History Stories
CATEGORY: Women's History
How Ireland Turned ‘Fallen Women’ Into Slaves
March 12, 2018

Until 1996, pregnant or promiscuous women could be incarcerated for life in Magdalene Laundries. Read More

7 of the Gutsiest Women on the American Frontier
March 8, 2018

Spies and scouts, mothers and homestead keepers, women quietly made their mark on America's changing western frontier. Read More

How Freedom Rider Diane Nash Risked Her Life to Desegregate the South
March 8, 2018

Now an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, Nash was arrested dozens of times for non-violent protests—including while six months pregnant. Read More

This Midwife at Auschwitz Delivered 3,000 Babies in Unfathomable Conditions
March 2, 2018

Stanislawa Leszczyńska was instructed to murder babies, but refused. She is a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic church. Read More

Watch Terrified Men Learn to Deal With Women in the Workforce During WWII
March 2, 2018

When women were asked to sign on to factories, they responded in droves. Unfortunately, this caused new "problems" for men, who had no idea how to interact with them in the workplace. Read More

Early Women’s Rights Activists Wanted Much More than Suffrage
March 2, 2018

Voting wasn't their only goal, or even their main one. They battled racism, economic oppression and sexual violence—along with the law that made married women little more than property of their husbands. Read More

Long Before #TimesUp, Susan B. Anthony Spent 50 Years Dressed in Black
March 1, 2018

See a newly colorized portrait of the grande dame of feminism. Read More

Golden Age Hollywood Had a Dirty Little Secret: Drugs
March 1, 2018

Many memorable performances were fueled by “pep pills.” Read More

Six Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement
February 5, 2018

Though their stories are sometimes overlooked, these women were instrumental in the fight for equal rights for African-Americans. Read More

How Classic Hollywood’s Party Culture Turned Women Into Prey
January 23, 2018

Female extras and dancers were often lured to parties under false pretenses. Read More