About seventy-five percent of the works in Women and Social Movements, International are in copyright, with materials licensed directly from key women’s organizations and leading publishers. Approximately seven percent of materials appear in original languages other than English.
Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820
As the agents of empire, women acted as missionaries, educators, healthcare professionals, and women’s rights advocates. As opponents of empire, women were part of nationalist, resistance, and reform movements, and served as conservators of culture.
Through more than 70,000 pages of curated documents, plus new video and audio recordings, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 explores prominent themes related to conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. This archival database includes documents related to the Habsburg, Ottoman, British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States empires, and to settler societies in the United States and South Africa. A large, innovative section focuses on the voices of Native Women in North America.
Research and Teaching Applications
Its variety of sources and breadth of coverage make Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires useful for studies of women’s history, U.S. and European history, world and comparative history, history of the Global South, women’s studies, religion, social and cultural history, postcolonial studies, sociology, and political science.
- Acquire access to colonial and postcolonial sources.
- Compare the lives of women in different empires in colonial and postcolonial contexts.
- Study transnational issues such as prostitution, relations between colony and metropole, governance, popular culture, citizenship, employment, health and medicine, education, domestic life, intimacy and sexuality, children, and intermarriage.
The database is organized around 45 document clusters, with documents selected by experts in the field; accompanying scholarly essays provide context and interpretation. Documents not in English are accompanied by English abstracts. Sources are drawn from archives worldwide, including the Archivo Nacional de la República de Cuba, Habana, Cuba; the Burke Library Special Collections, Columbia University; Harvard Divinity School Library; Centre des Archives Diplomatiques de Nantes; Diliman Library, University of the Philippines; the National Archives Repository, Pretoria; Yale University Library; and many others. Virtually all the content is available online for the first time.
Looking toward the 2020 centennial of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment through which women gained the right to vote nationally, we are preparing an Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States, which will be freely available upon completion. For this project, we are soliciting biographical sketches of Black Woman Suffragists and supporters of the National Woman’s Party and the National American Woman Suffrage Association. This work is expected to yield names of more than 3,000 activists not previously identified in biographical dictionaries. Library colleagues are invited to contribute biographical sketches or supervise the work of students. If you are interested in participating, email editor Thomas Dublin