Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

American History, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Women's Studies
Stephanie Ruesch

The Medal of Honor is America’s highest military honor, awarded by the President in the name of Congress for extraordinary acts of valor. First presented in 1863 to the surviving Andrews Raiders, Union soldiers who volunteered to commandeer the Confederate train The General, the Medal of Honor has since been awarded more than 3,500 times. The criteria and design of the Medal has changed since 1863, and today three variants of the Medal exist: one for the Department of the Army (awarded to soldiers), one for the Department of the Navy (awarded to sailors, marines, and coast guardsmen)…

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12 Female Firsts from American History for Women’s History Month

American History, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Tara Kibler

Women’s History Month has been observed since the 1980s as a way to highlight the contributions of women to society over the years. Let’s do just that with HeinOnline’s Women and the Law database by taking a look at some of the most notable “female firsts” in U.S. history.


HeinOnline is pleased to offer Women and the Law (Peggy), a database that brings together thousands of books, biographies, and periodicals that allow users to research the progression of women’s rights over the past 200 years. Discover primary legal and political sources as well as secondary scholarly analysis of issues such as abortion…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the “First Lady of the World”

American History, Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, U.S. Presidential Library, United Nations, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Tara Kibler

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is well-known for her role as First Lady to the longest-sitting president in American history. In reality, she was much more than that, demonstrating throughout her life that she was also, among many things, an accomplished businesswoman, a passionate civil rights activist, and a skillful diplomat.

This past Sunday would have been Eleanor Roosevelt’s 136th birthday. Join HeinOnline in exploring ten lesser-known facts about the unforgettable “First Lady of the World” with the following databases:

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4 Simple Ways to Research the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Women and the Law, Women's Studies, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

In 1914, a constitutional amendment for women’s suffrage—nicknamed the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment,” after one of its most ardent supporters—was considered by the Senate. The proposed amendment followed more than a half-century’s fight for legal recognition of the female right to vote, decades of which were characterized by suffragist conventions, parades, and arrests across the country. After numerous rejections, the proposal was finally passed in June of 1920 and ratified as the 19th Amendment on August 18th of the same year.

Today we celebrate 100 years since that historic day, and right on the heels of the third female vice-presidential pick by a major American political party in history…

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Secrets of the Serial Set: Susan B. Anthony and Women’s Suffrage

American History, Exploring HeinOnline, Human Rights, Law, Secrets of the Serial Set, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Women's Studies
Tara Kibler

This month, HeinOnline continues its Secrets of the Serial Set series with a consideration of Susan B. Anthony, her trial, and women’s suffrage in general.

Secrets of the Serial Set is a new monthly blog series from HeinOnline dedicated to unveiling the wealth of American history found in the United States Congressional Serial Set. Join us each month to explore notable events in U.S. history with the primary sources themselves. Prepare to be blown away by what the Serial Set has to offer.


The United States Congressional Serial Set is considered an essential publication for studying American history…

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“Heartbeat Bills” and the Push to Overturn Roe v. Wade

American History, Current Events, History of Supreme Court Nominations, Human Rights, Law, Law Journal Library, Medicine, U.S. Supreme Court, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Last week, the Alabama legislature passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the United States, which Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed into law. The bill would make it a felony for the doctors to perform or attempt to perform an abortion in the state (although the woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable). Other states, such as Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio, have passed “heartbeat bills,” which prohibit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is typically when a doctor can first detect a fetal heartbeat. These laws will likely be appealed, as many violate the undue burden notion of established federal law…

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means in HeinOnline

American History, Current Events, Searching, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March every year in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to honor the vital role of women in history. To commemorate this celebration, let’s take a look at the women who have paved the way for today’s generation, inspiring us to fight for equality.

Heroes of HeinOnline

There is not enough space here to highlight all the great women who have sacrificed and impacted our world, but let’s take a look at a select few and how you can research these women in HeinOnline…

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Time’s Up, #MeToo, and the Equal Rights Amendment

Current Events, Human Rights, Law, Popular Culture, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Kaylyn Zurawski

Is the Future Female?

In many ways, 2017 was a historic year for women’s empowerment in the United States. First there was the Women’s March for human rights, and then came movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo, which began in response to a wave of allegations of sexual abuse against men in power, from Hollywood to the White House. And while these movements have dispelled silence, increased solidarity, and brought forth a call for change, many say there is still much work to be done, and that begins with passing legal protections for women.

More than 80% of Americans don’t know women are not guaranteed equal rights in the U.S…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Affectionately Known as The Notorious RBG

Law, Navigating, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Kaylyn Zurawski

Her Team Supreme

On August 10th, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the 107th Supreme Court justice, making her the second woman and first Jewish female justice to sit on the distinguished bench. Since being sworn in, Justice Ginsburg has established herself in America’s history as a legend— and not just for her decisions in the courtroom. 

Ginsburg is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, where she tied for first in her class. Before she became a judge, she spent her career as an advocate for the advancement of women’s rights as a constitutional principle…

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