Woman's Sphere

Updated 12 July 2018

This is the beginning of what I hope will become a more extensive resource for researching the lives of females ancestors.  The resources below have helped me learn what a woman's life might have been like in previous decades and centuries.  As I find other resources I'll continue to add them, expanding beyond social history.  If you have a suggestion for an addition to this page please leave a comment.

Researching Female Ancestors
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors.  Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Women at Home, Women's Work
  • HEARTH:  Home Economics Archive:  Research, Tradition, History has a wealth of resources regarding the interests of women from about 1850 to the 1950s in the form of journals, magazines, books, bibliographies, and essays.  Read more detailed review here
  • Old and Interesting is a website that explores tools and other implements women used in and around their homes and farms in earlier times as well as how they managed household tasks.  Read a more detailed review here
  • Women Working, 1800-1930 is a Harvard University Library website which describes the site as "a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression."  Read my review here
  • A Housewife Writes.  Musings on writings about housework a century or more ago

Birth and Motherhood

Women's Diaries, Memoirs

Suffrage and Voting

Books and Magazines for Women's History including Titles, Recommendations, and Reviews

Women's Clothing and Fashions

I have not yet added any locality-specific resources but will probably do so in the future as I find them.

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