Celebrate Women's History Month With Biographies of Famous Women, Rights Movement Timeline on Infoplease

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Trusted Reference Site Features Articles on the Wage Gap, Highlights of "Famous Firsts" by American Women

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The theme for Women's History Month 2011 is 'Our History Is Our Strength.' When visitors to Infoplease read about the strong, unwavering women who have helped shaped our nation, they will agree with this assessment

Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Mead, Toni Morrison, Hillary Rodham Clinton: examples of just a few women from all walks of life who have contributed to the growth and development of our country. Visitors to Infoplease.com can celebrate Women's History Month 2011 by learning more about the many ambitious, strong and intelligent women who have had made significant contributions in the arts, athletics, business, government and science. The site features biographies of hundreds of notable women that explore the challenges they have faced, the accomplishments they have achieved and the impact they have had on our country and the world.

A special timeline highlights "Famous Firsts" of outstanding American women, including the first published female author, Anne Bradstreet, whose first book of poetry appeared in 1650, and astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson, who became the first female commander of the International Space Station in 2007. And political firsts of famous women leaders are featured, such as the 2008 election in which Senator Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win the New Hampshire presidential primary and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin became the first female vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket.

"The theme for Women's History Month 2011 is 'Our History Is Our Strength.' When visitors to Infoplease read about the strong, unwavering women who have helped shaped our nation, they will agree with this assessment," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. "The timelines, biographies and articles on the site demonstrate how American women have influenced the development of every aspect of our society, from the medical and business communities to government, the arts and science."

Visitors can discover the key events of the women's rights movement in the United States with another timeline on Infoplease.com. The timeline begins in 1848 with the women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., which eventually resulted in the formation of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and the passage of the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution, and continues to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act signed by President Barack Obama. The historic milestones in this timeline mark the progress of the women's rights movement from a political, social and economic perspective.

However, an Infoplease article on "The Wage Gap" demonstrates that while progress has been made, there is still work to be done from the perspective of economic equality for women. Visitors can learn more about the enactment of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and what has been done since then to close the wage gap between men and women.

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