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Databases for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and the Marriott Library has you covered with a diverse selection of databases related to women’s history and gender studies. Check out these amazing resources.

Some of the Topics Covered
  • Hispanic Women in History and Activism
  • Women and the Law
  • Women’s Health and Mental Health
  • Changing roles and experiences of teenage, young adult, and African-American women
  • Peace Studies and the Anti-War Movement
  • Women’s Authors and Publishers
  • Women’s Rights Movement
  • Planned Parenthood and Birth Control History
  • Women in Leadership
  • Women’s Suffrage and Suffragettes
  • Second Wave Feminism
  • Women in the Workforce and the Equal Rights Amendment

Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs

In the late 1800’s, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women’s rights. The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world. This database is the definitive cross-cultural resource for information on women’s history. It spans more than four centuries and includes over two million pages.

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

This database includes a collection of immediate experiences from over 1,300 women, drawn from more than 150,000 pages of diaries and letters spanning more than 300 years. The collection also includes biographies and an annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

Women Writers Online

This is a full-text database of pre-Victorian women’s writing. The initial release of Women Writers Online included over 200 English texts by women written before 1830, with a broadly interdisciplinary range of subjects and genres. New content is added periodically.

Women’s Studies Archive

Includes two distinct collections; Women’s Issues and Identities. As the first in the Women’s Studies archive, this collection traces the path of women’s issues from past to present—pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. It captures the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs, and provides researchers with valuable insights. Voice and Vision,   the second installment, looks beyond women’s suffrage to explore critical areas of study including the abolition of slavery, alcohol and temperance movements, pacifism and political activism, domestic service, education, health and hygiene, divorce and social reform, and much more. A vast range of primary sources from 1780 to 2000 span multiple geographic regions, providing an abundance of perspectives on women’s experiences and impact on society around the world. Of particular importance are the materials that focus solely on female authors or magazines and journals produced by women, not simply for women.

Women’s Magazine Archive

An archival research resource comprising the backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines. Issues are scanned in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.  Periodicals Included are Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Woman’s Day, which serve as canonical records of evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores. Other titles here focus on narrower topics but deliver valuable source content for specific research areas. Parents, for example, is of particular relevance for research in the fields of children’s education, psychology, and health. Elsewhere, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Essence disclose trends in and responses to the changing roles and experiences of teenage, young adult, and African-American women respectively.

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