Women's Studies Archive

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Women’s Studies Archive connects archival collections concerning women’s history from across the globe and from a wide range of sources. Focusing on the evolution of feminism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the archive provides materials on women’s political activism, such as suffrage, birth control, pacifism, civil rights, and socialism, and on women’s voices, from female-authored literature to women’s periodicals.

Modules included:

  • Issues and Identities

Traces the path of women’s issues from past to present by pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. Captures the foundation of women’s movements, focusing on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Along with providing a closer look at some of the pioneers of women’s movements, this collection offers scholars a deep dive into the issues that have affected women and the many contributions they have made to society.

Issues and Identities spans multiple geographic regions, providing a variety of perspectives on women’s experiences and cultural impact. Within the archive can be found fascinating historical records from Europe, North and South America, Africa, India, East Asia, and the Pacific Rim with content in English, French, German, and Dutch.

  • Voice and Vision

Builds on the platform started with Issues and Identities and brings yet more female voices to the forefront. Particular attention is paid to the mediums through which women have created a voice for themselves, with articles, journals and magazines that were authored, illustrated and published by women, not just for women. Covers multiple areas that are of key importance to the study of women’s history, from the abolition of slavery, alcohol and temperance movements, pacifism, and political activism, to domestic service, education, health and hygiene, divorce, and social reform.

Voice and Vision provides a diverse, global perspective on women’s history, including increased representation of minority groups. Coverage spans multiple geographic regions, providing a variety of perspectives on women’s experiences and impact on society across the world. In particular, Gale has sought primary sources concerning women from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including European, African-American, Indian, and Irish women, as well as religious minorities such as Jewish, Muslim and Quaker communities.

Women’s Studies Archive can also be searched on Gale Primary Sources, an integrated platform that combines Gale’s digital archives into a single cross-searchable interface.

Provider: Gale
Coverage: 19th – 20th centuries