A Spotlight on Trailblazing Women

This fourth installment of the multi-award-winning Women’s Studies Archive program, Female Forerunners Worldwide, focuses on individual women and organizations around the world that have broken new paths in society through business, social reform, popular culture, health care, and more.

Covering over three centuries, the primary sources included span from 1759 to 2002. Key highlights include contributions of African American women trailblazers; nursing journals from around the world (including Britain, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean); popular magazines from Australia and New Zealand; and collections concerning the supernatural and crime.

This resource supports students and scholars working in the fields of women’s history, gender studies, and social history by enabling research on key topics such as civil rights, political activism, literature, women’s experience of prison and the justice system, medicine, work and professional representation, racism and slavery, spiritualism, missionary work, and periodicals.

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