The anti-transportation ‘ladies petition’ from 1850 is one of the first concrete examples of political engagement by women in the NSW colony.
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A newly-discovered petition from 1850 provides rare evidence of what might be women's first moment of political activism in Australia.
Portrait of Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, c. 1500, by Gentile Bellini.
One of the most significant woman of Venice’s golden age, Cornaro was an important figure in Renaissance politics, diplomacy and arts.
Mother Earth: Aataentsic is a woman in Wendat legend who falls from the sky and gives birth to humankind.
Inspired by a recent poll that said Canadians don't know enough about women's history, some media outlets explored women's history but they left out some important stories.
Across the world, allegations of sexual assault have hinged on women’s credibility.
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A century ago, Russian leaders staged mock trials on rape and abortion to educate citizens about new Soviet laws and values. Then, as now, victim-blaming and 'he said, she said' marred the verdict.
The pain of infertility has not changed, even if modern technologies have.
It's 40 years since the birth of Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby. But our long read explains how infertility has a much longer history.
Less than a third of biographical entries on Wikipedia are about women.
Wikipedia's coverage on women is less comprehensive, and its volunteer editor base is mostly male. What can be done to change the numbers?
Searching for role models in the math world.
Women's History Month is a time to recognize female role models. In mathematics, when we think of powerful women, we should think of Marion Walter.
Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst: a family at war with itself.
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Sylvia Pankhurst's book is the dominant narrative of the time, but was she unfair to her sister Christabel?
Clare Wright: one of many women historians carving a role as a public intellectual.
Compared to the male-dominated STEM disciplines and social sciences like philosophy and political science, Australian history has been remarkably feminised. Indeed there may be more women historians here than in the UK or US.
Hillary Clinton has a promising chance to become the first female U.S. president.
Are Americans ready to elect a woman as president? A SUNY professor take a global perspective on what it would mean for women's rights.
Time to make room for a new face.
The announcement that Harriet Tubman will be the first woman on U.S. currency in more than a century recalls the history of female – and African-American – portrayals on money.
Who do you think you are kidding?
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Many women played a role in the Home Guard, despite the fact that they weren’t strictly supposed to.
Suffragette tells a story that is both of its time, and timeless - an historical struggle whose lessons, sadly, still need to be learned.
Pre-war life in Brussels.
The execution of austere British nurse Edith Cavell in World War I inspired music, art, poetry, propaganda - but no weeping.
Anne-Marie Duff (Violet) and Carey Mulligan (Maud) in Suffragette.
Suffragettes were not merely nice (if slightly bonkers) posh ladies in impressive hats.
At the film premiere of Suffragette, Sisters Uncut’s Dead Women Can’t Vote campaigners protested against Britain’s domestic violence policies by featuring the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
When Meryl Streep and the stars of the upcoming film Suffragette donned t-shirts emblazoned with the quote "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave," they reignited a contentious debate in feminism.
Dr. Amanda Foreman in Moscow.
If we are to write woman into the history of humanity, we need to listen to those who aren't 'exceptional'; those whose voices are harder to access.
Anne Summers’ 1975 book was, and remains, remarkable for a number of reasons.
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Anne Summers' ambitious 1975 book reframed Australian history by placing women at its centre. It was a book of its time. But its groundbreaking approach ensures it is also a book for today.
The mobilisation of women has taken on many forms across the continent.
Writing about the women’s and feminist movements is a definitional minefield. The two are often conflated, more so in Africa.
Napoleon’s step-daughter Hortense and his second wife Marie-Louise.
Two centuries on, the history of the battle and our understanding of it should by no means be a predominantly male affair.