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Welcome to Women & Politics, part of WGSSLinks, developed and maintained by the
Women & Gender Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

This page provides a selective, annotated list of links with information on women and politics. Individual women politicians' Web pages are not listed.



Core List in International Politics
From the WGSS Core Lists of books in women's studies; "intended to assist women's studies librarians and collection development librarians in building women's studies collections." By Anne Mosby Page.

Core List in U.S. Politics
From the WGSS Core Lists of books in women's studies (see above); by Susan L. Kendall.

Women in Politics Bibliographical Database
From the Interparliamentary Union. "Anyone wishing to know what has been written on the subject of women's participation in political life or on a particular aspect of this question is faced with a challenge: not so much the challenge of the scarcity of bibliographical references, but rather that of the difficulty of gaining access to a reliable database containing a broad selection of bibliographical references grouped by affinities. ... Women in Politics seeks to fill this gap. It has been developed with the contribution of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)."

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Biographies & Directories

United States

First Ladies of the United States of America
Biographies written by Margaret B. Klaphthor, Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution.

National First Ladies' Library
Detailed bibliographies, including listings of articles, theses, and manuscript collections.

Women in Congress: Congresswomen's Biographies
Brief biographies of all the women who have served in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Distinguished Women of Past and Present: Government and Politics
Created by Danuta Bois; contains biographies of women from around the world, arranged in chronological order.

European Database: Women in Decision-Making
"This database provides information about women in political leadership in the European Union."

International Directory of Women's Political Leadership 1995, 4th edition
Information on women leaders and organizations around the world collected by the Center for Political Leadership & Participation at the University of Maryland College Park.

Women World Leaders
Women political leaders and rulers from 1945 to the present.

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Guide to women who have been state leaders, rulers, heads of governments, ministers, chairs of parliaments, party leaders, local leaders, royalty, and ambassadors.

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Discussion Lists

Women-Related Activist Email Lists
Listing of many activist discussion groups. Many focus on political action. Maintained by Joan Korenman.

Women-Related Social Science Email Lists
Listing of many social science discussion groups. Many have some focus on political action. Maintained by Joan Korenman.

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Newsletters & Journals

Political Woman Hotline
Newsletter for Women Leaders Online, an organization "dedicated to mobilizing women over the Internet, empowering women politically and stopping the anti-women agenda of the Radical Right." Site mostly contains issues from 1995 and 1996.

Women & Politics: A Quarterly Journal of Research and Policy Studies
Contains abstracts of some articles published in the journal, guidelines for submission, a contributors' checklist, and links to other sites about women and political science.

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Organizations & Advocacy Groups

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Legal Advocacy Fund
"The nation's largest legal fund focused solely on sex discrimination in higher education, the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and support for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination."
Voter Education Campaign
A national campaign designed "to educate women voters, mobilize the grassroots, launch organized get-out-the-vote drives, and get more women to the polls."

A research and campaigning organisation for women in Scotland. Particular strengths of the site are the sections on women in Scottish Parliament and the Gender Audit, which maps Scottish women's position in society.

European Women's Lobby
The European Women's Lobby (EWL) is the largest co-ordinating body of national and European non-governmental women's organisations in the European Union, with over 3000 member associations in the 15 Member States. Their goal is to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to serve as a link between political decision-makers and women's organisations at EU level.

Feminist Majority Foundation
Provides information for and about women candidates and women's issues, particularly under the "Take Action!" link.

Girls' Pipeline to Power
Sponsored by the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council in Boston, this organization is dedicated to getting girls (and women) of all backgrounds into leadership positions and to get girls information about politics.

Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women is a grantmaking foundation supporting women's human rights organizations around the world. Besides working for basic human rights, one of their stated goals is to strengthen women's political participation.

International IDEA: Gender and Political Participation
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is committed to contributing to the debate to advance gender and democracy issues in general, and to promote women's participation and representation in political life.

League of Women Voters
Information about the national organization, state and local Leagues, political campaigns, and other events of interest to anyone seeking nonpartisan information about U.S. national, state, and local government.

National Foundation for Women Legislators
The NFWL seeks to provide strategic resources to women leaders for leadership development and effective governance through conferences, effective seminars, educational programs, professional relationships, and networking at both the state and federal levels in nonpartisan ways.

National Organization for Women (NOW)
Information about the organization's activities, key issues, membership, and contacts.

White House Project
This project affiliated with the Women's Leadership Fund seeks to enhance public perceptions of women’s capacity to lead, change biases against women’s leadership ability, and foster the entry of women into positions of leadership, including the U.S. presidency.

Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) Australia, Inc.
"WEL Australia is a national independent political organisation dedicated to creating a society where women's participation and potential are unrestricted, acknowledged and respected and where women and men share equally in society's responsibilities and rewards."

