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HerStory -- General

American Women's History links to biographical dictionaries, manuscripts, and historical sites about women in American history.
http://frank.mtsu.edu/~kmiddlet/history/women/wh-bio.html

BBC: History - Historic Figures briefly describes women and men from different centuries, links to more information, timelines, and related links.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/index.shtml

Discovery Women of the Century organized alphabetically, by category, and by decades, brief profiles and links to additional information about women who have had an impact these 100 years are listed.
http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/womenofthecentury

Female Ancestors offers links to women of the past and to other websites to aid in further research.
http://www.female-ancestors.com

History Channel's Women's History Month Exhibits offers detailed information about 31 women from history.
http://womenshistory.about.com

HyperHistory: Famous Women a timeline with hyperlinks to short biographical information about famous women throughout time.
http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/women.html

Internet Women's History Sourcebook This sourcebook attempts to present online documents and secondary discussions which reflect the various ways of looking at the history of women within broadly defined historical periods and areas. Ranging from ancient to modern history, great women of each area are cited.
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/women/womensbook.html

National Women's History Museum biographies links to biographies about women throughout time who have contributed to improving the quality of women's lives and, in turn, society. Sorted alphabetically and by categories.
http://www.nmwh.org/Education/biographies.html

National Women's History Project Biography Center offers a listing of several biographies of contemporary and historical significance and their profiles.
http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/biographycenter.php

Notable American Unitarians an online project of the First Parish and the First Church in Cambridge (Unitarian Universalist)
http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/unitarians/indexl.html

Notable Women Ancestors an extensive list of women. Their biographical entries are categorized alphabetically, artists, heriones, Native Americans, politicians, religious leaders, and survivors.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nwa

Phenomenal Women: Women of the Century learn about more than 50 women who have inspired us by words and deeds.
http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/womenofthecentury/phenomenalwomen/index.html

Sunshine for Women: Links Galore! links to individual and subjects about women, both local and international acclaim.
http://www.pinn.net/~sunshine/links.html

Women in History - Historical Figures offers profiles of the living vignettes of women from the past.
http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/figures.htm

HerStory -- African American

African American Inventors profiles 9 women and men and their inventions (provided by Brittanica)
http://www.inventorsmuseum.com/africanam.htm

African American Women provides links to accounts of slavery.
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/collections/african-american-women.html

African American Women Scientist Browse the Index of Women profiled by the Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences project: biographies and references.
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/lib/chem/display/women.html

American Slave Narratives contains narratives from former slaves that were interviewed between 1936 to 1938.
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/wpahome.html

Daughters of Eve Network profiles and links to 30 African American women who have earned achievement in the art, dance, music, literature, television, theatre and many other genres.
http://www.doenetwork.com/garden/education

Harmon collection Breaking Racial Barriers consists of a number of African American biographies (women and men).
http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/harmon

Internet African American History Challenge profiles 5 women and 7 men who made contributions to our country.
http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory

Linksto information on African American women, women's achievements through history and the international biography index.
http://metalab.unc.edu/cheryb/women/resource/biographies.html

Virtual American Biographies Over 30,000 personalities with thousands of 19th Century illustrations, signatures, and exceptional life stories.
http://virtualology.com/famousamericans.net

Voices from the Gaps an instructional World Wide Web site focusing on the lives and works of women writers of color. It is designed to be used as a curricular project and to allow readers to learn about the vast number of women writers of color including June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and Zora Neale Hurston.
http://voices.cla.umn.edu

UGA African American Studies brief biographical sketches of several key figures (women and men) in African American history.
http://www.uga.edu/~iaas/History.html

HerStory -- Ancient

Diotima serves as an interdisciplinary resource for anyone interested in patterns of gender around the ancient Mediterranean and as a forum for collaboration among instructors who teach courses about women and gender in the ancient world. A thorough bibliography lists biographies, various topics, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, religious and cultural issues.
http://www.stoa.org/diotima

Women Philosophers of Ancient Times Short paragraphs about various philosophers.
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/9974/old.html

HerStory -- Aviators

The American Experience Early Women Aviators highlights six pilots of the 19th Century.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flygirls/peopleevents/index.html

International Women's Air and Space Museum biographical information about women making history in aviation from its early balloon days onward.
http://www.iwasm.org/women_aviation.htm

