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Journal of Women's History

Editors :

Sandie Holguín and Jennifer Davis, University of Oklahoma

36 (2024)
The award-winning Journal of Women's History is the first journal devoted exclusively to the international field of women's history. It publishes cutting-edge scholarship from around the globe in all historical periods. The Journal also promotes comparative and transnational methods and approaches to historical constructions of gender as they shape and are in turn shaped by women's experiences.
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Journal Details

We invite submissions of article-length manuscripts (not exceeding 10,000 words including endnotes) accompanied by an abstract that summarizes the argument and significance of the work (not exceeding 150 words).

As the first scholarly journal dedicated to documenting the global experiences of women and historical constructions of gender, the Journal of Women’s History publishes articles based on original research that communicates compelling conclusions to a community of scholars whose areas of expertise span all time periods and all areas of the globe. The JWH also publishes reflections on those conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues common to women’s history. All articles should conform to the JWH Style Guide.

To submit a manuscript, please create an account at the Journal‘s Scholar One page,

Finally, please compose a thoughtful cover letter to explain why the JWH is the ideal intellectual home for this research. Upload this cover letter as prompted by the Scholar One system.

We look forward to reading you!

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

The Journal of Women’s History relies on individual or co-authored submissions for most of its articles. That is, the editors infrequently organize special issues where we as editors or through a guest editor solicit contributions. In the main, all articles need to meet our stringent double blind peer review process, with the final decision at the editors’ discretion. Each assigned editor chooses two experts in the particular field, who are asked to rank the article along five criteria: quality of research, quality of analysis, clarity of writing style (we encourage and work with non-native English speaking authors), originality and the significance of the article’s contribution to the international and transnational dimensions of women’s and gender history. In addition, reviewers write up a more elaborate set of detailed suggestions for revision available to the author (and can append a separate statement for the editor’s eyes alone). In this way, Journal practice encourages transnational and comparative histories consistent with the evidence. In the absence of a comparative dimension, however, authors are encouraged to make explicit the innovative methodology of the contribution. In addition, article arguments must be set in the relevant historiography to demonstrate the interpretive originality of the work.

Articles initially are checked by the Journal’s Managing Editors (more advanced Ph.D. students in the History Department) for word length and proper style. All decisions are made by editors of the JWH, including the decision not send the article out for formal review. If the article is sent out for review, authors typically are asked to revise and re-submit, on average two times. This revision process helps insure the highest quality research and writing by the authors. We usually consult several different specialists in the field for the revisions. Typically, it takes between a year and nearly two years from original submission to acceptance. Special sections in an issue (such as the upcoming short essays offering critical perspectives on the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment) or book review forums rely on the editorial skills of the organizer and are not subject to the formal peer review process.


Sandie Holguín, University of Oklahoma
Jennifer Davis, University of Oklahoma

Managing Editors

Allison Draheim,University of Oklahoma
Hannah Zinn,University of Oklahoma

Book Review Managing Editor

Tanya Szafranzki,University of Oklahoma

Book Review Editor

Jennifer (Jenn) Holland, University of Oklahoma


Christie Farnham

Founding Editors

Christie Farnham
Joan Hoff

Editors Emeritae

Elisa Camiscioli
Jean Quataert
Christie Farnham
Joan Hoff
Leila J. Rupp
Donna J. Guy
Jean Allman
Antoinette Burton
Leigh Ann Wheeler

Founding Board of Associate Editors

Susan Amussen
Sue Armitage
Margot Badran
Lois Banner
Susan Groag Bell
Mary Frances Berry
Renate Bridenthal
Cynthia Brokaw
Jill Conway
Nancy Cott
Natalie Zemon Davis
Jane DeHart
Estelle Freedman
Linda Gordon
Barbara Hanawalt
Barbara J. Harris
Dorothy Helly
Darlene Clark Hine
S. Barbara Penny Kanner
Gerda Lerner
Jo Ann McNamara
Linda Nicholson
Mary Beth Norton
Cheryl Johnson Odim
Karen Offen
Nell Irvin Painter
Theda Perdue
Elizabeth Israels Perry
M. Jeanne Peterson
Elizabeth Pleck
Sarah B. Pomeroy
Barbara Mercedes Posadas
Glenda Riley
Leila J. Rupp
Kathryn Kish Sklar
Bonnie G. Smith
Hilda L. Smith
Margaret Strobel
Susan Mosher Stuard
Suzanne Fornay Wemple
Joanna Schneider Zangrando

