Settlement Houses and the Rise of New American Women

Settlement Houses first appeared in North America in 1886, inspired by the London-based model of Toynbee Hall. Those were community institutions that fit into the trends of their time and place: addressing the needs of the growing cities, with economic and social gaps between the poor population of immigrants and the newly educated and politically Read more…

Salem: From Witch Trials to Tourism Trails

Less than an hour drive from Boston, the town of Salem offers its visitors an interesting slice of history, mixing gender politics with mysterious tales – the infamous 300 years old Witch Trials. Among the most studied events in Colonial American history, Salem Witch Trials cost 20 people their lives and about 200 people their Read more…

Women to Women: from Boston Marriages to Girlfriend Getaways and Golden Girls

At home, in the office, or on the road, women created various ways of forming structural bonds with each other. The context and the motivation can vary, but in most cases, the result is the same: empowerment. Here’s a brief overview of sisterhood practices in the US. Historic Inspiration: Boston Marriage In the late 19th Read more…

The Many Mothers of Mother’s Day

The history of Mother’s Day holiday in the US is based on a collection of individual efforts across the country, delivered by several mothers (and one father), originating in active citizenship and becoming a commercial sales promoter. Mother’s Day at Arlington, May 10, 1925. Photo credit – Library of Congress. Mother 1: Ann Reeves Jarvis Read more…

Church Choir Singers Jump beyond Gender Inequality to Stardom

One of the most fascinating stories of the US music industry is the growth of Gospel – a genre which became a vehicle for feminism, merging the religious and the secular, the commercial and the political, and serving as a jumping board for many pop celebrities today. The magic of the gospel is now a Read more…

From Woolf to Wall Street: Paving The Way to Women’s Participation in Financial Leadership

“Woman must have a purse of her own” wrote in her diary Susan B. Anthony in 1853. At the time of writing those words, married women were not allowed to own properties or assets, and the famous suffrage leader reflected on this discrimination as a barrier to women’s liberation. Almost a century later, across the Read more…

Suffragists Taking the Streets on Their Way to the Ballot

A fascinating, diverse and at times dramatic journey has led the way to – what now seems to be obvious – women’s right to vote. What came to be known as the US Suffrage Movement, included different suffragists tactics – newspapers, hikes, and fashion – to win the support of the public and the decision Read more…