Witness the March Towards Women's Rights
As the first in the Women’s Studies archive, this collection traces the path of women’s issues from past to present—pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. It captures the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs, and provides researchers with valuable insights.
A comprehensive academic-level archival resource, Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities focuses on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Along with providing a closer look at some of the pioneers of women’s movements, this collection offers scholars a deep dive into the issues that have affected women and the many contributions they have made to society.
Approximately one million digitized pages
Content will include approximately one million never-before-digitized pages of primary source material, all aligned with women’s studies.
Covering important topics
Including: the History of Feminist Theory and Activism; domestic culture; lay and ordained church women; women in industry; women's sexuality and gender expression; women’s education; women’s movement; women’s health and mental health; women and law; women and the control of their bodies; and women’s roles and interactions within society.
Discover new connections
Integrate content from complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment, uncovering valuable connections between history and the issues facing us today.
Empower insights from the source
Discover content from resources like the New York Public Library, The National Women’s History Project, the London School of Economics, Women's Library and many more.
About the individual collections
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"This online archive provides content that is unique, rich, and highly relevant to historical research as well as to current conversations about politics, social issues, and women’s health…The platform makes discovering relevant primary sources easy for novice researchers while also giving more control to experienced scholars…"
- E. A. Nicol, Washington State University
- Gender & Women's Studies
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Multicultural Studies
- U.S. History
- World History
- Current Events
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Platform Features & Tools
Researchers can see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interact and develop over time.
By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections within search terms—helping to shape research by integrating diverse content with relevant information.
Search across the content of complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.
Reviews & Testimonials
2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
The Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive is doubtlessly valuable to researchers who are investigating the history of the women’s liberation movement. As new generations of leaders in the women’s studies movement emerge, they can use the Gale’s Women’s Studies archive to look back on the movement for research, inspiration, and useful lessons. Recommended for academic libraries.
In addition to the impressive scope of the collections in this database, Gale’s straightforward user interface, source citations, collection overviews, document management tools, the functionality of browsing digitized material as archival collections, and the ability of linking and cross-searching capabilities across other Gale primary source modules make Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities a wise investment for any academic library….Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities complement Gales’ Archives of Sexuality and Gender series making Gales’ primary source suite one of the most comprehensive digital resources available for gender and sexuality studies.