kahlo biography - a profile of Frida Kahlo, Mexican surrealist and folk art painter.
Selected Quotations by Amelia Earhart
Quotes by Amelia Earhart - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Ann Richards Quotes
Quotes by Ann Richards, Democratic politician and governor of the state of Texas. She had a lot of wise and acerbic words to say about politics, life, government, women and more.
Anna Pavlova Quotes
Quotes by Anna Pavlova - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Aung San Suu Kyi Quotes
Quotes by Aung San Suu Kyi - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Beatrix Potter Quotes
Quotes by Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit's originator. She was an illustrator as well as a writer. Here, she muses about life, writing and religion. Included also: a few of the best-known lines from her most famous book.
bell hooks Quotes
Quotes by bell hooks, African American writer and activist who focuses on racism and sexism.
Julia Lathrop Quotes: Progressive Reformer
Quotes from Julia Lathrop, Progressive era reformer who advocated for children's rights.
Charlotte Brontë Quotes
Quotes from writer Charlotte Brontë, 19th century writer who is best known for her novel Jane Eyre. About writing and life, plus quotes from her writings.
Harriet Martineau Quotes: 19th Century British Writer
Quotes from 19th century writer Harriet Martineau, known for her travel writing, her opposition to slavery, her advocacy for women's equality, for being an early sociologist and for her unorthodox views on religion and other topics.
Alice Hamilton Quotes: Pioneer in Workplace Health and Safety
Quotations from Alice Hamilton, first woman on the faculty of Harvard, and expert on industrial health and safety.
Emily Brontë Quotes
Quotes from writer Emily Brontë, 19th century writer who is best known for her novel Wuthering Heights.
Betty Friedan Quotes
Quotes by Betty Friedan - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Billie Holiday Quotes
Quotes by Billie Holiday, 20th century African American jazz singer whose personal life was troubled and chaotic.
Christabel Pankhurst Quotes
Quotes by Christabel Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and sister of Sylvia Pankhurst, leading British feminists in the struggle to win the vote for women.
Camille Paglia Quotes
Quotes by Camille Paglia - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Quotes by Colette - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Corazon Aquino Quotes
Quotes by Corazon Aquino, collected by Jone Johnson Lewis, Women's History Expert for About.com - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Simone de Beauvoir Quotes
Selected quotes by Simone de Beauvoir, feminist foremother. Find some of her best quotations from her writing and speeches here.
Dorothea Dix Quotes
Quotes by Dorothea Dix - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Dorothy Height Quotes
Quotes by Dorothy Height, longtimeâ€‹ president of the National Council of Negro Women, and a civil rights activist of the 20th century.
Quotes By Writer and Critic Dorothy Parker
When asked whether she was Dorothy Parker, she replied,
Dorothy Thompson Quotes
Quotes by Dorothy Thompson, journalist who documented the woman suffrage movement, the Russian Revolution and World War II, especially the rise of fascism and Hitler.
Frederick Douglass Quotes on Women's Rights
Quotes by Frederick Douglass about women's rights. Frederick Douglass, a noted writer of the 19th century who escaped from enslavement and published his autobiography, was an abolitionist, but also advocated for rights for women.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Quotes
Quotes by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Mary Parker Follett Quotes
Quotes by Mary Parker Follett - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
George Sand Quotes: From the French Novelist
Quotes by George Sand, infamous French author known for her love affairs as well as her novels.
Georgia O'Keeffe Quotes
Quotes by Georgia O'Keeffe, artist whose art often manages to look both naturalistic and abstract.â€‹
Geraldine Ferraro Quotes
Quotes by Geraldine Ferraro - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Golda Meir Quotes
Quotes by Golda Meir, one of the earliest of the women to head governments in the 20th century.
Raisa Gorbachev Quotes
Quotes by Raisa Gorbachev - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Grace Hopper Quotes
Grace Hopper, a computer pioneer, also had strong opinions on people, computers, information systems and leadership. Find some of her best quotes here.
Gwendolyn Brooks Quotes
Quotes by Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning African American woman poet.
