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2021 JAH Women’s History Index

Tribute to Women in Arts Mural on an Overpass, Philadelphia. Photograph by Mike Leone. Creative Commons License.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are pleased to reissue the JAH Women’s History Index. First published in 2020, the index includes every article of women’s history printed in this journal since its inception as the Mississippi Valley Historical Review more than one hundred years ago.

Consisting of 154 entries, the index was created collaboratively by JAH staff. We limited our search to articles, an imprecise category that expanded to include roundtables, special forums, and presidential addresses from the annual meetings of the Organization of American Historians. For the sake of manageability, we purposefully excluded thousands of book, film, and exhibition reviews. Finally, to maintain a focus on women’s history, we also opted to omit many excellent works on closely related topics such as manhood and masculinity, or gender more broadly. Notwithstanding these guidelines, each staff member ultimately had to make tough decisions about what material to add to the index and what material to leave off. For these reasons, we consider the index a work in progress. We apologize for any inadvertent omissions, and we welcome recommendations for addition.

Year Author Title Link
1926 William Thomas Morgan “The Five Nations and Queen Anne”
1931 Bertha-Monica Stearns “Early Western Magazines for Ladies”
1937 R. Carlyle Buley “Glimpses of Pioneer Mid-West Social and Cultural History”
1940 Horace Adams “A Puritan Wife on the Frontier”
1944 James Harvey Young “Anna Elizabeth Dickinson and the Civil War: For and against Lincoln”
1944 Richard G. Lillard “A Literate Woman in the Mines: The Diary of Rachel Haskell”
1952 Russell A. Griffin “Mrs. Trollope and the Queen City”
1962 Robert E. Riegel “The Split of the Feminist Movement in 1869”
1967 Timothy L. Smith “Protestant Schooling and American Nationality, 1800–1850”
1967 Lillian B. Miller “Paintings, Sculpture, and the National Character, 1815–1860”
1968 John R. Betts “Mind and Body in Early American Thought”
1968 James R. McGovern “The American Woman’s Pre–World War I Freedom in Manners and Morals”
1969 J. Stanley Lemons “The Sheppard-Towner Act: Progressivism in the 1920s”
1970 Edward M. Steel “Mother Jones in the Fairmont Field, 1902”
1973 John C. Burnham “The Progressive Era Revolution in American Attitudes toward Sex”
1973 Carroll Smith-Rosenberg and Charles Rosenberg “The Female Animal: Medical and Biological Views of Woman and Her Role in Nineteenth-Century America”
1973 Kenneth L. Kusmer “The Functions of Organized Charity in the Progressive Era: Chicago as a Case Study”
1974 Anne Firor Scott “Women’s Perspective on the Patriarchy in the 1850s”
1974 Estelle B. Freedman “The New Woman: Changing Views of Women in the 1920s”
1975 Sharon Hartman Strom “Leadership and Tactics in the American Woman Suffrage Movement: A New Perspective from Massachusetts”
