"This update will not disappoint fans of the first edition published in 1996. It is a comprehensive, one-stop resource on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the continuous and changing role of women during more than three hundred years of American history. The recent publication date permits the entry on Hillary Rodham Clinton to read 'The only First Lady in American history to be nominated for elective office.' Unlike Notable American Women (Belkamp/​Harvard University Press, 1971-1980), biographical entries are only a part of this valuable resource. Women's organizations, court rulings, proposed and enacted legislation, and information on the impact of women in the political arena, the arts, health and science, education, sports, and the business world can be found in this user-friendly reference. The carefully cross-referenced index will guide readers looking for information on birth control to the entries on Emma Goldman, Griswold v. Connecticut, and Margaret Sanger, among others. Black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout the text. Entries vary in length from one paragraph to one-and-a-half pages. Suggestions for further reading follow each entry. The appendix presents thirty-eight primary source documents in chronological order and a list of congressional representatives and senators up to 1999. The bibliography is exhaustive. This resource will be useful in any library and will be helpful for students' reports, but it also will be delightful to browse." --VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

"Cullen-DuPont's engaging prose style [is] enlivened by frequent quotes from primary sources...An attractive and useful purchase for high school and public libraries..." --LIBRARY JOURNAL

"...[An] impressive encyclopedia devoted to women in American history...a worthwhile addition to any public library. Recommended." --REFERENCE BOOK REVIEW

"...well-written and informative...An excellent quick reference source...solid information in concise form. Recommended." --CHOICE

"New edition of a resource that pays homage to women's many contributions to life in the United States from colonial times to the present...Cullen-DuPont is the author of many books on women's history." --BOOK NEWS

The Encyclopedia of Women's History in America

by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont

A New York Public Library "Outstanding Reference Book"

An Alternate Selection of the History Book Club

From the Preface:

Since earliest colonial times, women have contributed to the life of the Untied States and all its people while striving to better their own situation. This encyclopedia is intended to bring together information about the organizations founded, the books and newspapers published, the speeeches given, the documents signed, the demonstrations and conventions held, the legislative actions proposed and enacted, the task forces and committees convened, and the legal rulings rendered--all in the course of "Women's History in America."

In choosing individual women for inclusion, I have not attempted the comprehensiveness possible in a work restricted solely to biographical entries. I have, however, tried to include the women who stand out, almost as landmarks but certainly as central figures, in at least one of several ways: As (1) women who have affected the general course of American history; (2) women important to the struggle for (or, sometimes, against) equal rights; (3) barrier-breaking women, the "firsts" to make their way into the professions and government offices once reserved to men, and the women who, following these "firsts" into these new territories, have made particularly significant contributions; (4) visionary women who created and/​or inspired lasting community service organizations, new public policy initiatives, and even religions; and (5) women who have made especially prominent contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of America. I have also and without apology selected some women simply because their accomplishments are pathbreaking within a particular community.

Copyright second edition 2000 by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont
Copyright first edition 1996 by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont

Photograph of opponents to the Nineteenth Amendment. Illustration from the Encyclopedia of Women's History in America, courtesy Library of Congress.

My Works

My Works

A global and historical examination of women's role in religion and religion's role in women's lives
An examination and analysis of this modern form of slavery
An anthology of women's voices
The most recent edition of this award-winning encyclopedia
Four centuries of women's legal history in America in one volume
The compelling story of women's struggle to win the vote
An award-winning biography for young adult readers
With an introduction by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont
Contributor to:
Two hundred trials, from the Salem Witchcraft trials to Rodney King; Kathryn Cullen-DuPont, contributing author
The award-winning CD-ROM project; Kathryn Cullen-DuPont, advisory board member and contributing author