Launched in 1997, Women and Social Movements in the United States is an online journal devoted to advancing scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history and
U.S. women’s history at all levels. More than 2,700 authors have written and curated 170,000+ pages of innovative scholarship, primary documents, books, images, essays, book and website reviews, teaching tools, and more. The project combines the analytic power of a database with the new scholarly insights of a peer-reviewed journal. Published twice a year since 2004, the database/journal is edited by Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin of the State University of New York at Binghamton, with an editorial board of leading scholars from around the country.
The collection is organized through 123 document projects. Each is a scholarly work that links an interpretive essay to 30 or more related primary documents. Through these materials, students and researchers are led from discovery to contextual understanding. Four new document projects are added every year. Recent examples include:
Each semiannual issue adds 2,500 pages of carefully curated and deeply indexed primary materials drawn from hundreds of archives and libraries. These include:
Women and Social Movements, International – 1840-2010
Women and Social Movements, International provides an unparalleled survey of how women’s struggles against gender inequalities promoted their engagement with other issues across time and cultures. Backed by a global editorial board of 130 scholars, Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection of primary materials drawn from 300 repositories. Assembled and cross-searchable for the first time, these resources illuminate the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made. The collection lets researchers see how activism of the past shaped events and values that live on today, with deep insight into peace, human trafficking, poverty, child labor, literacy, and global inequality. More than 150,000 pages of primary source documents include a central core of 60,000 pages of the proceedings of more than 400 international women’s conferences. Users will find coverage of topics including:
- The 1840 World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in London.
- The “Beijing + 15” agenda, which reviewed implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform.
- The Casablanca Dream conference of 2007, which united women from the Global South.
- Cruicial meetings of the League of Nations, the International Abolitionist Federation, the Inter-American Commission on Women, the African American Institute, the International Council of Jewish Women, and others.
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.
Additional key content includes:
- 25 original essays by leading scholars of women’s international activism.
- 90,000 pages of journals, manuscripts, letters, photographs, diaries, and ephemera.
- Video slideshows of the NGO forums at the UN women’s conferences, 1975-1995.
- Reports from many different committees of women’s international organizations, ideal for comparison of multiple perspectives.
- A dictionary of women’s international organizations, which details the historical impact of the groups and their leaders.
- Links to 25,000 additional pages of valuable primary resources online.
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.
Just Published Online
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 is freely available upon completion. The first installment of this resource is accessible at https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/VOTESforWOMEN
and we will be adding more sketches regularly through early 2021, when the Dictionary should be complete.