1977 William Graebner “Federalism in the Progressive Era: A Structural Interpretation of Reform”
1978 Winifred D. Wandersee Bolin “The Economics of Middle-Income Family Life: Working Women during the Great Depression”
1978 Anne Firor Scott “What, Then, Is the American: This New Woman?”
1979 Margaret Walsh “The Democratization of Fashion: The Emergence of the Women’s Dress Pattern Industry”
1980 Carl N. Degler “Remaking American History”
1980 Regina Markell Morantz and Sue Zschoche “Professionalism, Feminism, and Gender Roles: A Comparative Study of Nineteenth-Century Medical Therapeutics”
1980 Cynthia E. Harrison “A ‘New Frontier’ for Women: The Public Policy of the Kennedy Administration”
1981 Cindy S. Aron “‘To Barter Their Souls for Gold’: Female Clerks in Federal Government Offices, 1862–1890”
1981 Gary B. Mills “Miscegenation and the Free Negro in Antebellum ‘Anglo’ Alabama: A Reexamination of Southern Race Relations”
1982 Karen Tucker Anderson “Last Hired, First Fired: Black Women Workers during World War II”
1982 Joan Jacobs Brumberg “Zenanas and Girlless Villages: The Ethnology of American Evangelical Women, 1870–1910”
1983 James L. Leloudis II “School Reform in the New South: The Woman’s Association for the Betterment of Public School Houses in North Carolina, 1902–1919”
1983 Harvey Levenstein “‘Best for Babies’ or ‘Preventable Infanticide’? The Controversy over Artificial Feeding of Infants in America, 1880–1920”
1983 Susan Levine “Labor’s True Woman: Domesticity and Equal Rights in the Knights of Labor”
1984 Anne Firor Scott “On Seeing and Not Seeing: A Case of Historical Invisibility”
1984 Nancy F. Cott “Feminist Politics in the 1920s: The National Woman’s Party”
1984 William R. Leach “Transformations in a Culture of Consumption: Women and Department Stores, 1880–1925”
1984 Anne M. Boylan “Women in Groups: An Analysis of Women’s Benevolent Organizations in New York and Boston, 1797–1840”
1985 Eileen Boris “Regulating Industrial Homework: The Triumph of ‘Sacred Motherhood’”
1985 Jo Ann Manfra and Robert
R. Dykstra
“Serial Marriage and the Origins of the Black Stepfamily: The Rowanty Evidence”
1986 Nancy Schrom Dye and Daniel Blake Smith “Mother Love and Infant Death, 1750–1920”
1986 Jacquelyn Dowd Hall “Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian South”
1986 Lori D. Ginzberg “‘Moral Suasion Is Moral Balderdash’: Women, Politics, and Social Activism in the 1850s”
1987 Ellen Carol DuBois “Working Women, Class Relations, and Suffrage Militance: Harriot Stanton Blatch and the New York Woman Suffrage Movement, 1894–1909”
1987 Estelle B. Freedman “‘Uncontrolled Desires’: The Response to the Sexual Psychopath, 1920–1960”
1987 Ellen Carol DuBois “Outgrowing the Compact of the Fathers: Equal Rights, Woman Suffrage, and the United States Constitution, 1820–1878”
1987 Martha Minow “We, the Family: Constitutional Rights and American Families”
1988 Linda K. Kerber “Separate Spheres, Female Worlds, Woman’s Place: The Rhetoric of Women’s History”
1988 Amy Dru Stanley “Conjugal Bonds and Wage Labor: Rights of Contract in the Age of Emancipation”
1988 Ruth M. Alexander “‘We Are Engaged as a Band of Sisters’: Class and Domesticity in the Washingtonian Temperance Movement, 1840–1850”
1989 Maurine Weiner Greenwald “Working-Class Feminism and the Family Wage Ideal: The Seattle Debate on Married Women’s Right to Work, 1914–1920”
1989 John D’Emilio “Not a Simple Matter: Gay History and Gay Historians”
1989 Gerda Lerner “A View from the Women’s Side”
1989 Rowland Berthoff “Conventional Mentality: Free Blacks, Women, and Business Corporations as Unequal Persons, 1820–1870”
