How to Fight Like a Girl
Women have been punching each other in the face (during boxing matches) since the early 1700s.
Laura Bassi, Enlightenment Scientist
The Italian physicist and philosopher was the first woman to earn a doctorate in science and the first salaried female professor at a university.
Paying Moms to Breastfeed in Medieval Europe
The idea of offering remuneration to women for breastfeeding—even their own children—wasn’t unusual in late medieval and early modern Europe.
Catherine de’ Medici Was Good at Chess
The game was a way for early modern women in royal courts to prove their skill in political life.
Did Materialism Lead to the Death of a Tudor Queen?
The very things that made Catherine Howard's time as Henry VIII's queen so pleasant became a cudgel with which to beat her.
What Love Tokens Can Tell Us About Poor Women in Early Modern England
Poor English women imbued everyday objects with an emotional power that they gave and received. These were known as love tokens.