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Selected Gender & Women’s Studies Websites

Selected Gender & Women’s Studies Websites


General | Bibliographies | Media, Online Journals, & Blogs  | Professional Organizations and Scholarly Societies | Politics, Law, Activism | History  |  Art, Literature, Music | Science & Technology | Digital Collections |  Women’s Studies Programs




  • Core Books (Compiled by the Women’s Studies Section ACRL): A database listing current in print book titles selected by academic librarians. Core titles are generally considered to be books that a library supporting an undergraduate or master’s degree in Women’s Studies should own.
  • Black American Feminisms: An extensive bibliography of black American Feminist thought from across the disciplines.
  • GLBT Round Table Toolkit: Bibliographies and other resources on a variety of topics including gay teens; religion and spirituality; and transgendered identities. Created by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association.

Media, Online Journals, & Blogs

  • Women’s eNews: “Women’s eNews is the definitive source of substantive news–unavailable anywhere else–covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy.”
  • The Women’s Media Center: Founded in 2005, the Women’s Media Center “strives to make women visible and powerful in the media.” The mission is to make sure that women’s experiences are reflected in the media.

Professional Organizations and Scholarly Societies

  • American Association of University Women: AAUW is a national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls.
  • The Feminist Majority Foundation: The Feminist Majority Foundation, founded in 1987, is “a cutting edge organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.”
  • International Center for Research on Women: ICRW is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1976, with three distinct aspects to its work: research, advocacy, and technical support for capacity building.
  • International Women’s Rights Action Watch: IWRAW was organized in 1985 at the World Conference on Women in Nairobi, to promote recognition of women’s human rights under the Convention on the Elimination on all forms of Discrimination against Women, the CEDAW Convention.
  • National Organization for Women: NOW, the largest feminist organization in the United States, works to promote equality for all women.
  • National Women’s Studies Association: NWSA was founded in 1977 to further the development of Women’s Studies throughout the world at every educational level and in every setting.
  • UN Women: The central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system.

Politics, Law, Activism

  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development: AWID is committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights.
  • Center for Reproductive Rights: This is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women’s reproductive rights worldwide.
  • Center for Women Policy Studies: The mission of this center is to “shape public policy to improve women’s lives.” Web-site contains information about programs, their publications, and information about how to support the center.
  • Feminist.com: Includes resources such as articles and speeches, inspiring quotes, etc. Other sections include news, marketplace, activism, events, and anti-violence.
  • National Women’s Law Center: Since 1972, the Center has worked to expand the possibilities for women and girls in the United States. This site provides access to issue papers, commentary, articles and other publications on a variety of topics from athletics to reproductive rights to women in the military.
  • Prostitution Research and Education: Prostitution Research 7 Education is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that conducts research on prostitution, pornography, and trafficking and offers education and consultation to researchers, survivors, the public and policymakers. PRE’s goal is to abolish the institution of prostitution while at the same time advocating for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution.
  • Sex Workers Project: The Sex Workers Project provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. This organization engages in policy and media advocacy, community education and human rights documentation, working to create a world that is safe for sex workers and where human trafficking does not exist.
  • Women in National Parliaments: Provides data compiled by the Interparliamentary Union.


  • American Women Home Page: A guide to the resources available at the Library of Congress “for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States.”
  • Discovering American Women’s History: “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 interviews with women engineers from the 1970s.”
  • Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index: An index to journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.
  • National Women’s History Museum: This virtual museum offers on-line exhibits and educational resources such as biographies, a suffrage timeline, photos and documents and a list of links for further resources. Focus is on women in the United States.
  • National Women’s History Project: The NWHP is an educational nonprofit organization whose “mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women…”

