Celebrate Women’s History Month all March with JSTOR Daily. The month-long observance in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia recognizes the contributions of women around the world—and throughout history.
We hope you’ll find the stories below, and the scholarship they include in full, a valuable resource for classroom or leisure reading.
Writing the World
March 11, 2015
The origins of Women's History Month.
February 21, 2021
Barriers of racism and sexism slowed them down, but academia wasn't their only venue.
April 4, 2019
Meet the original Bluestockings, a group of women intellectuals. Their name would eventually become a misogynist epithet -- but it didn't start that way.
June 19, 2020
The editor of the lesbian feminist magazine Sinister Wisdom talked to us about lesbian print culture, feminist collectives, and revolution.
December 15, 2018
Jarena Lee was the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1836, she published her autobiography.
March 5, 2019
Despite the twelve volume herbarium she created, this seventeenth-century scientist earned little recognition.
December 11, 2019
In the context of Russia's patriarchal autocracy, its intelligentsia was surprisingly feminist, as Vera Podorovskaya's life illustrates.
Famous (and Infamous)
September 8, 2020
Black women's experiences in the suffrage movement show that the Nineteenth Amendment marked one event in the fight for the vote, not an endpoint.
March 6, 2019
A suffragist searching for a heroine found Sacagawea and lifted her out of historical obscurity.
July 13, 2017
Learn more about Cheng I Sao, a female pirate who dominated the coast of the Kwangtung Province between 1795-1810.
October 8, 2019
Ada Lovelace wrote extensive notes on the world’s first computer. Her innovations foreshadowed those used in twentieth-century PCs.
January 13, 2020
Flapperismo was no more appreciated by Hispanic guardians of traditional femininity than it was by Anglo-American ones.
February 23, 2020
The radical environmentalist had a background in labor organizing and wanted to end the misogyny of the movement and the logging industry alike.
February 21, 2019
When Silent Spring was published, the response was overtly gendered. Rachel Carson's critics depicted her as hysterical, mystical, and witchy.
June 28, 2019
How a 17th-century nun wrote poetry, dramas, and comedies that took on the inequities and double standards women faced in society.
Out from the Shadows
May 4, 2020
They worked over sixty hours a week but were also insatiable readers.
March 8, 2019
Why is International Women's Day on March 8th? The answer is much more complicated than you might think.
March 6, 2019
Nearly all American tea rooms were owned by women. They often opened up rooms in their homes or set up tables in their gardens.
February 25, 2021
In late imperial China, it was a devotional art using hairs plucked from devotees' own heads.
August 1, 2019
Between 1950 and 1965, steamy novels about lesbian relationships, marketed to men, inadvertently offered closeted women much-needed representation.
March 1, 2019
La Malinche was a key figure in the conquest of the Aztecs. But was she a heroine or a traitor? It depends on whom you ask.
August 7, 2018
In the late 19th century, more women were becoming librarians. Experts like Melvil Dewey predicted they would suffer ill health, strain, and breakdowns.
August 25, 2017
African women, always a minority in the slave trade, often had to find their own ways of rebellion against slavery if they could.
March 27, 2019
The Chipko activists of 1970s and ‘80s India saved their forests by calling attention to the deep interdependence between humans and the natural world.
August 22, 2018
Dorothy Porter, a Black woman pioneer in library and information science, created an archive that structured a new field.
December 2, 2015
P.T. Barnum's career as a Kentucky show man, began with his ownership and exploitation of African American slave Joice Heth.
We’ll be adding more stories related to Women’s History Month throughout March.