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The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America by Julie Flavell (WW Norton, July 20th 2021)

Finally revealing the family’s indefatigable women among its legendary military figures, The Howe Dynasty recasts the British side of the American Revolution.

In December 1774, Benjamin Franklin met Caroline Howe, the sister of British Admiral Richard and General William Howe, in a London drawing room for “half a dozen Games of Chess.” As Julie Flavell reveals, the games concealed a matter of the utmost diplomatic urgency, a last-ditch attempt to forestall the outbreak of war.

Aware that the Howes, both the men and the women, have seemed impenetrable to historians, Flavell investigated the letters of Caroline Howe, which have been overlooked for centuries. Using these revelatory documents, Flavell provides a compelling reinterpretation of England’s famous family across four wars, centering on their enigmatic roles in the American Revolution. The Howe Dynasty interweaves action-packed stories of North American military campaigns—including the Battles of Bunker Hill and Long Island—with parlor-room intrigues back in England, creating a riveting narrative that brings alive the influence of these extraordinary women in both peacetime and war.

Pre-order The Howe Dynasty from Bluestockings Cooperative today!

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It’s Time to Complete the Story. 

Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.

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Articles & Features

We all can picture the Founding Fathers, gathered in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, debating what to do about tyrannical Britain, and finally signing their names onto the Declaration of Independence. But what about the Founding Mothers? Often the women of revolutionary America are entirely forgotten.

Fab Five Biographies

In celebration of Independence Day, this month's Fab Five celebrates five "revolutionary" women!

If we want our girls to benefit from the courage and wisdom of the women before them, we have to share the stories.

Shireen Dodson
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Many of us are not sure how to counter racism when we witness it and don’t know what to say when people we know downplay or trivialize the hate, prejudice and discrimination that people of color experience in our country.

Being an ally in the struggle for racial justice and equity goes beyond simply not being racist. We hope this list of resources help to educate and motivate you to take action.

Students and Educators

Discover our educational resources. Find lesson plans, biographies, posters, timelines, videos, and more on a wide variety of women's history topics. 

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New Exhibit Explores the Second Wave of Feminism

Much like the first wave that developed during a period of social reform, the second wave of feminism also took place amidst other social and political movements. Click to view our latest exhibit, available in English and Spanish.

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Upcoming Events


Letter From a Birmingham Jail: A Conversation with Mrs. Willie Mackey King

Join NWHM for a conversation with Mrs. Willie Mackey King about her role typing the "Letter From a Birmingham Jail"

NWHM [email protected]: Borderland, The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames Film Screen and Live Q&A

Join NWHM for a live screening of this special film in celebration of Women's Equality Day 2021 with scholar Dr. Linzy Brekke-Aloise answering your questions afterwards!

One Year Later: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Join NWHM, author Amanda L. Tyler and Dr. Melissa Murray as we honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Missing Waves of Feminism Symposium Series: The Third Wave

"The Missing Waves” is a four-part series that examines the “lost eras” of the traditionally recognized canon of the Four Waves of Feminism, including examples of early activism, the roles of minority women, and the impact of social movements.