Did you know that even today, American Women’s lives are shaped by a legal principle that dates back to the Middle Ages – coverture?
Women and the American Story
Produced in partnership with the New York Historical Society, this series on Women in the American Story illuminates diverse women’s contributions to the American past. You can visit the WAMS project here: https://wams.nyhistory.org/
Thomasine Hall challenged gender stereotypes and norms throughout their life in early colonial America
For centuries, women have used activism in the United States to voice their concerns about society and secure their rights as citizens.
The story of Emma Tenayuca, Latina labor activist in San Antonio, Texas, in the 1930s
Malitzen is considered by many to have hastened the fall of the Aztec empire. But as an enslaved woman she lacked the freedom to make her own decisions.
Elizabeth Freeman legally won her fight for emancipation years before the abolition of slavery in America.
Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, aka Zitkala-Sa, an activist, author and educator, fought against the Americanization of Native nations.
Exposing the horrors of racism in the American South wasn’t easy, but investigative journalist Ida B. Wells made it her mission.
The story of Chien-Shiung Wu – the first lady of physics and one the first female science professors in the USA
The story of Lorenda Holmes, loyalist spy during the American Revolution