Guide to Sources in Gender and Women's Studies

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Guide to Sources in Gender and Women studies 

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Location of Materials | Call NumbersArticle & Journal Databases | Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks | Atlases & Maps | Bibliographies | Biographical Sources



Location of Materials 

All titles listed in this selective guide are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) Reference Collection unless otherwise noted. The location SSHEL RCC indicates the item is held in the SSHEL Reference Circulating Collection. HPNL Ref indicates the item is held in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library Reference Collection. 



Call Numbers

Call numbers are groups of numbers and/or letters that classify library items by subject. Items are arranged on bookshelves by call number. The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) uses both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.









Culture & institutions

HM621-656; HM826





Marriage and family






Political institutions



Racial, ethnic, national groups

HT1501-1595 (races); GN495.4-498 (societal and ethnic groups); GN550-674 (groups by region or country-primarily traditional/small-scale societies)


Separation and divorce



Sexual orientation



Sexual relations



Social groups



Specific aspects of culture i.e. language, science, art, etc.







Articles & Journal Databases

Databases are structured sets of information, stored in print or online. Often, databases are online collections of journal article citations and full-text. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more.

GenderWatch(online). 1970-.
This database provides full text articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and governmental and special reports. The publications indexed focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. Contains archival material that dates back to 1970.

LGBT Life (online).
Abstracts and indexes a large variety of journals, newspapers, and monographs as well as provides full text for 50 of the most important and historically significant GLBT sources. Many of the sources indexed contain information relevant to women’s studies.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (online).
This resource is organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000. The collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history at the same time that it makes the insights of women’s history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 100 document
projects and archives with almost 3,950 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by some 2,150 primary authors.

Women’s Studies International (online). 1992-.
Indexes resources on women's studies and feminism. Indexes nearly 800 different sources from 1972 to the present. Journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, important websites and web documents, and grey literature are all included.



Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Background information can be found in reference sources, online or in print, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. Dictionaries contain brief definitions, usually only a sentence or two in length. Encyclopedias provide a more in-depth description, usually a few paragraphs in length. Handbooks contain descriptions that can be multiple pages and describe the development and future of a subject.


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Dictionary of Homophobia: A Global History of Gay & Lesbian Experience. 2008.
This work provides a comprehensive overview of homophobia and the condition of gays and lesbians internationally. The volume is arranged alphabetically and each entry contains a bibliography and list of related terms. It also contains a table of all entries included in the work as well as a selection of homophobic statements from print sources and public officials.

Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements. 2013. (online)
This book documents the liberation movement, which started in 1969, and continues on to present day. It is a research tool for those interested in the issues and conflicts that play a role in the movements. It also discusses significant people, organizations, and events that helped further the movement. A list of acronyms, abbreviations, and a chronology of events is also included.


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Battleground: Women, Gender, and Sexuality. 2 vols. 2008. 
This two volume set is designed to give the reader an accessible reference to the most controversial issues and debates pertaining to women’s lives, gender, and sexuality. Its 97 entries reflect the large and diverse field of women’s studies. Each entry gives a concise background and history of the issue as well as a list for further readings. Also includes a bibliography and an index.

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Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia. 2 vols. 2010. 
This two-volume encyclopedia explores the ever-changing aspects of boys’ identities and notions of masculinity. Entries are arranged by topic, including identity, health, and a variety of media, music, and technology representations. Each of the 167 entries is signed and contains a list of references. Volume 2 contains a selected bibliography and an index.

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Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body. 2 vols. 2008.  
This encyclopedia provides cultural histories of various internal and external human body parts. Some entries have a focus on United States culture while others have an international focus. Entries are arranged alphabetically by body part and each contains a section on further reading and a bibliography. Selected entries have illustrations. Volume 1 contains entries A through L as well as a
chronology of significant events in the cultural history of the human body. Volume 2 contains entries M through Z and a comprehensive index for both volumes.

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Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories. 2000.
Focuses on the second-wave of feminism that began in the 1960s.   Emphasis is placed on the English world, but also includes some aspects of French feminist theory.

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Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. 2009. (online)
This two volume set provides articles on gender scholarship within areas of social research from the individual to the global level. Entries are arranged alphabetically by subject and each entry contains a cross-referenced list of related subjects along with references. Both volumes include a comprehensive list of entries. Volume 2 includes an index to both volumes.

