Tag Archives: Women’s History Month





Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to
the Present” will again be free during March, Women’s History Month,
at orlando.cambridge.org/.

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Since last March we have added 2 new entries, plus a load of updating to accommodate new knowledge.


Thank you, Cambridge
University Press.



Isobel Grundy
Research Director, Orlando…

Discrimination – A Coat of Many Colors

March is Women’s History Month. In honor and celebration of Women it is important for us to stop and recognize all the freedoms we take for granted. Once upon a time women were nothing more than chattel to be owned, sold, and traded. Since then women have had to fight and negotiate for every privilege taken for granted by white men. Similarly, not all women of all classes, all races, and all orientations have been granted these rights equally. With that in mind, let us look at what we have accomplished and what we still need to accomplish.

Revolutinary Life Black Panther Women Tribute

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Margaret Sanger – Fighting for Reproductive Rights


Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger – The Brownsville Clinic Trial


Margaret Sanger was a leader in the reproductive rights movement. She made leaps and bounds in the fight for birth control and helped form the American Birth Control League, which was the predecessor of Planned Parenthood (“American Experience: Margaret Sanger”). Their goals and initiatives were to keep women safe and well informed. Sexual and reproductive health were issues that were not at the country’s forefront, and for that reason, 1/3 to 2/3 of mortality was connected with pregnancy. Planned Parenthood became essential to “maternal well being” (“Planned Parenthood”).

Planned Parenthood supports …

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – A History of Equal Pay


“If I were a girl,” Mattie McIntosh writes in the January 1888 volume of Woman’s Work, “I would have an aim in life.”  So many ideas rush to mind when looking at this statement.  Out of all of them, the most prevalent is probably this question: Were girls really not supposed to have aims in the late nineteenth century?  It’s strange to think of a time when girls weren’t encouraged to seek out a lucrative career or a passion that would translate into one.  However, now that we’re in the position where girls have mostly equal consideration rights, there are …

Marie Curie – Celebrating an Inspirational Woman

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Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Marie Curie is an inspiration to women aspiring to STEM fields, which are currently at critically low levels in America (“Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities”; Beede et. al.). She is best known as the first woman to ever be honored with a Nobel Prize, and won twice for her work in the fields of physics and chemistry (Pasachoff). The current crisis of women in STEM seems surprising given the fantastic accomplishments of women in these fields, but is nevertheless the harsh reality. In the field of computer science alone, the percentage of women earning Bachelor’s degrees …