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  • Online resource useful for study of 17th century literature and gender studies.
  • Biographies, photographs, and references concerning women asdtronomers, physicists, mathematicians, chemists, inventors, etc.

  • A San-Francisco-based, non-profit organization which "promotes positive self-esteem in girls and women of all ages, sizes, races and backgrounds through a spirited approach to media education, outreach and activism."
  • A resource devoted to women in computer science, from Carnegie Mellon. Includes sectionsnational organizations, a list of fellowships, and a directory of junior links.
  • A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. Part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior ro 1920. A selection of published works of fiction, poetry, biography and autobiography, and essays. Keyword searching within each work or throughout the collection. Works featured include Phillis Weatly, Poems the Narrative of Sojourner Truth and Harriet A. Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  • About.com directory of sites. "Uncover the history of African American women: the history of black women in America, from slavery through Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance and civil rights. Biographies, organizations, events and movements."
  • Digitized pages and texts of the writings of African-American women. From Duke University.
  • Provides a variety of annotated links to sites and information on the history of women in the U. S. labor movement.
  • Provides an annual list of fiction and non-fiction titles which "celebrate the authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers who create and produce feminist books for young readers." Archived from 2002.
  • The ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • "The Vision of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is to be the nationally and internationally recognized leader for multidisciplinary information, education, advocacy and standards in the field of reproductive medicine. The ASRM is a non-profit organization whose members must demonstrate the high ethical principles of the medical profession, evince an interest in infertility, reproductive medicine and biology, and adhere to the objectives of the Society."
  • This is an excellent website on American womens history, with a link to digital collections of primary sources.
  • "American Women in Radio and Television, Inc. (AWRT) is a non-profit, professional organization of women and men who work in the electronic media and allied fields." Their mission "is to advance the impact of women in the electronic media and allied fields by education, advocating and acting as a resource to our members and the industry."

  • Chronology of women's history in the U.S.
  • Guide to sources.
  • Provides bibliographies, biographical sources, historical overviews, journals in the field, networking tools, and primary sources.

  • American Women is . . . a gateway--a first stop for Library of Congress researchers working in the field of American women's history. The site contains a slightly expanded and fully searchable version of the print publication American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2001). The guide has been redesigned for online use, with added illustrations and links to existing digitized material located throughout the Library of Congress Website.
  • Website give details of the scope and content of the archive held in the Special Colelctions Department of Iowa State University.

  • News, articles, and discussion of visual art and feminist cultural production.
  • NYPL's Best of the Web Health directory compiled by the librarians of the Health Information Center at the Mid-Manhattan Library.
  • An annotated bibliography of books written for girls which reflect the roles considered proper at the time. Titles are drawn from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. With few exceptions, titles are listed chronologically within the various subject headings. at Duke University.
  • Extensive bibliography of books written in English and published since 1970.
  • Biographical essays, additional resources, and links.
  • An extensive bibliography of black American Feminist thought from across the disciplines.
  • Check this website for books about women and information technology.
  • Information from the National Cancer Institute.
  • Directory of links to resources.
  • An "online scholarly archive consisting of E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 (the onset of the French Revolution) and 1832 (the passage of the Reform Act), a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period." Poets include Lucy Aikin, Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld, Felicia Dorothea Brown Hemans, Mary Robinson, and Charlotte Turner Smith. From the Shields Library, University of California.
  • The Library of Congress has extensive and varied resources related to the campaign for woman suffrage in the United States. This selection of 38 pictures includes portraits of many individuals who have been frequently requested from the holdings of thePrints and Photographs Division and the Manuscript Division. Also featured are photographs of suffrage parades, picketing suffragists, and an anti-suffrage display, as well as cartoons commenting on the movement--all evoking the visible and visual wayin which the debate over women's suffrage was carried out.
  • "Catholic Women's Network, founded in 1988, is a non-profit educational oranization and tax-exempt charity fosters spirituality and personal growth for women."
  • "This site highlights and celebrates the contribution of women in the nuclear field."

  • Works by women writers and an extensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information. Browse by author, century, country, or ethnicity.
  • "The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) is a university-based research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life."
  • "The Center has a four-fold mission: to encourage more women and girls to study computer science and/or information systems and to pursue careers in IT to enable all women and girls to use IT comfortably and knowledgeably to assure that the richness and breadth of women's lives and concerns are fully represented and readily available on the Internetto foster research concerning the relationship between gender and IT.

