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| Organizations | Periodicals
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Thousands of lesson plans and web-based assignments ("webquests"); there
are some that cover women, girls, or gender. (Do a search for "women's
issues," "gender," etc.) Pay most attention to the results in the "Results
from Educationally Reviewed Material" category.
- TheGateway.org: The Gateway
to Educational Materials
Searchable database of lesson plans, curriculum units, etc. on the Internet.
Check off grade level(s) of interest. Search for "women," "feminism,"
"gender" or "girls" as keywords or in the fulltext of the descriptions.
- Gender Equity Activities for Teachers
From Myra Sadker Foundation, these are suggestions for focusing on gender
equity (scroll down the page to find them).
Portrayal of Women and Girls is a part of the
Media Awareness Network site from Canada. To search for lesson plans
on gender portrayal, visit the
Lesson Library section and use the drop-down menu to find "gender
- Learners Online has
lesson plans on "Contributions
of Women" (women's history), Women
in Afghanistan, and "A
Slam-Dunk for Women's Sports."
- National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo
Education Foundation has developed EdSitement, a searchable site that brings together online humanities
resources for all educational levels. Search for "gender." ("Women" turns up too many incidental hits for men and women...) Limit to grade level, etc. if desired.
- National Women's History Project
Non-profit organization selling books, posters, guides, videos, and
other resources; conducts in-service training for school teachers.
- Schools of California Online
Resources for Education (SCORE) has a database of lessons/activities
on the Web. A search of this database for the topic/keyword "women"
results in numerous lesson plans in women's history and other topics
Suffrage and the 19th Amendment
U.S. National Archives site for students and teachers containing primary
sources, activities, and links to related web sites.
Haven Teachers Institute
Women-focused curriculum units on the site include "Women
Writers in Latin America," "Women's
Voices in Fiction," "Gender,
Race, and Milieu in Detective Fiction," and Biology
and History of Ethnic Violence and Sexual Oppression .
- Women in the Curriculum series
From the National Center for Curriculum Transformation Projects on Women, these short books offer suggestions, resources, and rationale for infusing gender into courses in all disciplines. They are aaccessible in fulltext through ERIC (select advanced search and search for "Women in the Curriculum series" as a title search. Include the quotation marks in the search statement.).
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"Surfacing the Structures of Patriarchy: Teaching and Learning Threshold Concepts in Women's Studies," By Holly Hassel, Amy Reddinger and Jessica Van Slooten. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Volume 5, Number 2, July 2011.
on Feminist Pedagogy in the Composition Classroom: Feminization, Maternal
Paradigms, and Essentialism
Feminist Pedagogy: Issues Challenging Today's Instructors, by Diana Philip (2009)
By Sheri Laska, July 1998
Pedagogy is a category of the Women's Studies Core Books Database, sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Through the Flower
Feminist art education project, by Judy Chicago
on Feminist Pedagogy
Compiled by Penny Welch, University of Wolverhampton (Jan. 2000).
A Feminist Pedagogy As A Male Teacher: The Possibilities Of A Partial
And Situated Perspective
By Steven P. Schacht, Radical Pedagogy v. 2, no. 2 (Fall 2000)
WMST-L File Collection: Pedagogical Issues and Strategies
Discussion files from WMST-L, the women's studies email discussion list.
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ERIC Database Search
Searchable database of educational research. Search for "women," "girls,"
"gender," and specific topics. For complex searches, try Advanced
by the American Association of University Women
International listing of research centers on women; primarily university-based.
Maintained by the Univ. of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian.
From the World Bank. Choose any country listed, then the category "thematic
data" from the menu on the left. Then click on "education" to see
percentages of females enrolled at all levels of education and as teachers,
the literacy rate, etc. in that country. It is also possible to search
- UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2003/4, Gender and Education for All, The Leap to Equality (2003/4) has an annex (appendix) with downloadable spreadsheets for tables on topics including Adult and Youth Literacy, Early Childhood Care and Education, Participation in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education, Tertiary Education: Field of Study (%) and Female Share, and more.
- U.S. National Center for Educational
Compiles ed. stats. from a variety of sources and interprets ed. stats.
and issues reports, which are summarized on the site and downloadable
in full as pdf files. Use the Electronic
Catalog to search for reports. Examples of recent reports:
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Links to financial aid sites for female students.
Sources for Women
"Finding Funding for Women: Web and Non-Web Resources," by Liz Breed, in Feminist Collections v. 25, no. 2 (Winter, 2004) covers funding for higher education as well as other endeavors.
