Document Type


First Faculty Advisor

Jennifer Horan

Second Faculty Advisor

Jeremy Pearson


history; English; women's history


Bryant University

Rights Management



In supporting how understanding history through historical fiction affects gender relations, it is important to look at not only the studied value of historical teaching but also the history itself. The history of women, particularly women of color and other marginalized groups, is often neglected in the Public Education system globally. In higher-level education, educational gaps are not always addressed. Understanding what led to the core values popularly held in society today can simultaneously allow us to reevaluate them. This thesis examines three major periods in US history where women were negatively affected by the standards and beliefs of the times. It also shows what women have historically done to cause a shift in these mindsets. Gaining insight into this can serve to offer insight for women in modern-day society to continue to improve gender relations.