  • This organization "assures that women veterans receive benefits and services on a par with male veterans, encounter no discrimination in their attempt to access these services, are treated with respect and dignity by VA service providers, and to act as the primary advisor to the Secretary for Veterans Affairs on all matters related to programs, issues, and initiatives for and affecting women veterans."
  • Federal government information site.
  • "The Great House and landscape at Chawton which Jane Austen knew well are being restored by a British educational charity, Chawton House Library, to be the future home of the Centre for the Study of Early English Womens Writing (1600-1830) and a unique collection of rare books currently housed in the USA. . . the Collection comprises several literary manuscripts and over 6,200 printed books, published between 1600 and 1830. . . . The Collection is particularly strong in fiction by women from around 1740, an area which attracts considerable international scholarly interest.
  • "This page is dedicated to the proposition that faith and feminism are not mutually exclusive."
  • Full text versions of classic feminist writings which "helped define Second Wave feminism." From the Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU).
  • "Descriptions of important contributions to science made by 83 women in the 20th century. These are documented by the original papers in which the discoveries were first reported. In addition there are historical essays and other historical documents not easily available elsewhere."
  • " The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination." This site includes the text, history, and related information concerning this bill.
  • Organization whose mission is "To promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries."
  • Features 33 women artists, each represented with a biography and samples of her work.
  • An exhibit of advice and conduct books from the past 300 yeas.
  • Interdisciplinary research tool for the study of women and gender in the ancient world.
  • Focus is on women and issues of gender among the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and other ancient cultures.
  • This database "contains information on collections relating to the history of women in Ireland from the earliest times to the present, gathered from public and private repositories in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. The Directory covers over 14,000 collections and sources and contains over 100,000 pieces of information from 262 repositories."
  • "This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to Katrina Thomas's photographs of ethnic weddings from the late 20th century."
  • "The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group." From the Special Collections Library, Duke University.
  • "A moderated E-journal, devoted to women writers, beginning in the 19th century, who wrote domestic fiction."
  • "This database provides links to World Wide Web resources useful for the study of women in early modern Europe and the Americas. It focuses on the period ca. 1500 to ca. 1800. Resources have been selected for their scholarly value by librarians on the Arts and Humanities Team of the University of Maryland Libraries. Materials range from bibliographic databases to full-textresources, images, and sound recordings. Most of the resources linked here are free. Some require a license for access."
  • This organization is a political network for pro-choice Democratic women. Site has a searchable database for women in congress and in state legislatures.
  • A collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing in English from the seventeenth to the ninteenth century. Prose, poetry, and drama are represented. Many texts deal with women, feminist issues, and the question of women's rights.
  • Directory of facts, short essays, and answers to questions concerning women's health.
  • EWM focuses on contemporaary women mathematicians.

  • Index "covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages."
  • The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture's bibliography of feminist scholarly works on sexuality.
  • "The Feminism and Women's Studies site, one of 44 websites hosted by the EServer, was first designed in 1993 by members of the Carnegie Mellon University Women's Center. One of the earliest women's studies websites on the Internet, our site has since the outset been very well known: today it is number 2 in Google searches for 'feminism' and number 4 in Google searches for 'women's studies', and is currently one of the most popular women's studies websites in the world, currently publishing documents to approximately 25,000 readers per month."
  • Contains news of the latest print and audiovisual resources for research and teaching in women's studies. Sample articles available online.
  • Information on Abortion, Crime, Jurisprudence, Law and Literature, Legal Theories, Pornography, Rights, and Other Topics.
  • "The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered."Provides an extensive gateway to reviewed resources.
  • The Feminist Majority Foundation Online utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically.
  • Directory of links.
  • This academically-oriented site is presented in English as well as French and Spanish, and includes links to many feminist topics.
  • Personal interviews with 13 women about why they chose carers in science.

  • B.B.C. essay describing how ancient Egyptian women's "ability to exercise varying degrees of power and self-determination was most unusual in the ancient world."
  • Links to materials relating to issues and debates in gender studies.
  • Contains links to current legislation.