Women in Aviation and Space History profiles more than 40 women who have participated and contributed as pilot pioneers, racers, and commerical airlines.
http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/aero/women_aviators/womenavsp.htm

Women in Aviation History Since the Wright Brothers took flight in 1903, women have made a significant contribution to aviation. The following is just a small sampling of the contributions women have made to the field of aviation. Provided by the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots.
http://www.ninety-nines.org/bios.html

Women in Aviation, International's History section a few links, but mostly one-line information about 26 aviators.
http://www.wai.org/resources/pioneers.cfm

Women in Aviation, Resource Center allows user to search for women aviators and access to books, biographies, and on-line information about them.
http://www.women-in-aviation.com/

HerStory -- Civil War

Civil War Biographies eleven women are amongst the biographies about some of the major personalities involved in the American Civil War.
http://www.civilwarhome.com/biograph.htm

Civil War Women web site biographical information, on-line archival resources, and information about some women involved in the Civil War.
http://odyssey.lib.duke.edu/collections/civil-war-women.html

Civil War Women biographies and stories about more than 100 women of the Civil War era. Profiles include information about how they lived, what they did to survive, and how they fought for women's rights.
http://civilwarwomen.blogspot.com

Remember the Ladies focuses on women during the Civil War who were spies, nurses, physicians, soldiers, writers, lawyers, and publishers.
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4678/kate.html/

HerStory -- Crusades

Female Heroes from the Time of the Crusades Included: Shagrat (or Shajarat) al-Durr; Eleanor of Aquitaine; The Women Left Behind; Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem; and Anna Comnena, Byzantine Historian.
http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/heroine.html

HerStory -- Gold Rush

Women in the Gold Rush diaries, stories, and information about women in the Gold Rush.
http://claim.goldrush.com/~joann

HerStory -- Hispanics (Mexican American)

Chicana & Latina Profilesnine women who are artists, activists, politicians, or leaders.
http://latino.sscnet.ucla.edu/women/profiles.html

Famous Hispanics in the World & History highlights the works and lives of women and men with Hispanic origins.
http://coloquio.com/famosos/alpha.html

Gale Group profiles 50 notable Hispanic American men and women who've made a difference in the arts, entertainment, sports, world affairs, human rights and history.
http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/bio.htm

Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822 - 1995 biographical information about women and men in congress.
http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/congress/contents.html

Hispanic Women in Leadership provides details about 13 women who have made difference.
http://www.hepm.org/womeninlead.htm

Las Mujeres links and details about 13 women who are leaders, authors, singers, or artists.
http://www.lasmujeres.com/

Making Face, Making Soul: Chicana feminist homepage paragraphs about many Chicanas, Chingonas...are those Chicanas and Latinas who have made significant professional, educational, and cultural achievements.
http://chicanas.com/chingonas.html

SACNAS Biography Project highlights 13 women scienctists of Chicano/Latino and Native American origins.
http://www.sacnas.org/bio/womenu.html

HerStory -- Indigenous

Native American Authors part of the Internet Public Library that cites brief descriptions of contemporary women and men, their works and tribe
http://www.ipl.org/ref/native

HerStory -- Medieval

Medieval Women biographies of Hildagard von Bingen, Joan of Arc, Julian of Norwich, and the Troubadors.
http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/

Dominion and Domination of the Gentle Sex: The Lives of Medieval Women briefly profiles the contributions of medieval women to the fields of science, commerce, politics, medicine, religion, arts, and other areas during the Middle Ages.
http://library.thinkquest.org/12834/text/bios.html

HerStory -- Military, Navy

Women's Contributions to the Navy Observatory details some of the key contributions of women to the US Naval Observatory in the early years. It's description begins by reporting gender based pay and opportunities for these early astronomers, scientists, and mathematicians.
http://maia.usno.navy.mil/women_history/moreintro.html

HerStory -- Military, Veterans

American Women in Uniform There are more than two million women veterans. From the American Revolution to Operation Allied Force around Kosovo, women have served in some way in every conflict. Not that they were legal in the early days. History tells us that thirty three thousand women served in World War One and almost 500,000 took part in World War Two. During the Korean era 120,000 women were in uniform and seven thousand were deployed in theater during Viet Nam. During Desert Storm seven per cent of the total US forces deployed were women - over forty thousand of them. So on these pages you will find the history and accomplishments of those women who have served this country - voluntarily - since it's beginning. Created by Captain Barbara A. Wilson, USAF (Ret). These pages were launched May 1996.
http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/ HerStory -- Politics