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Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence2 vols. 2008. (online)
This encyclopedia is a multidisciplinary work providing critical analysis of interpersonal violence, a topic of study that includes war, genocide, terrorism, and rape of women as a weapon of war. The encyclopedia provides theoretical explanations, information on different forms of interpersonal violence and their incidence and prevalence, public policy initiatives, and prevention and intervention strategies. Entries are listed alphabetically, provide cross-references to other related entries, and include sources for further reading and research. Volume 2 contains index and appendices with statistical data on interpersonal violence, regional and national organizations specializing in various dimensions of interpersonal violence, and relevant websites.

306.7403 En192
Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work. 2 vols. 2006. (online)
This encyclopedia includes 341 entries on social, cultural, geographic, and medical topics related to prostitution. Entry topics range over time from antiquity to the present and address all regions of the world, with emphasis on the West and the past 250 years. Most entries include cross-references and suggested further readings.  Appendices provide primary sources on topics; poems and song lyrics; documents by sex workers; and legal documents and commentary.

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender.  2007. (online)
In this four-volume online edition, topics addressed include sex and gender at the personal and social level, issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation, sexuality and the body, and social institutions and the structures of representation.

The Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World’s Cultures. 2 vols. 2003. (online)
This encyclopedia provides a comparative perspective on issues involving conceptions of gender, gender differences, gender roles, relationships between the genders, and sexuality. It includes chapters arranged under topical sections and under various cultures.

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Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics. 2008.
Containing over 700 entries arranged alphabetically, this single volume covers the people, issues, and events involving women in U.S. politics. Broad topics are cross-referenced with related key events and people. Includes a biography of every woman who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Most entries include suggestions for further reading. The audience is high-school and junior college students, but is suitable for anyone looking for introductory information on this subject. Appendices include a chronology of highlights in women’s political history, as well as statistics and primary documents. Includes a bibliography and index.

Q. 305.403 En192
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender.
 2 vols. 2001. (online)
This two-volume set is arranged alphabetically and covers many topics exploring current research and scholarship conducted on the psychology of women and gender.  Attention is given to differences between males and females, and also differences between diverse women.

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Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. 6 vols. 2003-2007. 

The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures is an interdisciplinary 6 volume set that brings together the work of over 1,000 scholars writing on women, Muslim and non-Muslim, in areas of the world where there have been significant Muslim populations. Each volume is organized by theme and region. Each volume has its own index, and volume 6 is a cumulative index for the entire set. Topics covered include research methodologies, family and law, sexuality, economics, education, and representations of women in Islamic cultures. A bibliography of writings on women and Islamic cultures is included in volume 1.

Q.305.4097303 En198 (HPLN Ref)
Encyclopedia of Women in American History.  3 vols. 2002. 
This three-volume set is divided as follows: v. 1. Colonization, revolution, and the new nation, 1585; v. 2. Civil War, western expansion, and industrialization, 1820-1900; v. 3. Suffrage, world war, and modern times, 1900-present. Shorter entries are biographical and topical. Longer articles analyze and interpret developments in women’s history from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century.

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Encyclopedia of Women’s Health. 2004. 
Provides A to Z coverage of important issues affecting women’s health from AIDS to violence.  Entries are written from medical, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, historical and legal perspectives.  Of note is the special focus on some issues as they apply to minority women, rural women, the elderly, and other underserved populations.

From Suffrage to the Senate: An Encyclopedia of American Women in Politics.  2006. (online)
This online resource chronicles the American women’s quest for political power and social equality. It covers the individuals, organizations, movements, and other legislative and legal milestones that have altered political history. The work includes biographies of women who have served in the Senate and House of Representatives, the judiciary, and the U.S. cabinet. Volume two contains a special documents section of texts and speeches, statistics, and a chronology of women’s political progress over the past 150 years. Also includes biographical references and a comprehensive index. See also The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866-1928. 2001 (324.6230941 C856w) which profiles 400 individuals and 800 organizations involved with the women’s suffrage movement from the 1860s to 1920s in Britain.

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Gay Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia. 2000.
This volume presents information on important gay issues.  Includes topical and biographical entries; biographical entries profile both historical and contemporary figures, but only famous individuals are included.  Each entry is extensively cross-referenced and includes a bibliography.

