New Resource – Women’s Studies Archive

The primary source Women’s Studies Archive from Gale spotlights women who have broken new paths in society, business, culture and healthcare. Covering over three centuries, the primary sources included span from 1759 to 2002. Key highlights include contributions of African American women trailblazers; nursing journals from around the world (including Britain, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean); popular magazines from Australia and New Zealand; and collections concerning the supernatural and crime. 

The Female Forerunners Worldwide  archive in particular concerns women trailblazers, both individuals and organisations, who have impacted society through social reform, popular culture, healthcare and more. This fourth instalment of the Women’s Studies Archive programme will host women’s history collections focusing on advertising and advertising to minorities; birth control and sex education; the Civil Rights movement; healthcare and women in medicine especially nursing; religion and women’s missionary work; migration; minority groups esp. African American and Jewish women; women in politics; prison reform particularly female criminals and women’s philanthropic organisations to improve women’s prisons; psychic investigations and the paranormal and women’s rights and fight for suffrage.

This instalment largely focuses on the US, Britain, and Australia but regional coverage also extends to New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Philippines, Jamaica, Germany, India, Norway, Canada and China. The collections are sourced from a variety of prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Institution; Library of Congress; Senate House Library, University of London; Royal College of Nursing; The National Archives at Kew, United Kingdom; State Library of New South Wales; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; London Metropolitan Archives; Amistad Research Center.

This resource will be of particular interest if you study History, Gender Studies, Politics and Sociology.

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