Sally Hemings
  • Where are all the Women?

    Until quite recently, the study of history has meant (mostly) the study of important men. Mostly, important western men.

    But what about the non-west? The non-men?

    What about the important women of history?

    On this page, you'll meet a slew of historical characters both interesting and important. Women of history have played no small part in building the world we have today.

    In fact, it's our opinion that women exist and always have; so, what are those accounts? And what does the story of the world look like when you put them at the center?

    This project exists to provide a total tour of history through that lens.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

SNAPSHOT France: Born 1412, Died 1431. Hero of France. STORY It was the Hundred Years War, and (to put it politely) France and England weren’t on the best of terms. By the time Joan was born, though, they did have a truce. Problem was, France wasn’t on the best of terms with itself, either. The royal … Continue reading

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

SNAPSHOT Kenya: Born 1940, Died 2011. Tree-planter, political activist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. STORY It started in rural Kenya where, like any other girl in a farming family, Wangari Maathai worked close to her mother and the soil – until her older brother managed to send her to primary school (an unusual privilege … Continue reading

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

SNAPSHOT Guatemala: Born 1959, Lives today. First indigenous recipient of the Nobel Peace Price; advocate for the human rights of indigenous peoples. STORY So, quick recap. You know the ancient Mayans? Think Guatemala: that’s their ancestral home. The Mayans hit their peak around the year 800 with a rich culture of kingdoms, trade and conflict, philosophers, … Continue reading

Murasaki Shikibu

Murasaki Shikibu

SNAPSHOT Japan: Born circa 975, Died 1014 to 1031. The world’s first novelist. STORY Murasaki wasn’t her real name. No one knows what that was. Rather, it’s the nickname her contemporaries gave her after the heroine in her novel. As a girl, Lady Murasaki was exceptionally intelligent; she also had no mother. Consequently she was … Continue reading

The Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary

SNAPSHOT Israel: Born circa 22 to 18 BC, Date of death (or assumption to heaven) unknown. Mother of God. STORY The Virgin Mary, being one of the most important saints in all of Christendom, is surrounded by many, many stories. Some are biblical. Some are apocryphal. Some are quite fantastic. Some conflict with others. Some are … Continue reading

Boudicca

Boudicca

SNAPSHOT Britain: Born circa 20 to 30, Died 60 or 61. Hero of Britain. STORY To set the stage, meet Prasutagus. He ruled a Celtic tribe called the Iceni people in present-day Norfolk. He was also Boudicca’s husband. Toward the end of life, Prasutagus made a will, leaving his kingdom to his daughters and also … Continue reading

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

SNAPSHOT Egypt: Born 69 BC, Died 30 BC. The last Pharoah; the end of an age; general, lover, queen. STORY Once upon a time, Alexander the Great conquered Egypt. He left his general Ptolemy in charge. Three centuries later, the Ptolemies’ power was waning, and Rome’s was on the wax. As his territory shrank, Ptolemy XII … Continue reading

Sappho

Sappho

SNAPSHOT Greece: Born 630 to 612 BC, Died circa 570 BC. One of the greatest lyrical poets of all antiquity. STORY Sappho was born on the island of Lesbos, which makes her a Lesbian. Not really in the modern sense. Still, Lesbos is where the word comes from, and Sappho was part of a tightly knit collective … Continue reading

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