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Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia.  2007. 
Divided into two volumes, this resource explores current issues in gender and education. Its entries consist of articles prepared specifically for this publication. Articles are divided into ten subject areas covering such topics as gendered theories in education, curricular issues, teaching, and educational policies. To facilitate research, each article also cross-references other relevant articles within the encyclopedia. There is also a comprehensive index in volume two.

305.235203 G443
Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia. 2 vols. 2008. 

This two volume set contains more than 250 entries which address topics concerning girl culture ranging form the 1920s to the present. Most entries contain a list for further readings as well as cross references. The encyclopedia is divided into three parts: the first part is an introductory chapter which gives an overview of girl culture. The second part is titled “Studying Girl Culture: A Reader’s Guide” and contains a series of critical essays on different aspects of girl culture. The third and final part is the alphabetical entries on girl culture topics. Includes and index.

306.703 G856
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, & Sexuality Through History
6 vols. 2008.(online)
This 6 volume set explores the ideas, attitudes, and practices of institutions, legislation, religious belief, art, and literature, as well as important individuals and ideas, relating to various aspects of love, courtship, and sexuality.  Each volume represents a different historical period.  Individual volumes include a selected bibliography, some arranged by culture, an index, and information about contributors.  Each entry also includes suggestions for further reading.

305.42 G856
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide. 6 vols. 2003.  
This 6-volume encyclopedia attempts to convey an accurate picture of women’s lives in 138 nations from 6 geographical regions: Asia and Oceana, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Entries are organized by nation and follow a uniform format throughout that gives a profile of the nation, an overview of women’s issues, and a more detailed discussion of other key issues including education, health, and violence. Entries are signed and include visual aids such as maps and photographs. Each entry also contains a research guide with a bibliography and suggested reading lists that include print, web, video, and organizational resources. Each volume contains an introduction and user guide for the series, as well as a volume-specific introduction and index, as well as a glossary when necessary. Complete index in Sub-Saharan Africa.

363.96097303 H629 (HPLN Ref)
Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States. 2002. (online)
This e-book provides an interdisciplinary introduction to a variety of topics related to American women’s reproductive rights. Not only does it discuss reproductive rights in relation to race, class, sexuality, and disability, it also tries to reflect the diversity of opinions surrounding issues of reproductive rights. Individual topics are explored in a variety of contexts and controversial terminology is used interchangeably when appropriate. Each entry is signed and contains resources for further reading. Entries are arranged alphabetically and indexed by topic. Also contains an index of court cases regarding reproductive rights.

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International Encyclopedia of Women’s Suffrage. 2000.

Demonstrates “the international dimensions of the demand for women’s rights to vote.”  Focuses on the U.S and the U.K, but a number of other countries are also mentioned.  Entries range from half of a page to a page in length, include images, and are cross-referenced with “see also.”  Provides a useful chronology that lists the year women obtained full suffrage in individual countries.

Q. 306.7660973 L599 (HPLN Ref and UGL)
LGBT:  Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America . 3 vols. 2004. 
“Brings together and focuses on different kinds of knowledge about sexualities and genders” and “covers more than 400 years of historical development” in the United States. Organized alphabetically, entries are biographical and topical in nature, and include bibliographic references and cross-references.  Provides a chronology of major developments from 1566-2003, and a directory of LGBT libraries and archives in the U.S. and Canada.

306.76 L599 v.1-3
LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. 3 vols. 2009.
This interdisciplinary three volume set traces the history of the LGBTQ movement within the United States. Focused specifically on developments of the past 60 years, this set covers historical figures and events, and the impact of the LGBTQ population on culture and the arts, medicine, and law. The entries are arranged alphabetically. Each entry includes references for future research. Each volume has an alphabetical listing of entries at the start, and Volume 3 contains a comprehensive index.

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Lesbian Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia. 2000.

Arranged in the same manner as Gay Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia, this volume focuses on lesbian history and culture.

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Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. 2006.

This volume covers gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life and culture post- 1945 with a strong international approach. Includes list of entries by theme, or subject, as well as an alphabetical list of entries. Appendix A includes a listing of archives of GLBT material for further research, appendix B charts international sex laws, and appendix C compiles international political and community organizations. Of use for the general student as well as the specialized researcher.

