Category Archives: women’s history

Lizzie Andrew Borden stood trial in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for the ax murders of her father and stepmother. This first of many American trials of the century began on June 5, 1893. Lurid details included allegations of poison and rotten mutton, an … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press offers its congratulations to author Deepti Misri. Her recent UIP release Beyond Partition: Gender, Violence, and Representation in Postcolonial India received the 2016 Eugene M. Kayden Book Award in Literary Studies from the University of … Continue reading

I wouldn’t try being a mom for a million bucks. I’m not just talking about all the surgery it would require. Fatherhood is definitely its own cross to bear, don’t get me wrong. There’s a reason men die at a … Continue reading

In future years, when the 2010s become a matter of nostalgia and the “What were they thinking?”-related wonder enjoyed by every generation, people will laugh about the neckbeards, and the adult coloring books, and Dubsmash. When it comes to the … Continue reading

If you are headed to the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island during April 7-9 there are a few things you’ll want to be on the lookout for courtesy of your friends at UIP. 1) Given … Continue reading

Ann Dumville and her daughters Jemima, Hephzibah, and Elizabeth were not history makers in the way we traditionally think of such figures. None of these women held high political office nor stood firsthand as a participant in a pivotal moment … Continue reading

Fifty years after the widespread release of the birth control pill, family planning remains a political and social hot potato. The future scrum for the White House will no doubt offer condemnations of Planned Parenthood and promises of a woman’s … Continue reading

Google has chosen musician-genius Clara Rockmore (left in the photo) for today’s doodle. Rockmore was a master of the theremin, that haunting/creepy sound-maker that entered our consciousness (on many levels, maybe) through 1950s science fiction films, “Good Vibrations,” and twentieth-century electronica, and by inspiring the … Continue reading

From “Women’s Work and Economic Crisis Revisited: Comparing the Great Recession and the Great Depression,” a new essay in Ruth Milkman’s 2016 collection On Gender, Labor, and Inequality. Overall, the gender anxiety that surfaced during the Great Recession was far … Continue reading

It is International Women’s Day, comrade! By universal proclamation we honor women and dedicate ourselves to helping them overcome the many obstacles they still face in this man’s world. Begun as a socialist observance, perhaps in New York City circa 1909, … Continue reading