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Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000

Explore the multiplicity of women’s activism in American public life from Colonial times to the present. Women and Social Movements in the United States is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s history and women’s studies on the Web, appealing to students and researchers at all levels.

About the collection

This database/journal brings together innovative scholarship, primary documents, books, images, essays, book and Web site reviews, teaching tools, and more. It 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.

It is organized around document projects, works of scholarship that link an interpretive essay to 30 or more related primary documents, leading users step by step from discovery to contextual understanding. Four new document projects are added every year. Recent examples include:

  • “Free Angela Davis, And All Political Prisoners!’ A Transnational Campaign for Liberation”
  • “How Did Female Protestant Missionaries Respond to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience during World War II?”
  • “How and Why Did Women in SNCC (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) Author a Pathbreaking Feminist Manifesto, 1964–1965?”

Each semiannual issue adds 2,500 pages of primary source collections. These carefully curated and deeply indexed resources include:

  • The History of Woman Suffrage (six volumes, 1881–1922).
  • Proceedings of the national conventions of women’s anti-slavery societies in the 1830s.
  • Women’s Rights Conventions (1848–1969).
  • Annual conventions of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (1874–1898).
  • Publications of the League of Women Voters (1920–2000).
  • More than 50 state reports addressing gender bias in the courts.

We are midway in posting a collection of the writings of 80 black women suffragists, totaling 1,500 items and more than 15,000 pages, with links to online documents that provide access to 1,000 additional writings of these activists.

These primary source collections include rare and previously inaccessible materials. They are enhanced by scholarly essays from leading historians that illuminate key historical issues in those texts and provide entry points for accessing the collections.

Altogether, the database/journal includes 160,000 pages of documents written by more than 2,450 primary authors. Each issue adds new material, offering the latest historical scholarship and related primary materials.

A dictionary of social movements and a chronology of U.S. women’s history complement the primary sources and facilitate searching within the database.

By arrangement with Harvard University Press, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000 includes all five volumes of Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (1971–2004). Also included are previously inaccessible publications of local and state commissions on the status of women since 1963. State by state and year by year, these astonishing publications illustrate and track the full range of issues affecting the lives of American women since 1960. Commission reports are especially rich in statistical data and patrons can create their own charts using a customizable graph tool.

Editorial control

The resource is edited by Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin of SUNY Binghamton, together with the other members of the editorial board:

  • Harriet Alonso, City University of New York
  • Joyce Antler, Brandeis University
  • Karen Anderson, University of Arizona
  • Sherri Barnes, University of Maryland
  • Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland
  • Victoria Brown, Grinnell College
  • Lara Campbell, Simon Fraser University
  • Patricia Cleary, California State University at Long Beach
  • Carol Coburn, Avila University
  • Kathleen Laughlin, Metropolitan State University
  • Judith Ezekiel, University of Toulouse
  • Nancy Page Fernandez, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona
  • Estelle Freedman, Stanford University
  • Jennifer Frost, University of Auckland
  • Melanie Shell-Weiss, Johns Hopkins University
  • Joanne Goodwin, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Linda Janke, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University
  • Paivi Hoikkala, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona
  • Nancy Hewitt, Rutgers University
  • Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary
  • S.J. Kleinberg, Brunel University
  • Shira Kohn, New York University
  • Rachel Dranson, New York University
  • Carol Lasser, Oberlin College
  • Stephanie Gilmore, Independent Scholar
  • Kriste Lindenmeyer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Marjorie Murphy, Swarthmore College
  • Katherine Osburn, Tennessee Technological University
  • Elisabeth Perry, St. Louis University
  • Janice C. Reiff, University of California–Los Angeles
  • Hasia Diner, New York University
  • Joan Sangster, Trent University
  • Kimberly Springer, King's College, London
  • Marjorie Spruill, University of South Carolina
  • Laura Westhoff, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Cynthia Wright, University of Toronto
  • Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Iowa State University

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a key component of Women and Social Movements Library along with: 


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