Gender & Women's History Resources
"There are now more than 1,033,790,346 web sites on the Internet." - Netcraft.com
There are many women's history resources online. Listed below are start points to explore online resources. They will lead you to many treasures.
History links - annotated list of women-related history web sites from Joan Korenman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Center for Women and Technology Information.
non-western women's history
Women in World History - extensive primary source documents, curriculum modules, teaching case studies and more from George Mason University.
western women's history
Women and Social Movements in the US, 1600 - 2000 - thoughtfully collected primary source documents with contextual information and teaching ideas; an annotated guide to archives and webographies in women's history; teaching links, women's history projects; and women and social movements today.
National Park Service Links to the Past: Women's History - information and additional online resources about the Women's Rights National Historical Park (US) and other parks and related links.
Women Working, 1870-1930 - "digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues are all well documented. The collection currently contains 2,850 books and pamphlets, 1,125 photographs, and 7,489 pages from manuscript collections."
Teaching with Historical Places: Women's History - " uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects." Viewing lesson plans may be subject to "security violation" error messages from off campus.
E-Texts and Women's History - commercial site article describes a range of predominantly Western electronic texts available on the web. Side menus provide links to other online resources.
Women's Studies Online Resources - Joan Korenman's rich, selective, and wonderful annotated guide to women's studies/women's issues resource sites; women- and gender-related email lists; women's studies programs, departments and research centers; and the WMST-L file collection. Part of UCBM's Center for Women and Information Technology, a website "dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women's full participation in all aspects of information technology (IT). Women's participation in IT will strengthen the workforce, raise the standard of living for many women, and help to assure that information technology addresses women's needs and expands the possibilities for their lives."
general web archives of note
Scholars know that almost any archives can be a treasure trove for studying women's history. Search these general archives for a fascinating variety of primary source materials about women's history, as exemplified by some of the Internet Archives described below.
Internet Archives - public domain movies, text, audio, classics to contemporary. A "non-profit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format." Their WayBackMachine archives 55 billion old websites from 1966 to a couple of months ago. For more information, also see Wikipedia's Internet Archives page.
- Explore the National Organization for Women's website archives from 1966 to the present.
- Watch the 4th International Women's Day Video Festival , Part 4 (1988)
- Examine women's roles in Classic Television Commercials (Part I) (1948) or "how the all-electric home emancipates women" in Mother Takes a Holiday (Part II) (1952)
- View Training Women For War Production, a film about women in homefront jobs during World War II narrated and introduced by Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Visit the Web Pioneers to see some of the original sites that shaped the web.
- Watch the Serpentine Dance - "Edison kinetoscope Serpentine Dance (1895), produced by the Edison Co., was banned because the brief film included titillating glimpses of the female performer's (Annabelle Whitford) undergarments. But content wasn't the only concern. "Indeed," notes Champlin in an article on the film production code for American Film, "it was the instant and immense popularity of the movies that stirred the first fears of their corrupting and inciting power."
Online Archives of California - "historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available."
- ibiblio - The Public's Library and Digital Archives
- Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog - 18,000 free books
- UK Web Archiving Consortium - "test-bed for selective archiving of UK websites"
- Claremont Colleges Digital Library
last updated 2011.... for some, it's interesting to see what's still "here"