The 8th March is International Women’s Day. This year the United Nations has chosen the theme “Equality for women is progress for all.” Use its website to find out more about the history of the day and this year’s events. To celebrate the event here are some recommended free resources from LSE Library.

Women’s suffrage

Women’s liberation and the history of feminism

  • Recently the British library launched the great Sisterhood and Beyond site which is an oral history of the liberation movement and has some fascinating materials from men and women involved in the struggle.
  • The LSE Digital Library has an  online collection of 35 rare books which cover women’s rights from the 17th- 20th century. A favourite is the Queen-Like Closet by Hannah Wolley which was published in 1675 and has a series of recipes and advice for the female sex. Look at page 28 for some advice on how to make snail-water which is excellent for consumption! Also available in full text is Virginia Woolf’s A Room of her Own from 1929.
  • The Fragen project provides free access to books and pamphlets covering  second wave feminism in over 20 European nations. Choose database search to get the full text.
  • The Women’s Liberation Movement Music Archive has  lots of information about feminist music making in the 1960s/1970s. It includes some lyrics and song clips.

Contemporary statistical data


Blogs are great for keeping up to date with news, events and discussion. Here are some of our favourites:

  • The F Word is a great place for finding out about contemporary feminism. it has weekly round ups of news stories
  • Uk Feminista supports feminist action.
  • The Fawcett Society blog provides coverage on UK policy and equality
  • The Vagenda is a feminist online magazine launched in January 2012. It uses the tagline “Like King Lear, but for girls,” Includes criticism of sexism on mainstream women’s magazines.
  • Engenderings – LSE gender Blog. Look for the gender tweets link.  Includes links to book reviews and LSE events as well as discussion of current affairs. There is also an archive of previous LSE events  recent examples include: Is there a sexual history? A conversation between Professor Clare Hemmings, Professor Jeffrey Weeks

LSE Library resources

  • More information on the Women’s Library@ LSE is available on the Library website
  • There is also a Gender subject guide to major resources in the Library. Browse the links on the left of the screen to get links to our journal article indexes and other databases
Heather Dawson

About Heather Dawson

Heather Dawson is an Academic Support Librarian based in the Academic Services Group where her main role is in Collection Development.