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Women and gender studies: Further resources

This page is a brief guide to Further resources of interest for research on women & gender studies outside The  British Library. 


Archives and Libraries


Booksellers Specialist





Journals and Other Publications

University Centres for Women and Gender studies

Research guides for Women’s studies

Women in Theatre/Art

Women in War

Archives and Libraries

Chawton House library Home of Jane Austen with a reference library that contains over 9,000 volumes. The bulk of the collection is devoted to early English women's writing, from the period 1600 -1830. It is strong in the fiction by women from around 1710

Feminist Library Large archive collection of Women’s Liberation Movement literature, particularly second-wave materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990

Feminist archive North The Feminist Archive North (FAN) holds a wide variety of material relating to the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) from 1969 to the present. Topics covered by FAN include the women’s peace movement, women’s studies, women and development, and violence against women.

Feminist Archive South The Feminist Archive (South) in Bristol, England, houses national and international material of the second wave of feminism (roughly 1960-2000).

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Feminist Library Resource and Information Centre The Feminist Library is a large archive collection of Women’s Liberation Movement literature, particularly second-wave materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s.

FORWARD: Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development FORWARD conducts participatory research and develops resources and information to inform policy and practice.

Glasgow Women's Library (including the Lesbian Archive)

Girton College Library  Girton College Archive and Special Collections as the first residential higher education college for women, holds and collects records of the College, including administrative records and the personal papers of former and current Fellows and students. Collections also include material on nineteenth and twentieth-century feminism and women's social history. 

Hytapia Trust The Hypatia Collection comprises books, documents and artefacts that concern women's roles in history and contemporary life.

National Museum of Labour History National Museum of Labour History library Contains archives and primary documents related to women's suffrage.

Sybil Campbell Library The Collection contains material relating to women's writing and women’s history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - women's education, their personal libraries, biography, autobiography, women in wartime.

Women in Film and Television (UK)  WFTV is a membership organisation for women working in the film, television, radio, animation and the new media industries.

Women's Art Library Women’s studies, gender, cultural studies, visual arts, specifically women artists.

Women Archives Wales The repositories and the collections consists of single items to large collections of documents, photographs, newsletters and other material. 

The Women's Library (formerly the Fawcett Library) The Women's Library  houses the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK. The collections include books, pamphlets, periodicals, zines, artist books, audio-visuals, personal and organisational papers, objects, textiles and visual materials.


Notable women An index to biographies of notable women, both those who are famous and those who should be more well known.

Notable women ancestors: women's biographies's index to online biographies of women

Booksellers Specialist

Feminist bookstores Feminist bookstores

Naomi Symes books Out of print, antiquarian and in print books in the field of women's history and social history.


Engender Is an information, research and networking organization for women in Scotland, working with other groups locally and internationally.

Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy,Utopia Directory of scholars and researchers

Feminist Majority Foundation Feminist majority Foundation

Gender Policy Information From the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

GLBTQ Encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture.

GENESIS The Genesis project is a mapping initiative, to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles.

The human rights of women A reference guide to official United Nations documents

INTUTE Women's Studies provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities. We aim to match resources to the women's studies curriculum and the needs of researchers. Our target audience is students, staff and researchers in higher and further education.
NOTE : no longer being updated

Internet resources on women Provides detailed information about women-related e-mail discussion forums, archives and web sites containing syllabi, bibliographies, essays, and other useful curriculum transformation resources.

Introduction to women's texts, Washington University in St. Louis

The Jessie Street national women's library Specialist library that collects preserves, and promotes the awareness of the literary and cultural heritage of Australian women.

Jewish women's archive Includes an online version of Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia and the journal” The American Jewess and a select bibliography on American Jewish women

Lee Miller archive Photographer.

Methodist Archives Sources for women's studies in the Methodist church archives.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington, D.C.

National Women's History Project Based in California.

National Council for Research on Women The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) is a network of 120 research, policy and advocacy centers dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls

National women's studies association Supports and promotes feminist/womanist teaching, learning and research

Perdita Early modern women's manuscript compilations.

Virtual library women's history Lists women's history institutions and organisations locates archival and library collections, and links to Internet resources on women's history.

WAVE Women's Audio Visuals in English.

