E-Resource: Women and Social Movements

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The Women and Social Movements series provide researchers with primary source access to the writings of women activists whose social movements have shaped much of the events and attitudes that define modern life. Through their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, the Women and Social Movements series illustrates how women have pioneered new forms of transnational citizenship.

This series makes available a survey of how women’s struggles against gender inequality promoted their engagement with issues across time and cultures. However, each collection in this series has a unique frame for reflecting on how women’s international organizations have focused largely on issues related to peace, human trafficking, literacy, disease prevention, and global inequality.

Women and Social Movements, International takes an international approach, highlighting women’s movements around the world. This collection is unique in that it too highlights lesser-known historical figures who are increasingly becoming the focus of contemporary scholarship. Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820 uses themes related to empire and colonization as a new way of exploring modern historical movements. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 narrows the researcher’s focus to the multiplicity of women’s activism in American public life from Colonial times to the present.

Reproductive rights table of publications. Copenhagen, 1980
Reproductive rights table of publications. Copenhagen, 1980, International Women’s Tribune Centre Slide Show, NGO Forum. Photographed by Anne S. Walker.

The Women and Social Movements series expands LMU’s primary source historical documentation in the form of PDFs, images, videos, and other ephemera in the fields of women’s studies and sociology. Of particular interest is the focus of this series on the writings of more than 100 black women suffragists.

Researchers across disciplines, including history, law, politics, sociology, and women’s studies should find these resources useful to their studies. You can access all of these exciting resources through our catalog.