1989 Nancy F. Cott “What’s in a Name? The Limits of ‘Social Feminism’; or, Expanding the Vocabulary of Women’s History”
1990 Carolyn Merchant “Gender and Environmental History”
1990 Drew Gilpin Faust “Altars of Sacrifice: Confederate Women and the Narratives of War”
1990 Emily S. Rosenberg “Gender”
1990 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich “Of Pens and Needles: Sources in Early American Women’s History”
1990 Anne Firor Scott “One Woman’s Experience of World War II”
1990 Michael McGerr “Political Style and Women’s Power, 1830–1930”
1991 Leslie J. Reagan “‘About to Meet Her Maker’: Women, Doctors, Dying Declarations, and the State’s Investigation of Abortion, Chicago, 1867–1940”
1991 Joan G. Zimmerman “The Jurisprudence of Equality: The Women’s Minimum Wage, the First Equal Rights Amendment, and Adkins v. Children’s Hospital, 1905–1923”
1991 Elizabeth A. Perkins “The Consumer Frontier: Household Consumption in Early Kentucky”
1991 Linda Gordon “Black and White Visions of Welfare: Women’s Welfare Activism, 1880–1945”
1991 Mary Frances Berry “Judging Morality: Sexual Behavior and Legal Consequences in the Late Nineteenth-Century South”
1991 Nancy MacLean “The Leo Frank Case Reconsidered: Gender and Sexual Politics in the Making of Reactionary Populism”
1992 Stephanie McCurry “The Two Faces of Republicanism: Gender and Proslavery Politics in Antebellum South Carolina”
1992 Jodi Vandenberg-Daves “The Manly Pursuit of a Partnership between the Sexes: The Debate over YMCA Programs for Women and Girls, 1914–1933”
1992 Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz “‘Nous Autres’: Reading, Passion, and the Creation of M. Carey Thomas”
1992 James R. Barrett “Americanization from the Bottom Up: Immigration and the Remaking of the Working Class in the United States, 1880–1930”
1993 Joanne Meyerowitz “Beyond the Feminine Mystique: A Reassessment of Postwar Mass Culture, 1946–1958”
1993 Peter N. Stearns “Girls, Boys, and Emotions: Redefinitions and Historical Change”
1993 Margaret T. McFadden “‘America’s Boy Friend Who Can’t Get a Date’: Gender, Race, and the Cultural Work of the Jack Benny Program, 1932–1946”
1993 Norma Basch “Marriage, Morals, and Politics in the Election of 1828”
1994 Lynn Y. Weiner “Reconstructing Motherhood: The La Leche League in Postwar America”
1994 Nell Irvin Painter “Representing Truth: Sojourner Truth’s Knowing and Becoming Known”
1994 Mary L. Dudziak “Josephine Baker, Racial Protest, and the Cold War”
1995 Elizabeth Reis “The Devil, the Body, and the Feminine Soul in Puritan New England”
1995 Elizabeth R. Varon “Tippecanoe and the Ladies, Too: White Women and Party Politics in Antebellum Virginia”
1996 Mary Kelley “Reading Women/Women Reading: The Making of Learned Women in Antebellum America”
1996 Geral Zahavi “Passionate Commitments: Race, Sex, and Communism at Schenectady General Electric, 1932–1954”
1996 Susan Armitage “Here’s to the Women: Western Women Speak Up”
1996 Sarah Barringer Gordon “‘The Liberty of Self-Degradation’: Polygamy, Woman Suffrage, and Consent in Nineteenth-Century America”
1996 Oz Frankel “Whatever Happened to ‘Red Emma’? Emma Goldman, from Alien Rebel to American Icon”
1997 Kevin Boyle “The Kiss: Racial and Gender Conflict in a 1950s Automobile Factory”
1998 Nancy Isenberg “‘Pillars in the Same Temple and Priests of the Same Worship’: Woman’s Rights and the Politics of Church and State in Antebellum America”
1998 Susan E. Klepp “Revolutionary Bodies: Women and the Fertility Transition in the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1760–1820”
1999 Alice Fahs “The Feminized Civil War: Gender, Northern Popular Literature, and the Memory of the War, 1861–1900”