Grants and Resources
Links to funding sites for education and other endeavors.
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Teachers Empowered in India: Teacher Training Through A Gender Lens,"
by Sandra Stacki, UNICEF, 2002. (52p.pdf)
Gender Issues in Education
General and Multi-Issue Sites
- ERIC Digests
are short reports on educational topics that formerly were compiled by ERIC staff. The reports are available as fulltext documents when retrieved through the ERIC database. Selected examples:
Differences in Educational Achievement within Racial and Ethnic
Issues in the Language Arts Classroom
High School Leaving: Some Practical Solutions
to Work: Considerations for Adult and Vocational Education Programs
and Minorities in the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Pipeline
- Bernice Sandler, consultant and trainer on women's equity in education,
has a homepage
with material on the origin
of Title IX, strategies on warming up the "chilly
climate" for women and girls in schools, and dealing with sexual
assault, and other
- Gender & Diversities Institute
Conducts projects on technology and gender, educational reform, gendered
violence, work and economy, and gender and masculinities.
- WEEA Equity Resource
Center (Equity Online) (Site no longer maintained, but links are still working. For newer information, see Gender, Diversities, & Technology Institute .)
WEEA worked to "improve educational, social, and economic outcomes for
women and girls." Site included links to information
about Title IX and other issues, archived messages from the discussion
EDEQUITY Online, WEEA
Digests on educational issues and gender, downloadable in pdf format,
and information about WEEA publications. Topics of digests: equity
and careers, equity
and technology, gender
equity and boys, immigrant
violence, and learning
Education: the Contending Discourses & Possibilities for Change
Summary of a workshop at a conference on Adult Learning and the Challenges
of the 21st Century, Fifth International Conference on Adult Education,
CONFINTEA V, held in Hamburg, July 14-18, 1997.
Education of Girls and Women as a Human Right, and Sample Campaigns and Projects Around the World
the Children organization's Girls' Education Focus
"An Uneducated Girl is a Girl in Darkness."
- Strategies for Advancing Girls' Education (SAGE) Final Activities Report ," by Andrea Rugh and others
, on a project that provided
technical and training assistance in girls’ primary education to USAID
missions, conducted research on educational quality and best practices
for girls' education, and organized workshops.
- UNGEI: United Nations Girls' Education Initiative
Seeks to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education.
- UNESCO's site includes a section on UNESCO's support for the gender equality, which focuses on primary education, report: Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2003/4: Gender and Education for All, The Leap to Equality, and many other documents.
- UNICEF's Girls' Education "Basic Education and Gender Equality"
"UNICEF’s aim is to get more girls into school, ensure that they stay in school and that they are equipped with the basic tools they need to succeed in later life..." UNICEF publishes The State of the World's Children series, including The State of the World's Children 2004 - Girls, Education and Development (downloadable). UNICEF's publication Catalyst inaugural issue (Sept. 2007) was on "Empowerment Through Girls' Education."
See UNICEF Partnership for Education and Gender Equality.
- USAID has a Development Experience Clearinghouse that can be searched for the subject "Girls' education."
- U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs, eJournal USA: Educating Women and Girls.
Human Rights & Education: The People's Movement for Human Rights Education
Literacy and Empowerment
Project in Nepal sponsored by Educate the Children International.
Bank Girls' Education site and book, Girls’ Education
in the 21st Century
Several projects, organizations, and coalitions are active in mentoring
and educating girls about science, technology, careers, positive body images,
etc., and in educating the public about girls' issues. Here are some of
- WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network)
"a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women."
- Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics - 2008, from the National Collegiate Athletic Association is a practical guide for colleges and universities that "explains the law in a way that is accessible to those seeking to understand the law, to incorporate gender-equitable policies into existing athletics programs and to evaluate their implementation in a meaningful way."
- Advocacy described on the Women's Sports Foundation website
- Gender Equity in Sports
Maintained as part of on an ongoing project by Dr. Mary C. Curtis and
Dr. Christine H.B. Grant at The University of Iowa (Women's Intercollegiate
Athletics), this is an excellent resource about Title IX compliance,
lawsuits, etc. through 2000. See also the listings under "Title
- "Title IX: Gender Equity in College Sports: an AAUP Position Paper," June 2003 (American Association of University Professors).
Status of Women in Higher Education: Commissions, Offices, Initiatives,
Teen-age Pregnancy and Parenting
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which banned sex
discrimination in educational programs
Welfare Reform and Its Effects on the Educational Opportunities of Poor Women
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National Women's Studies Association/Ms. Magazine Guide to Women's and Gender Studies
Studies Programs, Departments and Research Centers
Links to those with websites. Maintained by Joan Korenman.
in Women's Studies
Maintained by Smith College's Women's Studies Program.
