History Stories
CATEGORY: Women's History
When New York Banned Smoking to Save Women’s Souls
October 2, 2017

But the short-lived law only increased women’s freedoms. Read More

Meet Stagecoach Mary, the Daring Black Pioneer Who Protected Wild West Stagecoaches
September 14, 2017

As a star carrier, her job was to protect the mail on her route from thieves and bandits and to deliver mail. Read More

7 of the Most Outrageous Medical Treatments in History
September 5, 2017

Explore seven of the most shocking treatments recommended by doctors. Read More

Telephone Operators Used to Be Rude Teenage Boys. Then Alexander Graham Bell Heard This Woman’s Voice
August 31, 2017

She made history by talking on the phone. Read More

Right Stuff, Wrong Gender: The Woman Astronauts Grounded by NASA
July 24, 2017

These aspiring astronauts were part of the little-known “Mercury 13” program. Read More

Meet the Night Witches, the Daring Female Pilots Who Bombed Nazis By Night
July 7, 2017

They were a crucial Soviet asset to winning World War II. Read More

Long-Lost Letters from Suffrage Pioneers Discovered
March 30, 2017

A newly-discovered collection of hundreds of letters and artifacts provide a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the women’s suffrage movement. Read More

The Extraordinary Secret Life of Dr. James Barry
March 24, 2017

How—and why—did a groundbreaking physician pass as the opposite sex for more than 50 years? Read More

The Surprising History of International Women’s Day
March 6, 2017

Though International Women’s Day may be more widely celebrated abroad than in the United States, its roots are planted firmly in American soil. Read More

Dr. Gisella Perl: A Hero in Hell
March 3, 2017

She lived an unspeakable hell. As both an inmate and head women’s doctor at Auschwitz, Dr. Gisella Perl saved hundreds of lives with her bare hands. Read More