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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Women's history is the study of the role that women have played in history, together with the methods needed to study women. It includes the study of the history of the growth (and decline) of woman's rights throughout recorded history, the examination of individual woman of historical significance, and the effect that historical events have had on women. Inherent in the study of woman's history is the belief that more traditional recordings of history have minimized or ignored the contributions of women and the effect that historical events had on women as a whole; in this respect, woman's history is often a form of historical revisionism, seeking to challenge or expand the traditional historical consensus.

The main centers of scholarship have been the U.S. and Britain, where 'second wave' feminist historians, influenced by the new approaches promoted by social history, led the way. As activists in the women's liberation, discussing and analyzing the oppression and inequalities they experienced as women, they felt it imperative to find out about the lives of their foremothers -- and found very little scholarship in print. History was written mainly by men and about men's activities in the public sphere -- war, politics, diplomacy and administration. Women were usually excluded and, when mentioned, were usually portrayed in sex-stereotypical roles, such as wives, mothers, daughters and mistresses. History was value laden in regard to what was considered historically 'worthy'.


See also

The following is a list of issues in Wikipedia either about women's history, or containing relevant information, often in a "History" section.



Political and legal


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    It concerns the culture, knowledge, and references shared by various people by virtue of their membership in a minorities or their state of being transgendered.
  • Effeminacy
    Effeminacy is character trait of a male showing femininity, unmanliness, womanliness, weakness, softness and/or a delicacy, which contradicts traditional masculine, male gender roles.



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