Women and the Law: Collections
The diverse group of collections offered as part of Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive provides the opportunity for students and researchers to examine the role of women in the development of law. These archival collections from advocacy groups, rights organizations, and trade unionists, as well as individual figures connected with the law, trade unionism, and gender rights, allow for greater understanding of the issues surrounding justice, equality, and discrimination. Although the ideologies of the groups covered—and their perceptions of gender, feminism, and the law—may differ, their histories and archives provide an important opportunity to examine the relationship between women and the law.
Through examining the material provided in Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive, researchers can fully explore the intersection of female experience and the law. The archive gives researchers access to primary sources that cover the development and discussion surrounding legislation affecting women’s lives—from abortion, birth control, and parenthood to race, poverty, and prostitution. The role of women in the workplace, including women’s trade unions, can also be examined, with material covering a wide range of issues surrounding women, employment, and the law. For scholars looking for a greater understanding of the women’s liberation movement, women’s rights, and the organizations that campaigned for them, these collections provide essential material to support detailed research. Through Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive, researchers, teachers, and students can delve into the topic of women and the law, and use primary sources to examine the many facets of this complicated topic.