Editorial Board

Kathryn Babayan, University of Michigan
Gulhan Balsoy, Istanbul Bilgi University
Keisha Blain, University of Pittsburgh
Kristin Celello, Queens College, City University of New York
Howard Chiang, University of California, Davis​
Ashley D. Farmer, The University of Texas at Austin
Carol Faulkner, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University
Eileen Findlay, American University
Lessie Jo Frazier, Indiana University, Bloomington
Wendy Gamber, Indiana University
Liette Gidlow, Wayne State University
Charu Gupta, University of Delhi (India)
Karen Hagemann, University of North Carolina
Kristen Hoganson, University of Illinois
Margaret Kuo, California State University, Long Beach
Ann Little, Colorado State University
Michelle McKinley, University of Oregon
Lynn Mollenauer, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Sandra B. Sánchez-López, Universidad de los andes (Colombia)
Lorelle Semley, College of the Holy Cross
Diane Miller Sommerville, Binghamton University (SUNY)

The Book Review Editor of the Journal of Women’s History commissions timely Book Review Essays from leading scholars in the field. These essays highlight a subject or method that unites multiple recent books (typically 2-5). The Book Review Essays provide an enduring reflection on important turning points in scholarship, and signal major contributions to critical questions of broad interest to all practitioners in the field of women’s and gender history. Book Review Essays should be between 2,000-5,000 words long (excluding notes). We do not accept unsolicited essays.

Send books for review to:

Dr. Jennifer Holland 
Book Review Editor
Journal of Women’s History
c/o Dept. of History,
University of Oklahoma
455 W. Lindsey St., room 403a
Norman, OK 73019

Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur
    • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • Diversity Your World
  • EBSCOhost
    • Academic Search Alumni Edition, 3/1/1992-
    • Academic Search Complete, 3/1/1992-
    • Academic Search Elite, 3/1/1992-
    • Academic Search Premier, 3/1/1992-
    • Academic Search Ultimate, 3/1/1992-
    • Academic Search: Main Edition, 3/1/1992-
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    • America: History and Life, 3/1/1989-
    • American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (Online), 1990-, dropped
    • Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), vol.7, 1995-vol.22, no.4, 2010
    • Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Jun.1995-
    • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2000-
    • Gender Studies Database, 1/1/1989-
    • Historical Abstracts (Online), 3/1/1989-
    • History Reference Center, 3/1/1992-
    • Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), 1/1/1995-
    • Humanities Index (Online), 1995/06-
    • Humanities International Complete, 3/1/1992-
    • Humanities International Index, 3/1/1992-
    • Humanities Source, 3/1/1992-
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 3/1/1992-
    • Left Index (Online), 1/1/1989-
    • LGBT Life (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), 3/1/1993-
    • MainFile, 3/1/1992-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), 1/1/1995-
    • Political Science Complete, 3/1/1992-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
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    • SocINDEX with Full Text, 3/1/1989-
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/1995-
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    • Gale OneFile: Gender Studies, 03/1992-
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    • Gale OneFile: World History, 03/1992 -
    • General Reference Center, 03/1992-
    • General Reference Center Gold, 03/1992-
    • General Reference Centre International, 3/1992-
    • InfoTrac Custom, 3/1992-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Student Resources in Context, 03/1992-
    • World History in Context, 03/1992-
  • Gale In Context: Canada, 03/1992-
  • Gale in Context: High School
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  • OCLC
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    • Gale OneFile: Contemporary Women's Issues, 3/1/1996-12/1/2016
    • Humanities Index (Online), 1995/06-
    • Periodical Abstracts, v.4, n.1, 1992-v.22, n.1, 2010
    • Sociological Abstracts (Online), Core
  • Periodica Islamica, 1992-
  • ProQuest
    • GenderWatch, 04/01/1992-
    • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, Core
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Periodicals Index Online, 4/1/1989-4/1/1989
    • Professional ProQuest Central, 04/01/1992-
    • ProQuest 5000, 04/01/1992-
    • ProQuest Central, 04/01/1992-
    • Research Library, 04/01/1992-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • Social Science Premium Collection, 04/01/1992-
    • Social Services Abstracts, Selective
    • Sociological Abstracts (Online), Core
    • Sociology Collection, 12/1/2015-
    • Sociology Database, 04/01/1992-
    • Women's Interests Module, 04/01/1992-
    • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Selective
  • Taylor & Francis
    • Educational Research Abstracts Online
    • Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (Online)
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison * Women's Studies Librarian
    • Feminist Periodicals (Online)

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • Women Studies Abstracts   (Active)  (Print)
  • Family Index   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • GK Hall's Women's Studies Index   (Ceased)  (Print)

Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

0.6 (2023)
0.7 (Five-Year Impact Factor)
0.00068 (Eigenfactor™ Score)

Rank in Category (by Journal Impact Factor):
57 of 518 journals, in “History”
47 of 66 journals, in “Women's Studies”

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