Q. 305.403 R765
Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge. 4 vols. 2000.

This four-volume encyclopedia focuses on ideas and actions in relation to women and does not contain biographical entries. It consists of 13 thematic categories: 1. Arts and Literature 2. Culture and Communication 3. Ecology and the Environment 4. Economy and Development 5. Education 6. Health, Reproduction and Sexuality 7. History and Philosophy of Feminism 8. Households and Families 9. Politics and the State 10. Religion and Spirituality 11. Science and Technology 12. Violence and peace 13. Women’s Studies. Articles are arranged in an alphabetical order across themes.

Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, And Recovery. 2013. (online)
The preface of this two volume set states that “most entries have focused on heterosexual sexual violence since most of the available research still focuses on such. We also know, however, that males can be victims and that females can be perpetrators and that violence can occur between the same gender. Hence, several entries cover these topics” (xx). Entries range from drug abuse to ethics to intersections with other forms of abuse to legal responses to theory. Each entry is signed, provides references to other entries, and lists further readings.

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The Women’s Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third-Wave Feminism. 2 vols. 2006.

This two-volume set provides information about the “third-wave” of the women’s movement which began in 1991. Volume one consists of 200 A-Z entries, which focus on U.S pop culture. Thirty-seven of the 200 entries are biographical and cover a diverse range of individuals. Volume two contains primary documents, mostly "nonfiction pieces from crucial books and magazines."

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Youth, Education, and Sexualities: An International Encyclopedia.
 2 vols. 2005. 
This two-volume set provides information on “current research, policy, and practice regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth throughout the world but primarily in the United States.”  Includes 250 entries with references. Entries cover issues such as suicide; counseling; gay-straight alliances; popular culture; racism; prostitution; HIV education; pregnancy; fraternities; and gender roles.


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Gay and Lesbian Americans and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook. 2002.

 “Provides an overview and analyses of the LGBT political participation in four crucial spheres of protest, social movement, electoral politics, and public office.”   Individual chapters cover gay and lesbian participation in electoral politics, protest politics, social movements, interest groups, and political office-holding.  Entries cover important people, laws, and terms.  Includes a directory of organizations and a chronology of major events that covers the dates 1920 to 2002.

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Literature: A Genre Guide. 2008.
This volume provides a general reading guide to adult GLBT fiction. Works are arranged in chapters according to subgenre and each entry includes a bibliographic citation, annotation, symbol noting whether it is of interest to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, or transgendered readers, award received, subject headings, and read-alikes. A chapter on the history of GLBT literature and a chapter on collection development and readers’ advisory in the genre are included. Also contains a bibliography, author/title index, and subject index.

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Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: A Documentary History. 2003.

Tells the history of the fight for Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States through primary documents.  Key primary documents include speeches, letters, congressional testimony, court decisions, government reports, biographical accounts, position papers, statutes, and news stories. Arranged in chronological order and grouped together under general historical themes, this source includes documents both for and against gay and lesbian rights.

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Gender: The Key Concepts. 2013.
This volume provides an introduction to the major theories and concepts in gender studies. Each of the 37 entries provides a critical definition of the subject, written by an expert in the field, and examines its genesis, usage and major contributors. Taking an interdisciplinary and global view of gender studies, concepts include: agency, body, class, diaspora, feminist politics, gender identity, heteronormativity, performativity, reflexivity, subjectivity. With cross referencing and further reading provided throughout the text, this volume explores the relationships between different aspects of the field defined as gender studies. Includes bibliography and index.

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Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook. 2010.
This two-volume handbook contains 101 entries exploring the role of women within the interdisciplinary context of leadership studies. Entries are arranged thematically, first more generally in articles exploring feminist theory, history, social movements, and global studies, then in sections dedicated to exploring female leadership in various professional fields, such as business, religion, academia, sports, and the media, among other fields. Sections also begin with an overview of leadership in each area. Articles are signed and contain lists of references and further reading. Index.

Q.306.7072 H191 2011
Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures. 3rd ed. 2011.
Contains descriptions, sample questions, and acquisition information for over 200 tests, questionnaires, and scales that measure sexuality and related beliefs, behaviors, and topics, including 100 new and updated entries for the 3rd edition. Each entry is written by the test’s author(s) and contains a list of references, as well as contact information for the author(s). Entries are arranged by topic and cover areas such as birth control, identity, and abuse. Includes a list of the scales included (arranged by lead author’s last name) and an index.

