Here a good resource on the history of women and society with many links to guides for in depth information on the topics. It is important to understand the past events on women’s rights and issues as it reflects on the way we view women in today’s culture. Take a look at our other guides on different aspects of sociology as you continue your research and studies.
Women’s history spans millennia, and still today is an important topic for sociological study. Typically when studying women throughout history, researchers focus on the role that women have played in society at large—their academic, scientific, and social contributions in the US and worldwide. Woman’s suffrage is another important topic of study for which there is a wealth of material available. Additionally, women serving in the armed forces are commemorated for their bravery and historical impact in many resources, and their correspondence held as important historical artifacts. Luckily for researchers, vast archives of information exist online, including primary and secondary sources, as well as analysis from many perspectives. These documents and the many other types of media available shed light on women’s history and their overall impact on past and present society.
Women and Society
- Creative Women by Day of Birth – An archive of quotations from influential creative women, sorted by date of birth
- Sports Biographies: Index to Women – Extensive collection of short biographies concerning women in sports
- The Ada Project: Women in Computing – A project dedicated to providing information about women in computing, including biographies and other useful resources
- Female Nobel Prize Laureates – Biographies and other information related to female Nobel Laureates across all topics
- Biography of Mary Mason Lyon – Biographical information about the founder of the first women’s college
- Yale-New Haven Teacher Institute: American Maid: Growing Up Female in Life and Literature – Informative essays and student activity suggestions focused on the historic accomplishments by women.
- 300 Women Who Changed the World – Detailed profiles and related information about many influencial women, including Joan of Arc, Princess Diana, and Murasaki Shikibu.
- Archive of Distinguished Women, Past and Present – Basic information and links to additional resources for women remembered by history.
- The Varo Registry of Women Artists – Includes many images of artistic works by women artists and links to several related resources.
- Women’s History in America – A historical look at women in relationship to the overall society.
- A Guide to Women in Canadian History – An official government site dedicated to providing information about important women in Canadian history.
- Women in World History – Provides primary sources, website reviews, and an online forum concerned with historically important women worldwide.
- Duke University’s Online Archival Collections of African-American Women – Digitalized collections of primary resources, pictures, and other media related to African-American women and the slave experience in the US
- Woman Writers in the 19th Century – Short biographies on woman authors, complete with pictures and most famous works.
- Information about Georgia O’Keeffe - Includes biographies, galleries, writings, and other related information.
- The Official Website of Amelia Earhart – Contains information about this famous aviatrix, including news, videos, and other media.
Women’s Rights Resources
Archives and Other Historical Collections
Women in the Military