Lorraine Hansberry Quotes
Quotes by Lorraine Hansberry. playwright who wrote
Harriet Beecher Stowe Quotes
Quotes by Harriet Beecher Stowe - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Ida Tarbell Quotes: From the Muckraking Journalist
Quotes by Ida Tarbell, muckraking journalist whose writing helped break up the Standard Oil Company.
Indira Gandhi Quotes
Quotes by Indira Gandhi - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Isabel Allende Quotes
Quotes by Isabel Allende - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Isadora Duncan Quotes
Quotes by Isadora Duncan, a pioneer of dance who had a lot to say about art, relationships, life and more.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Quotes
Quotes by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Jane Addams Quotes
Quotes by Jane Addams - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Jane Goodall Quotes: About Chimps, Human Responsibility
Quotes by Jane Goodall, primatologist whose work with chimpanzees has helped to foster environmentalism and an empathic understanding of our relatives in the natural world.
Julia Ward Howe Quotes
Quotes by Julia Ward Howe - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Julian of Norwich Quotes: From the English Mystic
Quotes by Julian of Norwich, medieval English anchoress and mystic who is today considered a theologian for her writings about the nature of God and Christianity.
Leontyne Price Quotes
Quotes by Leontyne Price, popular soprano with the New York Met for many years.
Lucille Ball Quotes
Quotes by Lucille Ball, actress and comedienne who was also a consummate business executive in Hollywood. She had a lot to say about acting, comedy and life.
Lucretia Mott Quotes
Quotes by Lucretia Mott, Quaker abolitionist and women's rights advocate - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Lucy Parsons Quotes
Quotes from Lucy Parsons, anarchist and activist, whose husband was among those executed for the so-called Haymarket Riots in 1886.
Madame de Stael Quotes
Quotes by Madame de Stael - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Selected Quotes From Entertainer Madonna
Quotes by Madonna - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Mae Jemison, First Black Woman Astronaut - Quotations
Quotes by Mae Jemison - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Margaret Fuller Quotes
Quotes by Margaret Fuller - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Marian Anderson Quotes: Singer
Quotes by Marian Anderson, contralto and concert singer who fought against racial prejudice. Part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Mary Cassatt Quotes
Quotes by Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist painter whose paintings especially of mothers with children were treasured both in Europe and in America.
Mary Daly Quotes
Quotes by Mary Daly - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Molly Ivins - Political Humor Quotes
Quotes by Molly Ivins - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Maria Montessori Quotes
Quotations from Maria Montessori, early childhood educator whose methods are still commonly in use.
Mother Teresa Quotes
Find quotes by Mother Teresa about faith (and doubt), service, love and more.
Margaret Thatcher Quotes (1925 - 2013)
Quotes by Margaret Thatcher, long-serving and controversial British prime minister.
Nancy Astor Quotes
Quotes by Nancy Astor, first woman seated in the British Parliament. She was known for her wit.
Nancy Pelosi Quotes
Quotes by Nancy Pelosi, first woman Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Find quotes on politics, love and life from this famous woman politician.
Ntozake Shange Quotes
Quotes by Ntozake Shange - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Princess Diana Quotes
Quotes by Diana, Princess of Wales, divorced wife of Prince Charles of the United Kingdom. She had a lot to say about family, life, self-confidence and more.
Anais Nin Quotes
Quotes by writer Anais Nin, best known for her 10 volumes of journals.
Denise Levertov Quotes
Quotes by Denise Levertov - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Susan Faludi Quotes
Quotes by Susan Faludi - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Queen Christina of Sweden Quotes
Quotes by Queen Christina of Sweden - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Queen Victoria Quotes
Quotes by Queen Victoria - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Robin Morgan Quotes
Quotes by Robin Morgan, feminist writer and poet who had been a child actress and became an editor of Ms. Magazine.
Rosa Parks Quotes: Words from a Civil Rights Legend
Rosa Parks quotes: familiar and not-so-familiar quotes from Rosa Parks, key figure in the civil rights movement. Also find a biography and other resources.
Rosalynn Carter Quotes
Quotes by Rosalynn Carter - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Ruby Dee Quotes
Quotes by Ruby Dee, actress and activist, married to actor and activist Ossie Davis.
Feminist Quotes: What Women Have Said About Feminism
Feminist quotes - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Grandma Moses Quotes: Late-in-Life Folk Art Painter
Some key quotes from the folk artist known as Grandma Moses who began her work in her 70s.