Handbook of the Sociology of Gender. 2006(online)
This book is divided into four sections.  The first section, called Basic Issues, examines gender theory, feminist episternology, and gender differences and similarities.  The second section, called Macro-structures and Processes, consists of seven chapters with topics such as comparative gender stratification, gender and migration, poverty, gender movements, gender organizations and gender in cultures.  Section three, called Micro-structures and Processes, addresses topics such as gender socialization, gender and social roles, gender and interaction and gender violence and harassment.  The final section consists of thirteen chapters that look at the relationship between gender and social institutions. Includes an index.

Q. 305.40973 H629 (Main Reference)
A History of Women in the United States: State-by-State Reference.
4 vols. 2004. 
This four-volume set is organized alphabetically by state. Short profiles for each state provide brief accounts of important women within that state.  Includes a list of prominent places in each state that played a crucial role in women's history.  Includes visual materials such as state maps, timelines, and photographs. An appendix provides a chronology (1530-2003), a number of primary documents, statistical tables, and a general bibliography.

International Handbook on the Demography of Sexuality. 2013. (online)
This volume attempts to bridge the information gap in sexuality for the field of demography (the statistical study of human populations).This e-book is broken into five parts: introduction and overview to demography of sexuality, sexual practices in the global picture, sexual practices across the life course, sexual identities, and applying demographies of sexuality to policy. Each chapter is signed. Includes index.

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The Little Data Book on Gender. 2013
The Little Data Book on Gender 2013 is a quick reference for users interested in gender statistics. It presents gender-disaggregated data for more than 200 countries in a straightforward, country-by-country reference on demography, education, health, labor force, political participation, and the Millennium Development Goals. Summary pages that cover regional and income group aggregates are also included, as well as a glossary.

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The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism. 2001.

This source is divided into two parts. Part I consists of four essay that give an “overview of the development of feminist thought in Great Britain and America, and examine the impact of the theories and ideas on various areas of culture.”  Part II provides information about feminism’s most prominent thinkers, activists, performers and writers.

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Sex and Sexuality. 3 vols. 2006. 

The articles in this three volume set investigate the roles of biological, sociocultural and psychological factors in human sexuality. Chapters provide detailed overviews of topics, including recent scholarship and trends, and conclude with bibliographies and avenues for further research.

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Women and Politics around the World: A Comparative History and Survey. 2 vols. 2009.  
This two volume set includes essays on political issues affecting women around the world. Both volumes contain a comprehensive table of contents, introduction, and a comprehensive index that covers both volumes. Volume 1 is comprised of essays on women and politics. Volume 2 is comprised of country profiles of selected nations and related political issues for women. Each entry in both
volumes contains an extensive list of references.

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Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Citizenship and Justice. 2005.

Provides the results of a survey of the status of the citizenship and legal rights of women in sixteen Middle Eastern and North African countries and one territory.  Entries are arranged alphabetically by country. Each entry includes statistics about the region, a rating of the level of rights and freedoms for women in the region, historical background, and recommendations each region could take to improve the status of women. Contains a section of tables and graphs which illustrate the survey results.



Atlases & Maps 

Atlases are collections of maps. Atlases of various types; including political, visual/pictorial, climate, country-specific, historical, and population; are located in the Map Library (418 Library).

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Atlas of Gender and Development: How Social Norms Affect Equality in Non- OECD Countries. 2010.
While it is well-established that gender equality reduces poverty, most sources only measure the outcome of these disparities, not their causes. The OECD uses the Social Institutions and Development Index (SIGI) to evaluate non-OECD countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Each entry discusses the five areas measured by SIGI: family code, physical integrity, son preference, civil liberties, and ownership rights. Each entry also contains a brief summary of gender, society, and the law as well as a map, general statistics, and multiple charts conveying aspects of the SIGI rating. Includes a brief glossary of international legal terms and a bibliography organized by region.

305.42 Se13w 2009 
The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World. 4th ed. 2009. 
This work provides maps and statistics pertaining to women worldwide. The atlas is divided into sections by topic. Topics covered include women and discrimination, family rights, birth rights, women’s rights concerning their own bodies, the workforce, access to resources, voting rights, and health statistics. A list of sources used for statistics and an index are included.




Bibliographies are lists of citations of books, websites, journals, articles, and other resources about a specific subject. Bibliographies can appear at the end of a book, journal, or encyclopedia article, or as a separate publication.

