History of Women

By history of women we mean the history of female human beings in general. Women constitute nearly half our lineage members, and a number of us will be much fond of tracing our female bloodline as the male ancestry. When a woman is married into a family she puts off her surname and comes up with a fresh set of ancestors with her — every offshoot offering intriguing possibilities for further probing.

Traces to locate female ancestors can often be had in accounts pertaining to their spouses, male offspring or siblings. The womenfolk are witnesses to important interfamily ceremonies such as a marriage or birthday, and as such their names can be traced out on certain legal documents. A mother’s name will be endorsed on a birth certificate. Search for a kid in your family tree with an odd middle name; it could be his or her mother’s virgin name.


Marriage accounts are the best way to hint at the maiden names of the bride and those of her parents. A church would often enlist mother’s virgin name in its baptismal records. Moreover, the information pertaining to a housewife could be had from records of census, in addition to other accounts such as their ages and occupations.

Similarly, people have been tracing maid and her mother’s names from the death records. Other useful sources of locating the background of a woman are will and probate records; this is because their parents / forefathers would normally name each member of their children in their will when they decided their property.

Likewise, when we talk about the social history of the women, their struggle for demanding certain measures of human and social rights applied to their gender becomes imperative. Starting from the epoch-making moments in participation in Abolition movements women developed a rising concern against male hegemony and exploitation. From the point of Timeline onward they had been active in seeking international recognition for equality.

Another significant development that came to the forefront was movement for Feminism. The history of Feminism traces its root as far back as 18th century.

With the advent of Reformation in 19th century further strengthened these movements. The earliest accounts on the ‘woman cause’ have questioned the marginalized role of women in social walks without saying that either gender was at a disadvantage!

In the United Kingdom, the Feminist movement started in the 1800s and remains in effect even to-date. In the earlier part of the 20th century, Beauvoir presented a detailed analysis of oppression on women. Between late 1960s and early 1970s, women movements in the United States considerably uplifted the general plight of the women in the Europe and Americas.