Web Archive- Women's issues

Women and books: from the sixteenth century to the suffragettes Online exhibition Examines women and the written word through the centuries. This ranges from 16th century material, such as early printed guidebooks on childbirth and manuscripts collections of recipes, to later examples including material written by important members of the women's suffrage movement.

Women in music, historical women composers Links to online materials about individual women composers.

Women priests The largest international website on the ordination of women, offering over 1000 documents in English, including decrees of councils and synods, historical records, contemporary articles, picture galleries and much more.

Women Travellers Links to sites that offer resources specifically for female travelers Search directory for women online.


Monastic Matrix Study of women's religious communities from 400 to 1600.

The Women’s History Network a national association with the aim of promoting women’s history and encouraging women and men interested in women’s history


Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick


ALA (American Library Association) women, Gender resources Sites of interest for women's resources- including dictionaries, organisations, and associations,
government and business resources and electronic journals.

Akina Mama wa Afrika Is an International, pan-African, non-governmental organisation for African women based in the UK

American women in the twentieth century

American women's history: A research guide

Brave women Women's history of the South Pacific area

Global list of women's organisations

Women's studies, University of Pennsylvania Library

Selected women and gender resources on the web Wisconsin university women’s centre


British women playwrights around 1800

British Women Romantic Poets 1789-1832

Canada's Early Women Writers
Biographical and publication information for more than 470 women who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada, and authored an English-language book or pamphlet of fiction or poetry
that was published before 1940.

A celebration of women writers

The Orlando project An integrated history of women's writing in the British Isles from universities in Canada, the United States, England and Australia.

Defining Gender, 1450-1910 A subscription based collection of original source material from British and European archives.

Internet Women's History Sourcebook Headings include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece
Rome, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, North America, Latin America, China, Japan, India, South East Asia, Australasia, Africa, The Islamic World

Nineteenth century women writers This collection of works of imaginative literature will eventually include about 4,500 authors, many never before identified or studied.

Scottish women poets of the Romantic period Online subscription database

South Australian Women Writers Part of the Australian Literature resource ,the South Australian Women Writers subset provides information about the lives and work of women writers associated with South Australia.

Welsh women's press

Victorian Women Writers Project The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) from Indiana University a is primarily concerned British women writers of the 19th century

Women's writing: The online archive of 19th-century U.S.women's writing.

Women writers An independent guide to internet resources.

Journals and Other Publications

Feminist Review New book reviews are free to view

Gender onLine Journal Publishes essays about gender and sexuality in relation to social, political artistic and economic concerns

Mslexia for women who write Literary agents and BBC producers scan Mslexia every quarter on the lookout for fresh talent. Many women have launched their writing careers in the pages of the magazine.

Women's magazines of the 1920s 1930s and the 40s This web page looks at women's magazines and some of the adverts they contained.

Vogue magazine Archive Vogue archive, limited search of covers , (incl photographers, editor and cover models) dates back to Sept 1916

VIVA A free webzine, the first international website magazine for women.

University Centres for Women and Gender studies

United Kingdom

University of Aberdeen, Women's Studies, 

Queen's University, Belfast, Gender Research Forum,

University of Cambridge, Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

University of Hull, Centre for Gender Studies, 

Lancaster University, Institute for Women's Studies

Lancaster University, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies 

University of Leeds, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 

University of London,Birkbeck College,  Gender, Society and Culture

Goldsmiths College, University of London, Gender, Culture and Modernity

London School of Economics,The Gender Institute,

University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, 

University of Oxford, Women's Studies, 

University of Sussex, Gender and Media Studies

University of York Library, Women's studies information sources

University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of Women and Gender



Worldwide Women's Studies Programs, Departments,Research Centers

Research guides for Women’s studies

Women in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1900- A guide to collections in the British Library.

Womens Library Research Guide A guide to collections from the Women's Library

Women in Theatre/Art

Scribbling women: The resource provides access to a collection of audio dramatizations of plays and stories by leading American women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Women in British romantic theatre Sources cover 1700s- to date

Women in cinema: A reference guide, which includes bibliographies, anthologies and collections, biographical sources, reviews, filmographies and electronic sources.

Women in War

Women in World War II

Women as Warriors in history 3500 BC to the 20th century.

War women's lives This resource focuses on women's experiences of war in the twentieth century. It is a useful resource for History and Citizenship.

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