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womens history


  • What About the Waitresses?

    by Alison Owings

    I wonder if – when – this viral horror is over, customers will have a new appreciation for the women, and men, who serve.



  • A Troublemaker With a Gavel

    by Karen Tumulty

    Perhaps, before too long, the troublemaker with a gavel will finally get her wish—to no longer hear herself introduced as the most powerful woman in American history.



  • The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism

    by Helen Lewis

    When people note that Shakespeare and Newton did some of their best work while England was ravaged by the plague, there is an obvious response: Neither of them had child-care responsibilities.


  • Golda Meir and Women's Wartime Leadership

    by Jonathan W. Jordan and Emily Anne Jordan

    Are women seeking the presidency held back by Americans' mistrust of female military leadership? The example of Golda Meir suggests they shouldn't be.



  • My Abortion Before Roe v. Wade

    by Elizabeth Stone

    Roe v. Wade is in peril, flinging me back to a terrifying time in my own life, one I never expected women today would have to face.



  • Women’s History Month Spotlight: Maimie Pinzer

    According to historian Melissa R. Klapper, Pinzer’s story has been of great interest to scholars of gender and working-class women because her letters are among the only firsthand accounts of prostitution during the early 20th century. “She was also quite self-aware about the role that gender norms and limitations on women, especially economic, had played in her life.”



  • On the Trail of America’s First Women to Vote

    From 1776 to 1807, women in New Jersey had equal voting rights. Newly surfaced documents illuminate how that happened — and the origins of the messy, imperfect democracy we have today.