Women in Leadership: Collections
Though women’s voices have traditionally been underrepresented, that doesn’t mean to say that they haven’t played a significant role in the development of politics, society, and culture. Throughout history, women have played pivotal roles as leaders across various fields—from activist movements, such as the suffragettes; to politicians, such as Shirley Chisolm; educators, and writers. Through the primary source materials available in Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive, researchers can explore and examine the roles of female leaders.
There are many key examples of women as leaders to be uncovered in the collections. Particularly worth exploring are the materials associated with female activists and campaigners. Within the women’s rights movement, both in the United States and the United Kingdom, famous activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Emmeline Pankhurst were joined with often less discussed, but none the less powerful, women such as Mary Gawthorpe and Anna Garlin Spencer. Other activist campaigns also produced powerful female leaders, including Sojourner Truth, the famous abolitionist and women’s rights speaker; Alicia Escalante for the Chicana movement; and women such as Hannah Johnston Bailey, Lucia Ames Mead, and Lydia Wentworth for the pacifist movement.
The primary sources available in Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive enable scholars and students to unearth the stories of important women in history and bring the voices of these female leaders back into the spotlight.