womens history

  • Hamilton And The Unsung Labors Of Wives

    by Jennifer Forestal and Menaka Philips

    Women, and particularly wives like Eliza Hamilton, have been essential to our political and intellectual histories; it’s long past time we tell their stories.

  • The Unfinished Business of Women’s Suffrage

    by Melissa Gira Grant

    Historian Lisa Tetrault's book "The Myth of Seneca Falls" documents how white women leaders of the suffrage movement both excluded nonwhite women from leadership of the suffrage struggle but wrote the movement's founding histories to justify their position. These exclusions blind us to the way that millions of women's right to vote is restricted today.

  • Police Sexual Violence Is Hidden in Plain Sight

    by Anne Gray Fischer

    How did we get to the point where sexual assault is considered valid, necessary police work? The answer lies in the origin story of modern police, and specifically in the history of the discretionary enforcement of public order laws.

  • In the 1990s, Feminism Found a New Ally: Computers (excerpt)

    by Lisa Levenstein

    Few observers recognized that Edie Farwell’s group was part of a wide-ranging network of female technology specialists who were using the 1995 Beijing NGO conference to build the infrastructure for what would become online feminism.

  • Black Women’s Long Struggle for Voting Rights

    "As historian Faye E. Dudden writes in 'Fighting Change,' her book on the suffrage movement in the Reconstruction period, Stanton dipped her pen into a tincture of white racism and sketched a reference to a nightmarish figure, the black rapist'.”