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.
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.
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.
December 13, 2020
She started off as a "stunt" journalist and moved into covering stories about women and crime in the Roaring Twenties.
July 27, 2020
Fictional detectives usually reflect conservative values. But the first "lady detective" story written by a woman broke boundaries.
Famous (and Infamous)
February 23, 2021
The colorful career of a woman who ran a gambling ring, fought police corruption, and challenged white mobsters.
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.
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.
January 13, 2020
Flapperismo was no more appreciated by Hispanic guardians of traditional femininity than it was by Anglo-American ones.
April 3, 2015
The mysterious story of Olive Oatman who returned after years of captivity with the Mojave.
May 27, 2021
And then, snip by snip, she was cut out of the frame of Renaissance art history.
May 12, 2017
“What is femininity anyway?” Jenner writes in her new book, The Secrets of My Life. Perhaps the famous trans woman Christine Jorgensen knew.
March 3, 2019
Museum exhibitions of Frida Kahlo's work tend to focus on her personal style and persona. But Kahlo was intensely political, as were her paintings.
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.
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.
January 11, 2016
While alive, Emma Goldman was considered an enemy of the state. In death, she became a celebrated American icon.
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.
March 8, 2019
Why is International Women's Day on March 8th? The answer is much more complicated than you might think.
September 27, 2021
In Latin America and the Caribbean, women's groups have acted to oppose military dictatorships. In fiction, their roles are rarely that of protagonist.
Out from the Shadows
April 1, 2019
In the 1930s, experimental psychologist Agnes Landis interviewed women who identified as "tomboys."
December 19, 2019
“Conventional wisdom tells us that the gold rush was a male undertaking,” writes the historian Glenda Riley. But women were there, too.
May 4, 2020
They worked over sixty hours a week but were also insatiable readers.
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.
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.
October 4, 2019
In nineteenth century America, young women took to studying botany—a conjoining of interest, social acceptance, and readily available schooling.
January 2, 2020
Ice hockey came to the U.S. from Canada at the end of the nineteenth century. Women started playing immediately, forming their own clubs.
We’ll be adding more stories related to Women’s History Month throughout March.