The National Women's History Project

In this guest post by Lianna Reed ’14, you can learn more about the digitization of the oral history collection held by the Special Collections department of Bryn Mawr College. As part of its work, is converting the audio tapes into digital files which will eventually be hosted on the Tri-College digital repository site, .

Wifehood and motherhood were regarded as women's most significant professions.

For the third consecutive year, the Women's International Center is honored to be featured as part of the Worldview Project's Spring 2017 Harmony in Action Cross-Cultural Non-Profits Fair on Saturday April 8th 2017 in San Diego's Balboa Park. From 10am until 2pm on the lovely Patio B (just left of the Casa del Prado Theater), several non-profit organizations will exhibit. This special event invites all interested potential future volunteers of all ages and interns looking for projects and opportunities to consider some of these finest non-profit international organizations operating in San Diego and beyond. Women's International Center and other organization leaders are happy to share information about how to become involved in our world-changing missions. to see the participating organizations.


In 1989 the proportion of women engineers was only 7.5 percent.

By the end of the 19th century, however, the number of women students had increased greatly.

Women’s domestic manuals were not only written by women, but many were written by men. Adams’s work addresses a woman’s character, duties, rights, position in life, scope of influence, responsibilities as a Christian woman, and the opportunities that existed that were unique to her because she was a woman.


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Since women rarely had access to health care in the 19th century, the manuals produced to instruct them in life also included instructions on health. Of particular concern to women were topics related to obstetrics and gynecology, which were often too embarrassing to discuss with male physicians. This book was typical of the thousands of home health care guides produced in the 19th century. Somewhat unusual for the time was its promotion of vaccinations against small pox.

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Daughters of the Samurai describes the journey begun in 1871, of five young girls who were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened leaders in Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as typical American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they became celebrities, their travels and traditional clothing exclaimed over by newspapers across the nation. As they learned English and Western customs, their American friends grew to love them for their high spirits and intellectual brilliance. The passionate relationships they formed reveal an intimate world of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they returned to Japan—a land grown foreign to them—determined to revolutionize women’s education. Based on in-depth archival research in Japan and in the United States, including decades of letters from between the three women and their American host families, Daughters of the Samurai is beautifully, cinematically written, a fascinating lens through which to view an extraordinary historical moment.”

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Building on the success of her earlier book Catherine Beecher teamed up with her sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe (the author of ) to produce this domestic manual. The book was dedicated to “The Women of America, in whose hands the real destines of the Republic, as moulded by the early training and preserved amid the maturer influences of home, this volume is affectionately inscribed.” In addition to the standard advice, it included recipes. It even gave instructions on creating “earth closets,” a devise that was half indoor privy, half composter.