Women's Legal History Biography Project developed by students at Stanford Law School, provides pioneer profiles, biographical chapters, articles, and other information about more than a hundred women in the legal profession.
http://www.stanford.edu/group/WLHP

HerStory -- Rulers, European

The British Monarchy: The Monarchy describes the oldest institution of government, dating back to the Dark Ages. It existed centuries before Parliament.
http://www.royal.gov.uk./output/Page5.asp

Joan's Royalty in History information about European queens, kings, and nobilities.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~kvenjb/kings.htm

HerStory -- Rulers, World

Female Heroes of the Regions of the World Included are The Trung Sisters (Asia and Vietnam,ca. 40 A.D.); Empress Wu Zetian (China: Tang Dynasty); Queen Sondok (or Sonduk) (Asia, Korea Silla Dynasty); Sorghaghtani Beki (Asia, Mongolia:Genghis Khan); and Murasaki Shikibu (Lady Murasaki) (Asia, Japan: Heian Period)
http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/heroine.html

HerStory -- Slavery

African American Women accounts of slavery.
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/collections/african-american-women.html

HerStory -- Suffrage, Britain

The Emancipation of Women The Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia, British History, 1700-1920. A multitude of biographies about the women involved in the suffrage movement, the associations, strategies and tactics, reform laws, and a search engine are provided provided by Spartacus.
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/resource.htm

HerStory -- Suffrage, United States

75 Suffragists brief paragraphs about women active in the suffragist movement. Most of the information here comes directly from the wonderful 4-volume set, Notable American Women. If your interest is stirred by any of these profiles, check out the fuller biographies in this library mainstay available from the National Women's History Project.
http://www.mith2.umd.edu/WomensStudies/ReadingRoom/History/Vote/75-suffragists.html

Photographs from the records of the National Women's Party Photographs and profiles of members, activities, and events documenting the National Woman's Party's push for ratification of the 19th Amendment as well as its later campaign for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment are available. The online photographs span from about 1875 to 1938, including 448 photographs from the approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National Woman's Party collection, housed in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/suffrage/nwp/profiles.html

Votes for Women Suffrage Collection, biographies, documents, and information about this 1848-1921 US American movement.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawshome.html

HerStory -- United States

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HerStory -- West

Domestic West presents narratives of six women who made the westward journey using diaries and journals, letters, travel records, and memoirs to represent the voices of Eliza, Emily, and the more. Sorted by writer, topic, year, and geography.
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/hns/domwest/domwest.html

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame lists 149 inductees by name. Brief profiles are provided for the newest inductees and for deceased honorees.
http://www.cowgirl.net/allhonorees.aspx

Notable Women Ancestors - Pioneer & Emigrant Women profiles and tells the story of the tough, generous, and enduring women who journeyed westward.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nwa/pioneer.html

Western Women's Autobiographies Database the stories of twenty-five women are available to the reader. The list includes Mary Crow Dog, Angela Davis, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Katherine Anne Porter.
http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/389/noframes/front.html

WestWeb Biographies of 20 Western women (including Calamity Jane, Lucille Mullhal, and Dolores Huerta) are provided as well as links to western web sites.
http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/westweb/pages/women.html#Bio

Women of the West And Every Day Life Along the Trail links to biographical information about Calamity Jane, Charley Pankhurst, Sacajewea, women in the Gold Rush, Black women, and the Morman Trail.
http://www.over-land.com/westpers2.html

HerStory -- Witches

Witchcraft: 17th Century New England links to information with historical perceptions of witchcraft in Europe and the Americas, including methods of detection and the people who were persecuted, not with modern-day Wicca.
http://www.17thc.us/index.php?id=12

Notable Women Ancestors Witches has biographical information about 16 women who were false accused of witchcraft. Also provides links to websites with additional insights into the era of witchcraft.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nwa/witch.html

HerStory -- World War II

WASP World War II military history, women's' contribution to World War II, and to Aviation. biographies, photos, and a multitude of information about these heroic women.
http://www.wasp-wwii.org

Women Come to the Front Journalists, photographers, and broadcasters during World War II
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html

Women Pilots in World War II biographies are provided by the National Museum of the US Air Force, profiling women classified as WASP, WAFS, and WFTD members who contributed during this international conflict.
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1506