Dorothea Dix's papers consist of correspondence from Miss Dix to various people, as well as some correspondence in which Miss Dix was concerned, but not directly involved. Dix was an advocate for social welfare, particularly supporting the establishment and maintenance of mental hospitals for the mentally ill, disabled, or poor. She was instrumental in the proposed legislation of the "Bill for the Benefit of the Indigent Insane." During the Civil War, Dix was appointed Superintendent of Army Nurses. Much of the correspondence concerns Dix's efforts to bring lifeboats and other help to Sable Island in Nova Scotia, an area known for shipwrecks and where many with mental illnesses were sent, sometimes against their will. These papers are part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.
A brief biography of Frances Perkins, FDR's labor secretary and the first woman appointed to a cabinet position, from the center founded to promote awareness of her significance in history - the Frances Perkins Center.
A brief biography, from the United States House of Representatives, of Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Wyoming and the first woman elected to Congress and the sole Member of Congress to vote against US participation in both World War I and World War II.
Part of the Library of Congress' "Today in History" series, January 3rd is dedicated to Lucretia Mott, Quaker minister, abolitionist, and civil rights activist, highlighting her story with some digitized artifacts of her life from the library's archives.
From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a biography and discussion of the ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft, a moral and political philosopher, advocate for educational equality for women, and mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
"Teaching With Documents: An Act of Courage, The Arrest Records of Rosa Parks" from the National Archives helps teachers use digitized primary historical documents to teach kids about an important part of American history.