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Thank the Women for the Cherry Trees

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 03.28.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

If you venture across the National Mall, you will find precious few memorials to women. At one end, Abraham Lincoln's stoic face scans the two-mile-long lawn. In the middle is the monument to George Washington.

9 Pivotal Victories That Quietly Changed Women's History

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Women

The last century of women's rights victories has a familiar highlight reel with women gaining the right to vote, access to birth control and abortion,...

'Bossy' Ban: The Main Problem With Feminism Today

Karin Agness | Posted 03.21.2014 | Women
Karin Agness

It's easy to dismiss this "ban bossy" public service campaign as just an overzealous effort to help girls or even a shrewd business move to sell more copies of Sandberg's book, but this campaign is indicative of one of the main problems with feminism today -- the idea that women are victims in need of more and more special protection.

A Founding Mother on Women's History Month

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 03.20.2014 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the month of March, named after Mars, the Roman god of war, is widely recognized as Women's History Month. While women are rarely battle-hungry, the war between the sexes has continued to transcend time, technology and tastes for generations.

Why Were So Many Women Left on the Edges of History?

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

One of the pioneers of psychology, Ruth Tolman, helped develop early treatment for PTSD after World War II, and led the effort to make psychology a science. So why is she remembered best as Richard Tolman's wife and Robert Oppenheimer's best friend?

Some History Behind Women's History Month

Terry O'Neill | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Who are some history-making women who were unafraid to rock the boat? Many of them were instrumental to the growth and success of the National Organization for Women. Here's a timeline that is worth remembering with pride as we celebrate Women's History Month.

Women's History Month: My Favorite Novels About Unforgettable Leading Ladies

Allison Pataki | Posted 02.28.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

Today I am thinking specifically about some of the strong female characters who have been featured and memorialized in literature. I've come up with a list of fiction and nonfiction books that unfold around these characters.

Presidents Day: Time for a Female in the White House?

Martha Burk | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

This year on President's Day I want to honor our female presidents. Oh, I forgot. There aren't any. You'd think it was against the law or something. It probably would have been if the founding fathers had thought of it.

9 Things Women Couldn't Do In 1913 -- And 3 Things They Still Can't

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women

It's Women's Equality Day, which is a good moment to take stock of how far we've come -- and the areas of our lives where we are not feeling the equal...

The Other Half Had a Dream Too

Martha Burk | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Let's hope that the 50th anniversary celebration of one of the world's most important peaceful revolutions includes its daughters equally with its sons.

The Debate Over the ERA Continues

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

The debate over an Equal Rights Amendment began three years after women received the right to vote -- and continues today. The proposal was recently re-introduced in Congress, along with a new strategy.

4 Women's Issues That Haven't Changed Since 1911

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.17.2013 | Women

Over 100 years ago, radical writer and activist Emma Goldman penned the essay "The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation." In the piece, which the Atlantic ...

Infinite Variety Productions: Shedding Light on Untold Women's Stories

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 05.31.2013 | Impact
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

Infinite Variety Productions (IVP) is a female-focused, not-for-profit theater company whose production of Eclipsed by Patricia Burke-Brogan is based on Brogan's experience as a novice nun in one of the Magdalene Laundries in the 1960s.

The Curious History of Women Who 'Passed' As Men In Pursuit of a Dream

Marlo Thomas | Posted 07.03.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

Before Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot -- throughout history and in almost every culture -- disguising one's gender has been a common plotline in folklore, literature and theater. Cross-dressing gods and goddesses frequently populated Greek, Norse and Hindu mythology; and Shakespeare's plotlines often featured women characters posing as men

American Girl: How Radical Can a $105 Doll Be?

Molly Rosner | Posted 06.26.2013 | Women
Molly Rosner

American Girls, as spunky and courageous as they might have been in the plots of their books, were hardly radical. Their characters often came from privilege and learned about the "other" -- Native American friend, child laborer -- through some sort of friendly contact.

PHOTO: What Women's Self-Defense Looked Like In 1906

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.05.2013 | Women

You do NOT want to mess with this Victorian lady. Judging from this 1906 photo by Percy C. Bryon, she could probably take you down. According to a...

History in the Making: Women's History Month Reminds Us Why We Must Keep Working For Equality

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 05.19.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

At Daytona, Danica Patrick makes the record books. In Silicon Valley, Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg make waves. And on PBS, "MAKERS: Women Who Make America," makes all of us think about the importance of women in society. What a great way to start Women's History Month!

50 Years of Women's History -- What Would Betty Say?

Martha Burk | Posted 05.15.2013 | Books
Martha Burk

Revolutionary when it came out in 1963, The Feminine Mystique helped unleash the activism that became the "women's liberation" movement and pushed for equal social, political, and economic rights.

LOOK: Iconic Images In Celebration Of Women's History Month

Posted 03.13.2013 | Women

March isn't just a month of odd weather and St. Patty's Day celebrations -- it's also (more importantly) Women's History Month. The National Women's H...

A Forgotten Piece of Women's History

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 05.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

Not quite realizing that behind every exceptional woman there is a community of faceless and nameless women who have helped sustain her, the legacies of the migrant women from Puerto Rico, sculptors of today's communities in New York, are all but forgotten.

Women: The Unsung Heroes of the Environment

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Bianca Jagger

More than ever, as we face the challenges of combating climate change, deforestation, the melting of the Arctic sea ice, we will need these women: their skills, their wisdom and their knowledge.

'RuPaul's Drag Race,' 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Pay Tribute To Josephine Baker

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Just in time for Women’s History Month, photographer Lee Cherry, makeup artist Sutan Amrull (aka Raja, "RuPaul’s Drag Race" Season Three winner) a...

Mothers of Invention -- Women Who Made it Happen

Marlo Thomas | Posted 05.05.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

I don't know what you'd do on your 63rd birthday, but I certainly wouldn't climb into a barrel and pitch myself over the edge of a deadly waterfall. But that's exactly what Annie Edson Taylor did. Was she proud of herself for her act of courage? Absolutely. Would she recommend it to others? Hardly.

What Took So Long? Women's History From Those Who Made It

Martha Burk | Posted 04.27.2013 | Women
Martha Burk

February 26 marks the premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a documentary about how women took to the streets to transform society. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the series highlights women who have done extraordinary things.

Are You Better Off Than Your Grandmother?

Posted 02.21.2013 | Women

Rebecca Traister | Glamour Believe it or not, it’s been 50 years since Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique" hit shelves. The book is credite...