1999 Mary Hershberger “Mobilizing Women, Anticipating Abolition: The Struggle against Indian Removal in the 1830s”
1999 Alice Kessler-Harris “In the Nation’s Image: The Gendered Limits of Social Citizenship in the Depression Era”
2000 Beverly A. Bunch-Lyons “A Novel Approach: Using Fiction by African American Women to Teach Black Women’s History”
2000 Kathleen M. Dalton and E. Anthony Rotundo “Teaching Gender History to Secondary School Students”
2000 Pamela Grundy “From Amazons to Glamazons: The Rise and Fall of North Carolina Women’s Basketball, 1920–1960”
2000 Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz “Victoria Woodhull, Anthony Comstock, and Conflict over Sex in the United States in the 1870s”
2000 Andrea Tone “Black Market Birth Control: Contraceptive Entrepreneurship and Criminality in the Gilded Age”
2001 Ann Laura Stoler “Tense and Tender Ties: The Politics of Comparison in North American History and (Post) Colonial Studies”
2001 Ramón A. Gutiérrez “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
2001 Lori D. Ginzberg “Global Goals, Local Acts: Grass-Roots Activism in Imperial Narratives”
2001 Dirk Hoerder “How the Intimate Lives of Subaltern Men, Women, and Children Confound the Nation’s Master Narratives”
2001 Mary A. Renda “‘Sentiments of a Private Nature’: A Comment on Ann Laura Stoler’s ‘Tense and Tender Ties’”
2001 Robert J. McMahon “Cultures of Empire”
2001 Ann Laura Stoler “Matters of Intimacy as Matters of State: A Response”
2002 Catherine Badura “Re-Visioning Women’s History through Service Learning”
2002 Emily S. Rosenberg “Rescuing Women and Children”
2002 Sharon Block “Rape without Women: Print Culture and the Politicization of Rape, 1765–1815”
2003 Landon R. Y. Storrs “Red Scare Politics and the Suppression  of Popular Front Feminism: The Loyalty Investigation of Mary Dublin Keyserling”
2003 Margot Canaday “Building a Straight State: Sexuality and Social Citizenship under the 1944 G.I. Bill”
2004 Jane Dailey “Sex, Segregation, and the Sacred after Brown
2004 Danielle L. McGuire “‘It Was Like All of Us Had Been Raped’: Sexual Violence, Community Mobilization, and the African American Freedom Struggle”
2005 Ruth Feldstein “‘I Don’t Trust You Anymore’: Nina Simone, Culture, and Black Activism in the 1960s”
2005 Juliana Barr “From Captives to Slaves: Commodifying Indian Women in the Borderlands”
2005 Elizabeth Reis “Impossible Hermaphrodites: Intersex in America, 1620–1960”
2006 Linda Gordon “Dorothea Lange: The Photographer as Agricultural Sociologist”
2007 Wendy Anne Warren “‘The Cause of Her Grief’: The Rape of a Slave in Early New England”
2007 Andrea Friedman “The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking Race, Gender, and McCarthyism”
2007 Pamela Tyler “The Post-Katrina, Semiseparate World of Gender Politics”
2008 Rebecca L. Davis “‘Not Marriage at All, but Simple Harlotry’: The Companionate Marriage Controversy”
2008 Brian Steele “Thomas Jefferson’s Gender Frontier”
2009 Elna C. Green “Relief from Relief: The Tampa Sewing-Room Strike of 1937 and the Right to Welfare”
2010 Lisa Tetrault “The Incorporation of American Feminism: Suffragists and the Postbellum Lyceum”
2010 Joanne  Meyerowitz “‘How Common Culture Shapes the Separate Lives’: Sexuality, Race, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Social Constructionist Thought”
2010 Kirsten Sword “Remembering Dinah Nevil: Strategic Deceptions in Eighteenth-Century Anti-slavery”
2010 Katherine Turk “Out of the Revolution, into the Mainstream: Employment Activism in the NOW Sears Campaign and the Growing Pains of Liberal Feminism”
2010 Melissa R. Klapper “‘Those by Whose Side We Have Labored’: American Jewish Women and the Peace Movement between the Wars”