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Political Parties & Action Committees

EMILY's List
EMILY's List supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates by raising campaign contributions, organizing campaigns and mobilizing Democratic women voters.

World Wide Web Site of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League; includes information about the national organization, state affiliates, publications by NARAL and others, and reproductive health issues.

National Federation of Republican Women
Includes information on getting involved in the organization, current events of interest in Washington, and resources available.

National Organization for Women Political Action Committees
NOW Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC) supports feminist candidates for federal office and NOW Equality PAC (NEP) supports feminist candidates for state and local office.

National Women's Political Caucus
Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is the only national, grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing the number of pro-choice women in elected and appointed office regardless of party affiliation."

Socialist International Women
SIW is the international organisation of the women's organisations of the socialist, social democratic and labour parties affiliated to the Socialist International. SIW is a non-governmental organisation with consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and at the Council of Europe.

Women Leaders Online
An organization "dedicated to mobilizing women over the Internet, empowering women politically and stopping the anti-women agenda of the Radical Right."

Women's Campaign Fund
Founded in 1974 after Roe v Wade, the WCF is the oldest non-partisan political action committee dedicated to electing progressive, pro-choice women running for office at all levels.

wufpac: women under forty political action committee
"In January 1999, a group of young women, representing diverse political, ethnic and geographic backgrounds, gathered together in Washington, DC to discuss the role of young women in politics. Recognizing that political capital is built by political tenure, and frustrated by the relatively low number of women currently holding political office, they created wufpac to support the efforts of young women running for the US Congress and state legislatures."

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Research Centers

Center for American Women and Politics
"A university-based research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women's relationship to politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life. CAWP is a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey."

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
Based at the University of Massachussetts, Boston and part of the John. W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy "is committed to advancing women's participation in the public life of Massachusetts, the New England region, and the nation."

Center for Women's Global Leadership
The Center for Women's Global Leadership (Global Center) develops and facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice worldwide.

A one-woman project, GenderGap gives information on elections and on women who are current and former federal and state goverment officials. There is a large section devoted to women in the US military.

Institute for Women's Policy Research
"...an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, established in 1987 to rectify the limited availability of policy relevant research on women's lives and to inform and stimulate debate on issues of critical importance for women."

International Women's Democracy Center
Founded by Barbara Ferris, former Women in Development Director for the Peace Corps, the IWDC works "in partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and established community leaders around the world, [and] provides the necessary tools and skills to women leaders to increase their participation in local, state and national politics, as well as in policy development and decision-making."

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs: Global Program in Women's Participation
NDI works to train, educate, and motivate women candidates and elected leaders, as well as women citizens, in the political process.

Women and Politics Institute
Based at American University's School of Public Affairs, the Women and Politics Institute offers courses and other opportunites to learn about women in the political arena.

UNIFEM: United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNIFEM's major areas of works are Economic Security and Rights, Women's Human Rights, and Governance, Peace, and Security.

United Nations Scholars' Workstation: Women's Issues
Partially annotated list of United Nations resources relating to women.

U.S. Government: Violence Against Women Office
Includes information about legislation, research and reports, how to get help, and related government Web sites.

The Women's Campaign School at Yale
"Women who wish to enter politics or move further up the ladder can gain the access and necessary skills by attending a special program developed by the Women's Campaign School at Yale University. The program trains and connects women to the needed resources in brief, but intensive sessions..."

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Symposia & Conferences

United Nations

Women in Contemporary Mexican Politics I
Women in Comtemporary Mexican Politics II
Includes the full-text of the proceedings from two bi-national conferences sponsored by the Mexican Center of the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and 1996.

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Internet Collections

FeMiNa: Politics
Links to World Wide Web resources relating to women and politics by FeMiNa, an on-line directory and database of "female-friendly" sites.

FMF: Internet Gateway: Women in Politics
The Feminist Majority Foundation's list of selected Internet sites relating to women in politics.

informM Women's Studies: Government and Politics
Produced and maintained by the University of Maryland, College Park; includes full-text articles from Update on Women and Family Issues in Congress (under "Congressional Caucus Updates"), The Getting it Gazette, speeches and press releases from the White House, and other useful resources relating to women in government and politics.

Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG): Women and Politics
The well-knowna and highly respected SOSIG offers links to articles and article collections, bibliographic databases, online books, government publications and

Women in Development Network (WIDNET)
Contains information about international organizations, resources, and documents relating to women and development.

Contains information on various issues and movements, including activism, reproductive rights, economics, and violence against women.

WWWomen: Community/Government
A lengthy index/directory to various resources relating to women and government, including politicians, candidates, and organizations with Web sites.

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Maintained by: Megan Adams, Wellesley College, madams1@swarthmore.edu
Originally created by: Diane Goldenberg-Hart
URL: http://libr.org/wgss/wgsslinks/politics.html
Last updated: June 29, 2004

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