JC599.U5 H273 2012
American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992.
Contains entries for 68 women civil rights activists active from 1825-1992 who worked for numerous causes, including African Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans, children, lesbians and gays, adoptees, older adults, differently-abled persons, prisoners, education, and more. Each entry provides a biographical sketch with information about the woman’s birthplace; schools; important events and achievements; and children, parents, siblings, and others who have had an impact on the activist’s life and work, and an extensive bibliography of works by and about the activist.

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Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies. 2000.

Serves as a reference guide to existing academic literature on topics and persons important to gay and lesbian studies.  Entries offer a brief introduction to a topic and an overview of the secondary literature.  Includes secondary literature about a person, and excludes literature written by the person.  Some non-English titles are included.

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Reader’s Guide to Women’s Studies. 1998.

“Provides brief discussions of some of the best books on over 500 topics and individuals in women’s studies.” 

016.3014242 St5w 2004
Women’s Studies: A Recommended Bibliography. 2004.

This fully annotated source is divided into 19 chapters. Each chapter lists reference sources, monographs, 1999 core titles, and world wide web/internet sites.



Biographical Sources

Biographical sources provide information about a single person or multiple people.

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A to Z of American Women Leaders and Activists. 2002.

Includes 145 biographical entries. Covers the period from 1800 to 1959.  Includes women who did the following: educated women and children; obtained legal change through nonviolent direct action; influenced women’s voting rights; and contributed to women’s self-help efforts. 

305.4096703 Sh434h 2010
The A to Z of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2010 (Afro-Americana Ref and Africana Ref)
Includes over 660 entries about women involved with politics, religion, history, and the arts. The book focuses on events associated with women, women’s organizations, and topics of importance, such as marriage, fertility, and more. A chronology of African women’s history is included.

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A Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe: 19th and 20th Centuries.  2006.

This book describes the lives, works and aspirations of more than 150 women and men who were active in women’s movements in 22 countries in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Entries provide biographical information and a photograph of each person, and a list of sources for further reading.

Q.305.48896073 B561 2005
Black Women in America. 2nd ed.
 3 vols. 2005.
This three-volume set chronicles the history of African-American women from 1619 to 2004. Includes approximately 150 topical and over 335 biographical entries.

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Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. 2006.

Profiles many of the founders and leaders of the second wave of the feminist movement. The 2,220 biographical entries include the famous as well as grassroots organizers.  All attempts were made to be inclusive of race, sexual orientation, class, and geographic location. Lists archival information on each individual when available.

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Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa. 2013. (HPLN Ref)
This book features the biographies of female and male historical figures, feminists, writers, and others who have furthered women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa. There are over 400 entries that cover feminism, culture, and religion.

920.7208997 N213 2001
Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. 2nd ed. 2001.

Provides over 250 biographical entries on Native American women born between 1499 and 1965. Focus is on Cherokee and Sioux women. “Features familiar historical figures and lesser-known contemporary women.”

920.7 N843 (Various locations)
Notable American Women, 1607-1950. 1971.
This three-volume set contains information on 1,359 women who died between 1607 and 1950. Entries consist of name, dates, career/profession, and a lengthy annotated bibliography with primary and secondary sources. Wives of presidents are excluded. Two additional volumes extend the coverage of this source.  Notable American Women: The Modern Period: A Biographical Dictionary (920.7 N8431) includes biographies of 442 women who died between 1951 to 1975, and Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century (Main Reference 920.720973 N843) “profiles 483 women who died between Jan. 1, 1976 and Dec. 31, 1999.  All titles are available online through the library catalog.

Q. 920.7208996 N843 (HPLN Ref)
Notable Black American Women. 1992-2003.

“This work defines the lives of [black] women from colonial times to the present.”  Lists 300 women born between 1686 and 1970.  To be included a woman has to be a pioneer, an important entrepreneur, leading businesswoman, literary or creative figure, a leader of a social or human justice movement, a major government official, a creative figure in performing arts, a noted orator or public speaker, educator or leader.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. 2008.  (online)
This work provides over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies. The encyclopedia presents the experiences and contributions of women not only in the Western world, but across the globe, and hopes to tell the story of how women worldwide have influenced and been influenced by these historical, social, and demographic changes. A bibliography is included with each article. Subject index is provided.