Inspiring and Funny Life Quotes From Famous Women
Life Quotes - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
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.
Tallulah Bankhead Quotes
Quotes by Tallulah Bankhead, a flamboyant actress known for her wit and her deep voice.
Mary Church Terrell Quotes
Quotes by Mary Church Terrell, African American educator whose life spanned from the Emancipation Proclamation to Brown v. Board of Education.
Wilma Rudolph Quotes
Quotes by Wilma Rudolph - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Sarah Winnemucca Quotes
Quotes by Sarah Winnemucca - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Antoinette Brown Blackwell Quotes
Quotes by Antoinette Brown Blackwell - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Wilma Mankiller Quotes
Quotes by Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee leader, first woman to head the tribe. She was also a community organizer, feminist and activist.
Barbara Jordan Quotes
Quotes by Barbara Jordan - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Bette Davis Quotes
Quotes by Bette Davis - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Margaret Chase Smith Quotes
Quotes by Margaret Chase Smith - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Barbara De Angelis Quotes
Quotes by Barbara De Angelis, inspirational and self-help author.
Emma Willard Quotes
Quotes by Emma Willard - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Quotes
Quotes by Jackie Joyner-Kersee - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Diane von Furstenberg Quotes
Quotations from Diane von Furstenberg, successful business executive and fashion icon most famous for her 1970s wearable wrap dress.
Lydia Maria Child Quotes
Quotes by Lydia Maria Child - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Harriet Quimby Quotes
Quotes by Harriet Quimby - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Bernice Johnson Reagon Quotes
Quotes by Bernice Johnson Reagon - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Ruth Stout Quotes
Quotes by Ruth Stout - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Simone Weil Quotes
Quotes by Simone Weil - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Marilyn French Quotes
Quotes by Marilyn French - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Pearl S. Buck Quotes
Quotes by Pearl S. Buck - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Toni Morrison Quotes
Quotes by Toni Morrison - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
Marge Piercy Quotes
Quotes by Marge Piercy - part of an extensive collection of quotations by notable women.
The Blackwell Women: Sisters and Sisters-in-Law
Five daughters and four sons of the Blackwell family: two of the daughters were famous physicians and the others also had careers. Two of the sons married famous feminists who were famous for other
The Blackwell Women: Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell, famous physician, was the third of nine Blackwells and a sister and sister-in-law of other famous and accomplished women.
The Blackwell Women: Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825 – 1821)
Antoinette Brown Blackwell was, by marriage, part of the Blackwell family which included a number of famous and accomplished women.
The Blackwell Women: Emily Blackwell (1826 – 1910)
Emily Blackwell was one of the accomplished and famous Blackwell women. She followed her sister into medicine and was head of one of the few hospitals that trained women doctors.
The Blackwell Women: Anna Blackwell (1816 - 1901) and Marian Blackwell (1818 - 1897)
Anna and Marian Blackwell were not as famous as two younger sisters and the wives of two of their brothers, but they had their own accomplishments.
The Blackwell Women: Sarah Ellen Blackwell (1828 – 1910)
Sarah Ellen Blackwell (Ellen) never married; she was not famous for her accomplishments, but she was, nevertheless, an artist and writer.
The Blackwell Women: The Youngest Blackwell Siblings
The two youngest Blackwell siblings were boys, and one of them married and had children.
The Blackwell Women: Lucy Stone (1818 – 1893)
Lucy Stone was, by marriage, one of the very accomplished Blackwell women (though she didn't take her husband's name, a story of its own).
Top 10 Workers for Women's Suffrage You Should Know
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.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Lucy Burns
Lucy Burns worked with Alice Paul in the last stages of the women's suffrage struggle in the United States. She was among the hunger strikers force-fed at Occoquan.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Ida B. Wells worked for women's suffrage, and criticized the movement for largely excluding black women.
