Women's history

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Women's history exploded into prominence in the 1970s,[1] and is now well represented in every aspect of historiography; increasingly it includes gender history. About 80% of American history departments have one or more specialists.

See also

Further reading

United States

  • Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (1996)
  • Campbell, D'Ann. Women at War with America: Private Lives in a Public Era, (1984), World War II; covers housewives, nurses, Wacs, war-workers
  • Degler, Carl. At Odds: Women and the Family in America from the Revolution to the Present (1980).
  • Hewitt, Nancy A., ed. A Companion to American Women's History. (2002) 510pp
  • Kerber, Linda K.; Kessler-Harris, Alice; and Sklar, Kathryn Kish, eds. U.S. History as Women's History: New Feminist Essays. (1995). 477 pp. online edition
  • Melosh, Barbara. Gender and American History since 1890 (1993) online edition
  • Miller, Page Putnam, ed. Reclaiming the Past: Landmarks of Women's History. (1992). 232 pp.
  • Mintz, Steven, and Susan Kellogg. Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life (1988), 316pp; the standard scholarly history excerpt and text search
  • Riley, Glenda. Inventing the American Woman: An Inclusive History (2001) vol 2 online edition
  • Zophy, Angela Howard, ed. Handbook of American Women's History. (1990). 763 pp.

Primary sources: U.S.

  • Berkin, Carol and Horowitz, Leslie, eds. Women's Voices, Women's Lives: Documents in Early American History. (1998). 203 pp.
  • DuBois, Ellen Carol and Ruiz, Vicki L., eds. Unequal Sisters: A Multi-Cultural Reader in U.S. Women's History. (1994). 620 pp.


  • Bridenthal, Renate, Susan Stuard, and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks eds. Becoming Visible: Women in European History (2nd ed. 1997), essays by scholars
  • Fairchilds, Cissie. Women in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700 (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Fout, John C. German Women in the Nineteenth Century: A Social History (1984) online edition
  • Smith, Bonnie. Changing Lives: Women in European History Since 1700 (1988)
  • Tilly, Louise A. and Joan W. Scott. Women, Work, and Family (1978)
  • Ward, Jennifer. Women in Medieval Europe: 1200-1500 (2003)
  • Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2008) excerpt and text search

Primary sources: Europe

  • DiCaprio, Lisa, and Merry E. Wiesner, eds. Lives and Voices: Sources in European Women's History (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Hughes, Sarah S., and Brady Hughes, eds. Women in World History: Readings from Prehistory to 1500 (1995), 270pp primary sources.
    • Hughes, Sarah S., and Brady Hughes, eds. Women in World History: Readings from 1500 to the Present (1997) 296pp; primary sources


  • Cook, Sharon Anne; McLean, Lorna; and O'Rourke, Kate, eds. Framing Our Past: Canadian Women's History in the Twentieth Century. (2001). 498 pp.
  • Strong-Boag, Veronica and Fellman, Anita Clair, eds. Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History. (3d ed. 1997). 498 pp.
  • Prentice, Alison and Trofimenkoff, Susan Mann, eds. The Neglected Majority: Essays in Canadian Women's History (2 vol 1985)


  • Pomeroy, Sarah B. Women's History and Ancient History (1991) online edition


  • Meade, Teresa A., and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, eds. A Companion to Gender History (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Offen, Karen; Pierson, Ruth Roach; and Rendall, Jane, eds. Writing Women's History: International Perspectives (1991). 552 pp.
  • Spongberg, Mary. Writing Women's History Since the Renaissance. (2003) 308 pages; on Europe

See also


  1. See American Women's History: A Research Guide