Preface


I created this web site because I wanted to make a contribution to Black History Month and I chose to repurpose a section of Judy Chicago's book, The Dinner Party, because it focuses specifically on women's contributions to culture. It is my belief that women's and African American's historical involvement in the United States is too often ignored, and therefore, I put forth this site as an educational tool for all those on-line who are interested in herstory. It is my hope that this information can reach people who may have not heard of this book or Ms. Chicago's artwork before. I chose to present the section on significant women of the 19th and early 20th century in the United States because this is a time in history that is incredibly interesting since it concerns the very beginnings of our modern-day civil rights movement. This text benefits from being repurposed into hypertext for several reasons: many more people can now access this important information on-line, the pages will have external links to more information about some of the women, and the visitor will be able to easily connect to any of the women's biographical pages from anywhere within the site. This medium is also perfect for the display of Sojourner Truth's artistic place setting, which was created by Judy Chicago in the 1970s.

 

 Sojourner Truth

  Mary Ann Shad Cary

 Frances Harper

 Maria Stewart

 Marian Anderson

  Prudence Crandall

 Zora Neale Hurston

 Harriet Beecher Stowe

 Josephine Baker

 Milla Granson

 Edmonia Lewis

  Harriet Tubman

 Mary McLeod Bethune

 Angelina Grimke

  Mary Livermore

 Margaret M. Washington

 Anna Ella Carroll

 Sarah Grimke

 Bessie Smith

 Ida B. Wells

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