To begin don't forget to learn from the success of others. Many researchers and writers have gone before you and a search of the local library and online sources will get your started.
Learn from the success of others
Study how other researchers go about their searches. A golden rule for researching your women ancestors is to search everywhere, ask everyone and look in every possible repository, directory, search engine, website or networking site – think laterally, use wildcard terms for your searches and approach your data from every possible viewpoint.
My website www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au has several lists on women including re convicts, work, crime, immigrant and education. You are welcome to visit and download these.
This is a photograph of my maternal great great grandmother Mary Ann Partridge (nee Everson) with her daughters and grandchildren.