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Women in History Articles

It’s no secret that women’s contributions to history haven’t always been acknowledged or celebrated. Here, we’re shining a spotlight on women in history and everything they’ve accomplished for themselves and for future generations, all while managing to make it look easy.

Let’s take a look at the women who fought for equality, from the suffragettes who tirelessly advocated for the right to vote to Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad. There are also innumerable little-known women who made an impact but have been largely forgotten by the history books, such as Trota of Salerno, the 12th-century gynecologist who stood up for the importance of women’s health, and Stagecoach Mary, the first Black female postal worker who became a legend of the Wild West. We also can’t forget the innovators, from scientists and environmental advocates to groundbreaking journalists. Join us as we celebrate the women in history who have risen to the occasion and exceeded the expectations that were placed on them.

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Harriet Tubman: The Facts of an Extraordinary Life

The woman who helped hundreds of enslaved people find freedom.

The Russians Had Women's 'Battalions of Death' In World War I

With German forces approaching, Russia turned to a new source of manpower.

The Women Who Volunteered to Make Doughnuts on the Front Lines of World War I

The Doughnut Girls of World War I delivered a taste of home when it was needed most, boosting morale and the popularity of the Salvation Army.

Women in World War II Were Even Braver Than You Realize

While their men fought on the front lines, women fought their own battle at home and in the workforce—and helped bring the Allied Powers to victory.

4 Women Earned Silver Stars in the Same WWII Battle

Mary Roberts, Elaine Roe, Virginia Rourke, and Ellen Ainsworth continued to save lives even as mortar shells rained down around them.

[CLOSED] Get Inspired by 10 Women Who Changed Science and the World

Five lucky winners will get a copy of the new collection by Catherine Whitlock and Rhodri Evans.

One Of The First Two Female FBI Agents Got Her Start In The Marines

Susan Roley Malone had cherished the ideal of working for the Bureau long before a career as an FBI agent was open to women.

13 Female Scientists Who Shaped Our Understanding of the World

From the smallest atoms to the biggest adventures in space, these women used their scientific knowledge to change the world.

Rachel Carson's Books Defined an Environmental Revolution

Five authors carry on the legacy of Carson's five iconic books.

Anna Jarvis and the Surprising History of Mother’s Day

There’s more to the loving holiday than meets the eye.

A Mother's Love Became Her Most Valuable Weapon

New York's first and only legislative divorce was granted to Eunice Chapman in 1818, along with custody of her children.

7 Facts About Black Women Who Shaped History

In celebration of Black Women's History Month, discover another side of iconic black women.

This Astonishing Book Makes Jane Austen’s World Come to Life

Voices from the World of Jane Austen will transport you to the turn of the nineteenth century.

20 Influential Women in History You Need to Know About

Their influence and contributions are impossible to ignore.

The Tumultuous Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

Take a detailed look at the life of a ruler who inherited the throne when she was just six days old.

Pioneering Aviatrix Beryl Markham Flies "West with the Night"

The famous female pilot describes her record-breaking westbound flight in her bestselling memoir.

The Untold Story of Kate Warne, America's First Female Private Eye

When Kate Warne marched into Allan Pinkerton's office, he couldn't have imagined all she would achieve as his agent.