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History of the Education of Women
Education Section of American Women's History: A Research Guide, by Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University Library
Lists bibliographies, biographical sources, encyclopedias/historical overviews, primary sources in archival, microform, and digital collections, and more.
Defoe on the Education of Women, 1719
In the Internet History Sourcebook, edited by Paul Halsall.
Sociologists' Index includes material about Harriet
Martineau and Jane
Addams' views of the education of women.
History of Women and Education online exhibit from the National Women’s History Museum
Symposium: History of Women in Education, Harvard Educational Review, 57:4 (Winter 1997)
and Educations links from About.com, maintained by Jone Johnson Lewis
Who Go to College by Arthur Gilman, Century Magazine 36 (1888):
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Directories of Organizations
Maintained by the Library at University of Waterloo; this section is
for women-focused caucuses and associations.
Maintained by the Univ. of Wis. System Women's Studies Librarian. Scroll
to section of "Academic professional organizations."
Selected Individual Organizations
- American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has a Women in the Academic Profession webpage.
- American Association of University
The AAUW is a membership organization that promotes education and equity
for all women and girls. One of its divisions, the AAUW
Educational Foundation, funds educational programs that directly
benefit women and girls, offers fellowships to outstanding women around
the world, and sponsors research.
- Canadian Congress for Learning
Opportunities for Women
Key focus areas of the CCLOW are literacy, equity in education and job
- Educating Women
An international and intergenerational community of learning and inquiry on women, gender and education."
- International Federation of University Women
"is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates working to promote lifelong education, to improve the status of women and girls and to enable women to effect positive change for a peaceful world."
Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education
Is made up of faculty, administrators, staff and students from Catholic
colleges and universities.
- National Center for Curriculum
Transformation Resources on Women
A project of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women, Towson
University, Towson, MD.
- National Coalition for Women and
Girls in Education
An umbrella organization of more than fifty member organizations that
work on improving educational opportunities for girls and women. It
has published reports on Title IX (see Title IX section above) and on
vocational education: Invisible
Again: The Impact of Changes in Federal Funding on Vocational Programs
for Women and Girls (October, 2001).
- National Women's Studies Association
Supports feminist teaching at all levels and the field of women's studies,
particularly in colleges and universities.
- Women's Education Worldwide
"an alliance of institutions of higher education committed to advancing the cause of educating women around the globe"
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(Description on the site.) Issues are available in print and in these databases to which some libraries subscribe: Contemporary
Women's Issues, Education Fulltext, GenderWatch, Project Muse, and JSTOR.
(Description on the site.) Issues are available in print and in
these databases to which some libraries subscribe: Academic Search
Elite, Contemporary Women's Issues, MasterFILE Premier,
and ProQuest Research Library.
Journal of LGBT Youth (formerly Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education)
(Description and tables of content on the site.) Contains current information on what's happening in educational policy, curriculum development, professional practice, and pedagogy involving gay and lesbian studies. Issues available in print and in LGBT Life with Full Text , to which some libraries subscribe.
On Campus With
Newsletter online at no charge published by the Program on the Status and Education of
Women of the Association of American Colleges and Universities covering
women's leadership, campus climate, curriculum, pedagogy, and research
about women. Previously issued in print, it is entirely an electronic
periodical, as of December, 2002.
Radical Teacher: a Socialist,
Feminist, and Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching
(Tables of contents, book reviews, and some columns are available on the site.) Available in print and in these databases to which some libraries subscribe: Academic Search Elite, Contemporary Women's Issues, Education Fulltext, and Education Research Complete,
The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
(Description on the site.) A resource for curriculum transformation and scholarship. Available in print and in these databases to which some libraries subscribe: AltPressWatch, Education Fulltext, Education Research Complete, and GenderWatch.
Women in Higher Education
A monthly overview of issues affecting women on campuses. Non-subscribers
can read sample articles and statistical information. Subscribers to the print version can access all articles. Available
in fulltext in Contemporary Women's Issues and GenderWatch databases to which
some libraries subscribe.
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Discussion Lists Women-Related
Lists About Education or Campus Life
Maintained by Joan Korenman
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Maintained by: Phyllis Holman
Weisbard, Women's Studies Librarian, University of Wisconsin System.
Originally created by: Phyllis Holman Weisbard
Last updated: June 2012. Links checked: February, 2013.