2010 Judy Kutulas “‘That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be’: Baby Boomers, 1970s Singer-Songwriters, and Romantic Relationships”
2011 Nora Doyle “‘The Highest Pleasure of Which Woman’s Nature Is Capable’: Breast-Feeding and the Sentimental Maternal Ideal in America, 1750–1860”
2012 Cornelia H. Dayton and Lisa Levenstein “The Big Tent of U.S. Women’s and Gender History: A State of the Field”
2012 Natsuki Aruga “Can We Have a Total American History? A Comment on the Achievements of Women’s and Gender History”
2012 Crystal N. Feimster “The Impact of Racial and Sexual Politics on Women’s History”
2012 Alice Kessler-Harris “Gender Identity and the Gendered Process”
2012 Ana Elizabeth Rosas “Seeing Ourselves and for Ourselves: The Infinite Potential of Women’s and Gender History”
2012 Elisabetta Vezzosi “Gender, Generations, Leadership”
2013 Kate Masur “Patronage and Protest in Kate Brown’s Washington”
2014 Julia L. Mickenberg “Suffragettes and Soviets: American Feminists and the Specter of Revolutionary Russia”
2014 Dorothy Sue Cobble “A Higher ‘Standard of Life’ for the World: U.S. Labor Women’s Reform Internationalism and the Legacies of 1919”
2014 Lisa Levenstein “‘Don’t Agonize, Organize!’: The Displaced Homemakers Campaign and the Contested Goals of Postwar Feminism”
2014 Emily A. Remus “Tippling Ladies and the Making of Consumer Culture: Gender and Public Space in Fin-de-Siècle Chicago”
2015 Rachel Hope Cleves “‘What, Another Female Husband?’: The Prehistory of Same-Sex Marriage in America”
2015 Kali Nicole Gross “African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Politics of Protection”
2015 Timothy Stewart-Winter “Queer Law and Order: Sex, Criminality, and Policing in the Late Twentieth-Century United States”
2015 Rebecca Jo Plant and Frances M. Clarke “‘The Crowning Insult’: Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s”
2015 Jennifer Burns “The Three ‘Furies’ of Libertarianism: Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand”
2016 Gloria McCahon Whiting “Power, Patriarchy, and Provision: African Families Negotiate Gender and Slavery in New England”
2016 Julie A. Golia “Courting Women, Courting Advertisers: The Woman’s Page and the Transformation of the American Newspaper, 1895–1935”
2017 Mike Amezcua “Beautiful Urbanism: Gender, Landscape, and Contestation in Latino Chicago’s Age of Urban Renewal”
2017 Alexandra Finley “‘Cash to Corinna’: Domestic Labor and Sexual Economy in the ‘Fancy Trade’”
2017 Beth Lew-Williams “‘Chinamen’ and ‘Delinquent Girls’: Intimacy, Exclusion, and a Search for California’s Color Line”
2018 Andrew Pope “Making Motherhood a Felony: African American Women’s Welfare Rights Activism in New Orleans and the End of Suitable Home Laws, 1959–1962”
2018 Kirsten Swinth “Post–Family Wage, Postindustrial Society: Reframing the Gender and Family Order through Working Mothers in Reagan’s America”
2018 Lisa Levenstein “A Social Movement for a Global Age: U.S. Feminism and the Beijing Women’s Conference of 1995”
2019 Anne Gray Fischer “‘Land of the White Hunter’: Legal Liberalism and the Racial Politics of Morals Enforcement in Midcentury Los Angeles”
2019 Ellen Carol DuBois, Liette Gidlow, Martha S. Jones, Katherine M. Marino, Leila
J. Rupp, Lisa Tetrault, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
“Interchange: Women’s Suffrage, the Nineteenth Amendment, and the Right to Vote”
2020 Nicole Etcheson “‘When Women Do Military Duty’: The Civil War’s Impact on Woman Suffrage”
2020 Joseph E. Hower “‘You’ve Come a Long Way—Maybe’: Working Women, Comparable Worth, and the Transformation of the American Labor Movement, 1964–1989”


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