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What is Female Hysterical Paroxysm?

For centuries throughout the Western world, a common medical diagnosis for women was "female hysteria." One of the most common treatments for this disorder was physi (MORE)
In Media

Victorian Fashion for Women

Today, the Victorian era is often looked at with nostalgic romanticism. The elaborate costumes of the period are appealing to we who live in a jeans-and-t-shirt era, and with (MORE)

Women of the California Gold Rush

In the mid-19th century, women had very few rights. But the circumstances of the California Gold Rush created unique opportunities for women, enabling many to make their fortu (MORE)

Who Was the First Female Lawyer?

Arabella Mansfield became the first female lawyer in the United States when she was admitted to the bar in 1869. She took the bar exam when only men were legally allowed to ta (MORE)
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The Rational Dress Reform Movement

How did women's fashion change from the restrictive corsets and heavy petticoats worn for centuries, to the more comfortable and practical clothes available today? The Rationa (MORE)