Women's History Resources at UO Libraries
Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The 2020 Women's History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” The theme honors "the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others."
A great "first stop" for any research project, these guides contain a wealth of librarian-reccommended primary and secondary sources.
Special Collections and University Archives
The archives hold a variety of materials related to women's history.
- Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Special Collections
- Oregon Lesbian Land Manuscript Collections in Special Collections
- Oregon Suffrage: Abigail Scott Duniway Papers, 1852-1992
Coll 232B, 9.25 linear feet (28 containers)
Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915) moved to Oregon from Illinois in 1852 with her family on the Oregon Trail and kept a detailed journal of their travels. Duniway was later a key leader of the Woman's Suffrage Movement in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and she aided the national effort. This expansive collection contains her correspondence, published and unpublished literary works, documents pertaining to the suffrage movement, and a considerable amount of newspaper clippings reporting on Duniway's political and social work.
Streaming Video Services
Through Docuseek2 all members of the UO community have free access to hundreds of award-winning documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases -- including a wealth of titles about women's history and experience worldwide.
- "Women's History" playlist on Docuseek2 (off-campus access may require authentication)
- Books, articles, and dissertations in our collections
Recommended recent books on women’s suffrage:
- Cassidy, Tina. Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? : Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote, 37 Ink/Atria, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019.
- Ware, Susan. Why They Marched : Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote,The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.
- Burns, Ken and Barnes, Paul. Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. PBS Video, 2004.
(Note: Authentication may be required to access UO catalog records through the above links.)
- Zagarri, Rosemarie. A Woman's Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution. 2nd ed., Wiley, 2014.
- Carretta, Vincent. Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage. The University of Georgia Press, 2011.
- McCammon, Holly J., and Banaszak, Lee Ann. 100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: an Appraisal of Women's Political Activism, Oxford University Press, 2018.
(Note: Authentication may be required to access UO ebooks through the above links.)
Government Documents and Resources
- Text of 19th amendment
- Suffrage Amendment State History from the Women’s Legislative Network of the National Council of States
- Archives of sexuality & gender: LGBTQ history and culture since 1940
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBT Life Full Text
- Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
- Women and Social Movements US 1600-2000 (Alexander Street Press)