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SDSU Library Resources on Women's History

Women's history has been an important part of SDSU since the formation of the Women's Studies Program in 1970. Nationally, women's history week was first celebrated in 1981, and women's history month in 1987.

Online Resources


Suggested Reading

Citizenship and the origins of women's history in the United States

Teresa Anne Murphy

"As woman's rights activists recognized, citizenship encompassed activities that ranged far beyond specific legal rights for women to their broader terms of inclusion in society, the economy, and government. Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States demonstrates that citizenship is at the heart of women's history and, consequently, that women's history is the history of nations."
-- publisher's website

Rethinking American women's activism

Annelise Orleck

"Showing that women's activism has taken many forms, has intersected with issues of class and race, and has continued during periods of backlash, Rethinking American Women's Activism is a perfect introduction to the subject for anyone interested in women's history and social movements."
-- publisher's website

The dinner party : restoring women to history

Judy Chicago

"Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party is a defining work of feminist and contemporary art that brought women's history to light on the national stage when it was completed in 1979. Published to coincide with Chicago's 75th birthday and a nationwide series of events and exhibitions, the book features newly commissioned photography and two new essays by Chicago, along with essays by art historian Fraces Borzello and historian Jane Gerhard, and a foreword from museum director Arnold Lehman."
-- publisher's website

The reader's companion to U.S. women's history

An ebook that "gathers together many articles to offer a diverse, rich, and often neglected panorama of the nation's past."
-- publisher's website

Writing women's history: a tribute to Anne Firor Scott

An ebook of essays that were originally presented at the Thirty-second Annual Porter L. Fortune Jr. History Symposium at the University of Mississippi.

Unequal sisters : an inclusive reader in U.S. women's history

Edited by Vicki L. Ruiz with Ellen Carol Dubois

This contains a wide range of essays discussing women of color in American history.

Primary Sources

The Library's Special Collections and University Archives has many collections of archival and manuscript material that relate to women's history.

Reference Sources

The women's studies research guide lists reference sources such as atlases, biographies, encyclopedias, quotations, statistics, and timelines that relate to women's history.


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Women's Studies Guides

Compiled by Laurel Bliss, Fine Arts Librarian