The Original Women’s March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Way

The head of the suffragist parade in Washington, 1913. (Wikimedia Commons) They fought for the right to vote, but also advanced the causes for birth control, civil rights and economic equality. By Lorraine Boissoneault / 01.21.2017 ollowing on the heels of President Donald Trump’s inauguration this Friday, at least 3.3 million Americans gathered for marches around the country, rallying[…]

You’ve Heard of Eric Schneiderman. You Should Know About Rose Schneiderman.

She’s the Schneiderman who championed women’s rights in the 20th century. By Dr. Jennifer Scanlon Associate Professor and Director of Women’s Studies Bowdoin College Surname: Schneiderman. Jewish. Raised in New York City. Progressive politician. Ally to women. Ally to working people. Ally to immigrants and people of color. Enemy of sexual harassment and assault. Fiery[…]

How One ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Poster Won Out Over All Others as a Symbol of Female Empowerment

During the war, the poster on the left, painted by J. Howard Miller, was only on display for only two weeks. Norman Rockwell’s, on the other hand, was seen by millions. Nick Lehr/The Conversation During the war, few Americans actually saw the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ poster that’s become acultural icon.    By Dr. Sarah Myers and Dr. G. Kurt Piehler / 05.25.2018 Myers: Assistant Professor of History,[…]

Girls’ Labor and Leisure in the Progressive Era

Florence Kelley (center) / Public Domain By Dr. Miriam Forman-Brunell Professor of History, Women, and Gender University of Missouri-Kansas City Missing Stories The central story in many textbooks is one of tireless reformers committed to protecting the poor and helping vulnerable children by eliminating child labor and expanding education. Working on all levels, reformers expanded[…]

In Spite of Horrible Conditions, Susan B. Anthony ‘Stumped Right On’

For 45 years, Susan B. Anthony traveled the U.S. relentlessly, stumping for women’s rights. She endured ridicule, was hanged in effigy and faced many horrid meals on the road. Nevertheless, she persisted. / Corbis via Getty Images By Nina Martyris / 03.08.2018 She was hanged in effigy and mocked in cartoons; laughed at by Congress for demanding[…]

A History of Women Who Ran for President

Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm ran for President in 1972 By Dr. Kimberly A. Hamlin Associate Professor of History and Global and Intercultural Studies Miami University in Oxford, Ohio On June 7, 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton secured enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. As everyone knows, this will make Clinton the first[…]

Three Strategies Today’s Activist Women Share with Their Foremothers

Members of the Grand Rapids League of Women Voters organized a city get-out-the-vote parade in 1924. Grand Rapids Herald, Sept. 9, 1924. Image courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library By Dr. Liette Gidlow / 01.26.2018 Associate Professor of U.S. Political and Women’s/Gender History Wayne State University The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired[…]

Emma Allison, a ‘Lady Engineer’

Baxter Engine, Souvenir of the Centennial Exhibition (1877), by George D. Curtis. (Google Books | Public Domain) By Robert Davis / 07.20.2017 Professor of History Wallace State College In 1876, the Centennial Exhibition, the first United States world’s fair, opened in Philadelphia to celebrate the nation’s 100 year anniversary. With its mission mandated by Congress to showcase “the nation’s progress in[…]

Maryam Mirzakhani was a Role Model for More than Just Her Mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani, YouTube Screen Capture By Mehrdokht Poumader / 07.17.2017 Lecturer in Operations Management and Organizational Behavior Macquarie Graduate School of Management On July 14, Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford professor of mathematics and the only female winner of the prestigious Fields Medal in Mathematics, died at the age of 40. In just a few hours, her[…]

Simone de Beauvoir’s Political Philosophy Resonates Today

Simone de Beauvoir in Paris in 1949. / Photo from Elliot Erwitt, Magnum By Dr. Skye C. Cleary / 03.10.2017 Lecturer Columbia University, City College of New York Simone de Beauvoir is rightly best known for declaring: ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.’ A less well-known facet of her philosophy, particularly relevant today, is[…]

Nevertheless, They Persisted – Women’s Demonstrations in Ancient Rome

The Intervention of the Sabine Women (detail), by Jacques-Louis David, 1799 / Louvre Museum, Paris By Dr. Katherine Huntley / 04.24.2017 Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History Boise State University Protesting was a key part of Roman political life. And protesting was fueled by the fact that the Roman Republic, from its founding in 509BCE[…]

Jeannette Rankin, First Woman Elected to Congress

Biography Office: Representative State/Territory: Montana Party: Republican Congress(es): 65th (1917–1919), 77th (1941–1943) Jeannette Rankin’s life was filled with extraordinary achievements: she was the first woman elected to Congress, one of the few suffragists elected to Congress, and the only Member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in both World War I and World War[…]

Grace Dalrymple Elliott, Courtesan and Spy

Grace Dalrymple Elliott by Thomas Gainsborough, 1778. © Metropolitan Museum of Art By Joanne Major and Sarah Murden / 09.13.2016 The infamous eighteenth-century courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliott’s birth has not been recorded, but she was certainly born in Scotland, most likely in Edinburgh around 1754. She was to grow up to achieve a scandalous notoriety[…]

Melanie Klein, the Founding Mother of Children’s Psychology

As with many fields of study, the canonical works of the social sciences are overrun with the findings of white males. But in the field of psychoanalysis, Melanie Klein, a Viennese Jewish woman, made an impact on the field with her unlikely-sounding theories published in her book The Psychoanalysis of Children, where she documents infants’[…]

How to Create a Strong Sisterhood

Do you have a supportive network of friends to help you through life’s challenges?  Here are five ways to build your tribe. By Tara Pringle Jefferson / 07.28.2016 The power of a supportive tribe Of all the places in Cleveland I thought I’d find myself late last year, the inside of a “sister circle” at[…]

Nancy Harkness Love, WWII Pilot & Commander

Nancy Harkness Love / Wikimedia Commons Nancy Harkness Love was a trailblazing WWII pilot and commander who was instrumental in the founding of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII, the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. By Sarah Rickman We were in the air flying from Boston to Vassar[…]

Dreams and Thunder – Indigenous Feminism

Photo of Zitkala-Ša by Joseph T. Keiley, 1898. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. By Dory Nason / 06.13.2016 To tell the history of Indigenous feminism, we have to acknowledge that such a history can’t be easily distilled down to a few pages or simply based on the origins we think we know and understand about[…]

Boudicca, Celtic Warrior Queen

Statue of Boudicca by Thomas Thornycroft near Westminster pier. / Wikimedia Commons By Susan Abernethy The Freelance History Writer Did you know there was a Briton queen who caused the occupying Romans fits in the middle of the first century? If you have ever visited the Embankment in London near Westminster Bridge, you may have[…]

Mary Bunting, Champion of Women’s Education

Mary I. Bunting was the Rutgers dean who led the fight for coeducation at the United States’ most prestigious universities. The program she created in 1958 to support a community of mature women lives on at Douglass Residential College in her name. By Fredda Sacharow / Rutgers Today When Mary Bunting began her academic career in[…]