Women’s History

March 18th, 2013

March is Women’s History Month, and a good time to reflect, not just on pioneering women who have changed the world, from Boudica or Hatshepsut to Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice, but those who have changed our own lives, in big and small ways.  Of course, the library stands ready to help you with your research needs.  But we’d like to highlight several resources of particular interest to the study of women’s history.

American Women’s History Online highlights significant people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.  It includes biographies, hot topics, primary sources, and multimedia like videos, pictures, maps, and charts.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 offers insight on how women shaped the American political landscape.  It includes almost 4,200 primary-source documents, as well as book, film, and website reviews, news from the archives, and teaching tools.

Contemporary Women’s Issues specializes in alternative press and other hard-to-find sources, focusing on how current issues impact women in the world today, in America and internationally.

GenderWatch focuses on how a person’s gender impacts every facet of their lives. It includes academic and scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings, and special reports.

Daily Life Through History specializes in inclusive history that shows what life was like for the average people of any era.  It makes historical accounts more meaningful by highlighting the spheres women moved in, rather than just the accomplishments of the elite.

Or, you could try the free web with sources like Gale’s Women’s History Month Web site.  It includes biographies, quizzes, activities, time lines, and more that can be useful for adding to classroom lesson plans.

And for more information, we have a libguide highlighting all the resources we have that support the study of women’s history.