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Women's History

March 01, 2000

Today, women are soccer stars and surgeons, astronauts and CEOs and secretaries of state. Yet 100 years ago, in the United States and in many other countries, women were not allowed to vote. With March as Women's History Month, explore the story of women's rights as well as the many important achievements of women throughout history through the direct links on the Times Launch Point Web site:

Level 1

Historia: Women Scientists in History: Hypatia (AD 370-415) was an ancient Roman mathematician and astronomer who invented several scientific instruments. Read about other women throughout history who have made important contributions in the sciences, such as computer scientist Grace Hopper and astronaut Sally Ride.

World Book: The Quest for Equality: Although an amendment to give women the right to vote was brought to Congress as early as 1878, it wasn't until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was passed. View archival photos as you read about the history of women's suffrage.

Women's History Month: Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about the achievements of 20 influential women from such fields as the arts, media, science, business, sports, politics and the military.

Level 2

National Museum of Women's History: View historic photographs and listen to suffrage songs as you read about the struggle for women's rights that began in 1848.

Women of NASA: Meet astronaut Eileen Collins, the first female pilot and commander of a space shuttle as well as other women working in the fields of technology, arts, law, sports, politics, space exploration, medicine, education, journalism and literature. You might even have a chance to chat online with some.

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Find out the story behind the first women's All-American professional baseball league started by chewing gum mogul Philip K. Wrigley in 1943. Check out team rosters, photographs, and articles about the first women in professional baseball.

Level 3

Created Equal: History of the Suffrage Movement: Learn how American women won suffrage and about the courageous women who led the struggle.

The National Women's Hall of Fame: The Learning Center: Who was the first African American woman to perform with the Metropolitan Opera? Find out about the achievements of women by playing the Name Game and reading the many biographies contained in the section, "Women of the Hall."

Women in World History: "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood," said Nobel-Prize winning scientist Marie Curie. Read about the lives of great women rulers, heroes and innovators from all over the world, with a special emphasis on those from the first millennium.


The answer to this Internet quiz can be found in the sites at right.

Who devoted 50 years to fighting for women's right to vote, but never lived to see the passage of the 19th Amendment?

CLUE: See Created Equal: History of the Suffrage Movement

Find What You Need to Know: Have a project on California history? Need help doing a math problem? Launch Point now covers more than 100 topics for getting your schoolwork done. Go to for the full list of subjects and direct links to the best Internet sites.

Answer to last week's Quest: Before eating a meal in Japan, you would say "Itadakimasu," meaning "I receive this food," to express your thanks to those who prepared the meal.

Launch Point is produced by the UC Irvine department of education, which reviews each site for appropriateness and quality. Even so, parents should supervise their children's use of the Internet. This week's column was designed by Karen Lin, Lily Ly, Brandy Peters and Anna Manring.

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