National Women's Party demonstration in front of the White House in 1917.

March 6, 2020, by Sarah

On trial: Women’s Studies Archive

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a worldwide annual event which celebrates women’s achievements, raises awareness against bias and encourages everyone to take action for equality. To mark IWD on 8 March, we’re pleased to bring you trial access to the Women’s Studies Archive from Gale Cengage.

This primary source archive traces the path of women’s issues from past to present, capturing the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs. It focuses on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Along with providing a closer look at some of the pioneers of women’s movements, this collection offers scholars insight into the issues that have affected women and the many contributions they have made to society.

Highlights include:

  • Grassroots Feminist Organizations has material relating to the women’s liberation movement, including records of the Women’s School and the Women’s Educational Center, and the founding of the Rape Crisis Center.
  • Material from Planned Parenthood Federation of America which show its struggle to provide sex education and birth control.
  • Correspondence and articles produced by the Malthusian League which advocated birth control to address poverty and overpopulation.
  • The Women’s Lives collection which provides an insight into women missionaries and pioneers with correspondence, diaries and journals.
  • Women and Law looks at the changing role of women across the world, traditional roles and stereotypes, how the law impacted on women’s oppression.
  • Records of the Women’s Labour League which covers over 70 years of campaigning for better political representation of women.
  • European Women’s Periodicals includes information on topics such as how World War I affected opportunities for women.

The trial runs until 1 April 2020. Do let us know what you think. Please send your feedback to the Libraries Collections team:

Women's Studies Archive colections

Just some of the collections in the Women’s Studies Archive.

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