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.
- The LSE Digital library has a timeline which has key dates in the struggle for the vote . Zoom in to view digital images of rare items from the collections. A favourite is the Suffragettes in and out of prison game from 1908.
- See also the Emily Wilding Davison centenary collection which has digital images of writings, photographs and other memorabilia. They include accounts of the horrors of prison force-feeding and suffragette protests against the 1911 census.
- Read copies of the Vote online. This journal was published by the Women’s Freedom League to campaign for women’s suffrage using peaceful means.
- For further research on suffrage a recommended site is Woman and her sphere by Elizabeth Crawford, who is a world authority on the subject. Look on the right for links to articles and audio/ video files.
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
- UN Women (UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) has a section on statistical data
- World Bank Gender and Development Programme website has many full text reports and a portal for gender equality statistics.
- OECD Gender , Equality and Development Resources. Access programme reports, statistics from countries in the OECD region.
- ILO Gender Equality Resources Materials from the International Labour Organization.
- Social Institutions and Gender Index has measures of gender discrimination in over 100 nations.
- Gender and Land Rights Database. Free access to information from the FAO
- IPU (Interparliamentary Union ) has a Women in politics website which has comparative data relating to women’s political representation worldwide.
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
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