Women’s History in the United States provides a thorough examination of the contributions, perspectives, and challenges faced by women from precontact times to the present. With a strong collection of primary sources and essays from leading scholars, the database explores key figures, social and political movements, pivotal events, organizations, and other crucial aspects that shape the diverse narratives of women in America. The inclusion of lesson plans and other educator resources makes this database an invaluable asset for history and social studies classrooms.

Time Periods Covered

  • Exploration and Indigenous North American Cultures
  • Colonial North America
  • Revolution and Early Republic
  • Westward Expansion
  • The Antebellum Era
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Road to Suffrage
  • Gilded Age to World War I
  • From the Roaring Twenties to Rosie the Riveter
  • Shifting Roles in the Early Cold War Era
  • Second-wave Feminism
  • Journeying into the 21st Century

Highlighted Reference

  • Food production, Native American women
  • Enslaved women and the Middle Passage
  • Coverture
  • Quaker women
  • Salem Witch Trials
  • Pregnancy and childbirth in colonial America
  • Daughters of Liberty
  • Native American women and the American Revolution
  • Women’s preaching during the Second Great Awakening
  • Women entrepreneurs of the California Gold Rush
  • Women and Manifest Destiny
  • Native American women and 19th-Century Federal Indian Policy
  • Female slave narratives
  • Lowell Mill Girls
  • Civil War nurses
  • Woman Suffrage Movement
  • American Indian Suffrage
  • First wave vs. Second wave feminism
  • Temperance Movement
  • Radium Girls
  • Yeomanettes
  • Corset, high heels, and bloomers
  • Japanese picture brides
  • Work waged and unwaged, during the Great Depression
  • Flapper
  • Food in the 1930s
  • Women of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Asian American women and World War II

Highlighted Biographies

  • Queen Alliquippa–leader of the Seneca in western Pennsylvania during the 1700s who was allied with the British in the lead-up to the French and Indian War.
  • Deborah Sampson–celebrated female veteran of the American Revolution. She disguised herself as a man, wearing a uniform and fighting in several battles before her gender was discovered.
  • Phillis Wheatley–one of the earliest Revolutionary-era poets in the American colonies and the first African American to be published.
  • Martha Jane Canary–better known as Calamity Jane, was a legendary gun-slinging, horse-riding frontierswoman of the Gilded Age.
  • Sarah and Angelina Grimké—fought for the abolition of slavery and for equal rights for women.
  • Lucretia Mott–Quaker minister, abolitionist, and women’s rights advocate, Lucretia Mott played an early and major role in the American reform movement.
  • Mabel Ping-Hua Lee–best remembered for her contributions to the suffragist movement and the social, economic, and religious welfare of New York’s Chinese community.

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