Art, Literature & Music

Women in Science & Technology

  • Association for Women in Science: AWIS is the “premiere leadership organization advocating the interests of women in science and technology.” Click on the Resources tab to find links to other organizations for women in Science and Technology.
  • Center for Women in Technology: Includes global news, resources, etc.
  • “ Understanding the Gender Gap in STEM Fields Entrepreneurship,” a Small Business Administration Report: This 2014 SBA report and research summary discuss the gender gap in STEM entrepreneurship. The report identifies issues unique to female entrepreneurs in STEM fields, and pinpoints four broad areas that affect gender gaps in STEM entrepreneurship.  It also has policy recommendations that help address persistent and systematic differences in STEM entrepreneurship between highly education men and women across STEM fields.
  • Women and Minorities in Science and Technology: A Guide to Selected Resources: This Library of Congress bibliography includes titles and Library of Congress call numbers for books on a variety of topics relating to women and minorities in STEM, including general titles; education, recruitment, and career; anthropology and exploration; aviation and astronautics; earth and environmental sciences; health, medicine, and psychology; life sciences; mathematics; physical sciences; technology and invention; and selected journals. This webpage also has a good list of selected internet sources for and about women and minorities in STEM.
  • National Center for Women and Information Technology: Contains various resources and tools in addition to providing information about a variety of programs aimed at women and girls in computing.

Digital Collections

  • African American Women Writers of the 19th century (New York Public Library):This site, maintained by the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, consists of different works by African American female writers. Includes options to browse by title, author and genre.
  • The American Jewess: A digital reproduction of a periodical by the same name dating from 1895 to 1899. Includes information about Jewish women in everyday life as well as in their roles in the synagouges. Includes a variety of search and browse options.
  • American Memory (Library of Congress): A gateway to a large collection of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music documenting the American experience. One of the focus areas is Women’s History which includes five digital collections: Manuscript Division, Woman Suffrage (Books and Pamphlets, 1848-1921), Woman Suffrage (Photographs and Prints, 1850-1920), Woman Suffrage (Photographs 1875-1938), and Women’s History U.S (Multiformat).
  • Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH) (Cornell University): HEARTH “is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance.” Users can browse collections by title, year, author, and journal title. HEARTH also allows users to browse by subfields of home economics, such as applied arts and design, child care, or food and nutrition. Each subfield includes an introductory essay and a bibliography.
  • Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture: Online Archival Collections (Duke University): This site contains three full-text collections pertaining to the Women’s Liberation Movement, African American women, and Civil War women. The collections include images of the texts and some pictures, as well as typed transcription of the handwritten text.
  • Women Working, 1870-1930 (Harvard University): Focuses on women’s role in the U.S. economy, and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University’s library and museum collections. The collection features 7,500 pages of manuscripts, 3,500 books and pamphlets, and 1,200 photographs. Users can browse by collection or subject. They can search the full-text, catalog records, or by keywords describing photographs.
  • A Celebration of Women Writers: The main strength of this online collection is its goal to provide “on-line editions of older, often rare, out-of-copyright works.” The works cover “a wide range of areas to indicate the variety of interests of women writers.” Includes many browsing and searching features such as by author, century, country, and ethnicity. This site contains some non-English works in their orginal language as well as English.
  • British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 (UC Davis): This site includes E-texts of poetry written by British and Irish women between 1739 and 1832. Users can search by title, poet, header keyword, or date. Includes biographical entries for some authors from the Literary Encyclopedia.
  • Emory Women Writers Resource Project (Emory): This project “is a collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing in English from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century.” Includes authors from Great Britain, France, and the United States. One can browse by ethnicity, genre, geography, or period.
  • Sophie: A Digital Library of Works by German-Speaking Women (Emory): This site provides the full-text of works by German speaking female writers and artists. Subjects include Literature, Music, Journalism, Colonial/Travel, and Drama/Film. A resources section contains bibliographies, links, and ideas for teaching using Sophie. The Literature section includes some works translated into English.
  • Victorian Women Writers Project (Indiana University): This site provides transcriptions of works by British women writers from the 19th century. All works are full-text, and include anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.

Women’s Studies Programs