Learn More About Women's Suffrage
Learn more from these resources about women's suffrage and the women who worked for it.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony is perhaps the best known of American women's suffrage activists.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Alice Paul
Alice Paul, born 65-70 years after the early leaders of the women's suffrage movement, led the more radical wing of the movement in the last years of the suffrage struggle.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst's and her daughter's names are practically synonymous with the British woman suffrage movement.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Lucy Stone
Lucy Stone was a leader in the
Women's Suffrage Activists: Lucretia Mott
This Quaker abolitionist helped found the woman suffrage movement and when it was splitting after the Civil War, tried to hold the two sides together.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Millicent Garrett Fawcett
Millicent Fawcett was better known for being part of the less confrontational side of the British woman suffrage movement.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton partnered with Susan B. Anthony as the most publicly known women's suffrage workers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Women's Suffrage Activists: Carrie Chapman Catt
Carrie Chapman Catt is famous for leading the less confrontational wing of the American women's suffrage movement in its last decades.
Best Quotes by 350+ Famous (and not-so-famous) Women
Find some of the more popular quote pages for women of history, with links to quotations by more than 350 women.
Queens and queens consorts of the House of Stuart ruled in times of great unrest, including the execution of a king and the deposing of another in favor of his daughters.
Women's History Mysteries in 19th and 20th Century America
Some unsolved -- and maybe unsolvable -- mysteries from 19th and 20th century women's history.
Women's History Mysteries - Elizabethan Era
In the 16th century, during the Elizabeth era, two key mysteries in women's history appeared only two decades apart. Was Mary, Queen of Scots, part of the conspiracy to murder her second husband? And what happened to Virginia Dare, the first English child born in North America?
Unsolved Mysteries During the Wars of the Roses
Legitimacy scandals were central to some events around the Wars of the Roses. Here are a few of those unsolved mysteries (though there are certainly theories).
Follow the historical trail of the women who've been English and British queens by marriage or their own right.
Ancient Egyptian Women's History Mysteries
There's quite a bit about ancient Egypt we don't know. Here are some of the biggest mysteries about some famous queens and rulers of ancient Egypt.
Vannozza dei Cattanei
Vannozza dei Cattanei was the mistress of a Cardinal -- future Pope -- and bore him four children who all achieved quite a bit of notoriety.
Tudor Queens of England
The Tudor reign included seven queens consort, and two or three queens who ruled in their own right. Many are well-known names. Find out who were the nine or ten Tudor queens.
The Female Spectator: First Magazine Written By and For Women
The Female Spectator was written by actress and prolific writer Eliza Haywood. Published from 1744 to 1746, it was the first magazine for a female audience written by a woman. See what the first issue looked like, and learn more about what content was included.
Maria Carolina of Austria, Queen of Naples and the Two Sicilies
Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and Sicily lived at a time when revolutions in Europe deposed monarchs in many nations. Her family was involved in several of these revolutions.
Mary Read, Pirate
Mary Read was a notorious pirate -- notorious in part just for being a woman.
Martha Coffin Wright
A biography of Martha Coffin Wright, Quaker women's rights activist and sister of Lucretia Mott.
Officers, National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1917
NAWSA officers, a delegation received by President Wilson, at the White House, about 1917.
Carrie Chapman Catt With Flags of 22 Nations
Carrie Chapman Catt with flags of 22 nations.
League of Women Voters - First National Board
The founding board of the League of Women Voters, 1920
Carrie Chapman Catt Picture: 1920
Picture of Carrie Chapman Catt, celebrating the passage of the woman suffrage amendment in 1920.
Read about Mary Beaton, one of the Queen's Maries in Scottish/French history.
The Queen's Maries
Who were the Queen's Maries? Learn about the four little girls who accompanied their little Queen to a foreign land.
Boudicca Leads a Rebellion Against the Romans, by Tacitus
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.
Carrie Chapman Catt Picture: About 1911
Photograph of suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt, from about 1911.
Carrie Chapman Catt and Helen Hamilton Gardener at the White House
Carrie Chapman Catt and Helen Hamilton Gardner are leaving the White House, about 1917.
Mary Fleming (1542 - 1600?)
Read about Mary Fleming, one of the Queen's Maries in Scottish/English/French history.
Mary Seton (Mary Seaton)
Read about Mary Seton, one of the Queen's Maries in Scottish/French/English history. (Also known as Mary Seaton.)
Find out about Mary Livingston, one of the Queen's Maries in Scottish and French history.