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A selection of readings on women's history and women's issues.
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Woman Suffragette

Image source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

"Hitchcock Helen,
Woman Suffragette

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Why Women's History?

" Even when recognized
in their own times,
women are frequently left out of
the history books."

--National Women's History Project

WHM 2010: Writing Women Back into History

  • History of National Women's History Month
    By Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Cofounder, National Women's History Project

    As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978....
  • Women's History Month 2010
    From the National Women's History Project

    The overarching theme for 2010 and our 30th Anniversary celebration is Writing Women Back into History. It often seems that the history of women is written in invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are frequently left out of the history books....
  • Women's History Month
    From the Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society....
  • Writing Women Back Into History
    By Mary Ruthsdotter
    Education Digest, 1996

    Combine teachers' dismissal of women's contributions with the paucity of information about women in most new textbooks, and the consequences for developing minds are grim. In Prentice-Hall's textbook, A History of the United States (1992), less than 3 percent of content is about women....The message is clear to boys and girls alike: Women have played no vital roles in the political, economic, and social development of our culture....
  • Three Decades of Women's History
    By Ellen Carol DuBois
    Women's Studies, Jan/Feb 2006

    The article discusses the modern women's history in the United States. From a situation in which women were completely ignored in the writing and teaching of U.S. history 30 years ago, research into U.S. history now places issues of women, gender, sexuality, and the family front and center... (from the article abstract)
  • Through Women's Eyes: The Challenges of Integrating Women's History and U.S. History in the Writing of a College Textbook
    By Ellen Carol DuBois
    OAD Magazine of History, March 2005

    After more than three decades of astonishing discoveries and productivity in the field of U.S. women's history, the time has finally come for a comprehensive college level textbook on American history from the perspective of women...

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