  • "An electronic journal dedicated to the discussion of women's and gender studies. It developed out of gender Inn, a database for gender and women's studies providing annotated bibliographic records of feminist theory, gender and queer studies, feminist literary criticism and gender-related literature from various other fields."
  • "Gender Inn is a searchable database providing access to over 8,400 records pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on English and American literature."
  • Downloadable ebook.
  • A portal designed "to develop an information resource/knowledge sharing site for gender and ICT advocates, civil society organisations and policy makers that wish to be active in gender and ICT policy."
  • This site, "created by young women for young women", covers physical and mental health issues of concern to teenage girls.
  • "H-Women is an international electronic discussion group that has been set up at Michigan State University to provide a forum for college and university historians to discuss women's history." As well as threaded discussions, the site includes book reviews, course syllabi, bibliographies, and links to other resources.
  • "Healthy Measures introduces the concept of new ways for women to measure their health and also promotes new healthier measures or steps that women can take to better their health, without focussing on weight loss. Healthy Measures is based on a three-pronged approach of being active, eating well and being yourself." From the Ontario Association of Local Public Health Agencies.
  • New York Times magazine profiles profiles of 26 iconic women.
  • Numerous links to the life and works.
  • A chronology ranging from 776 BC till the end of the 20th Century.
  • "The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women's civic and political participation."
  • Website of an organization which "builds awareness of women's contributions to musical life through its publications, website, international competitions, conferences and congresses, concert promotion, and presentation, and through its support of entrepreneurial and publishing activities, scholarly research and publications, broadcasts, educations initiatives, and advocacy work."
  • "The purpose of the archive is to document the history of women's involvement in architecture by collecting, preserving, storing, and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners, and the records of women's architectural organizations, from around the world."

  • "The International Museum of Women is a world-class cultural and educational institution proposed for San Francisco. It will be the only international museum exclusively dedicated to chronicling and honoring the lives of women worldwide." Site features past and present exhibits, a newsletter, and links to related organizations.
  • "The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) was founded in 1954 with the goal of improving the health of women throughout the Americas. IPPF/WHR seeks to address the range of sexual and reproductive health issues that affect the integral health of women, men and adolescents."
  • "IWHC works to generate health and population policies, programs and funding that promote and protect the rights and health of girls and women worldwide."
  • Exhaustive compendium of links to primary sources in women's history worldwide. Divided into major historical periods, different countries and continents, with sections for general rosources, great women of particular times and places, the structure of women's lives, women's agency, feminism, women's oppression, and gender construction.
  • Full-text articles.
  • An exhibit featuring 16 distinguished Jewish American women.
  • "Jewish Woman magazine, a project of Jewish Woman International, grows out of the organization's mandate to serve as a resource for all Jewish women, regardless of age, geography, or affiliation bringing the issues they care about to center stage."
  • "An on-line, open-access, peer reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholars, activists, and students to explore the relationship between feminist theory and various forms of organizing."
  • Contains "profiles of diverse Latina women working at NASA centers across ou nation."

  • The full text of 260 League of Nations documents.
  • This women's magazine, "published in Shanghai from 1931 to 1937, was popular during a time of dramatic material, social, and political change in China. Today, the magazine offers researchers a unique glimpse into women's lives in Republican-era (1911-49) Shanghai. This site features Columbia University's collection of Ling long magazine, one of the most complete holdings outside China."
  • Digitized images of this publication, which "was published in the 1930s in Shanghai, China at a time when womens role in society, at least in that sophisticated and foreign-influenced metropolis, was in rapid transition." The magazine boldly featured "articles on fashion, interior decoration, pop psychology, and new careers and also advice columns on love, sex, and marriage, as well as lavish illustrations of local and Hollywood celebrities. The wide array of advertisements for womens products are often just as revealing of life and aspirations as the words of the text.
  • Online magazine on early modernism, dealing especially with women in Paris, 1900-1940.
  • "Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History, focuses on "feminine" spirituality as understood in a broad sense, practiced by women or by men within a variety of religious traditions."
  • The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture provides a brief essay and bibliography on the connection between Marxism/materialism and feminism.
  • Links to quality information resources, from the National Library of Medicine.
  • Comprehensive information from an authoritative source: the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to latest news, general overviews, clinical trials, diagnosis and symptoms and research and treatment.
  • Online resources for the study of Christian women's religious communities in medieval Europe.

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