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Civil Rights and Social Movements

Women's Liberation Movement

The Feminine Mystique.
Betty Friedan. New York, Norton, 1963.
The book often credited with kick-starting the 2d wave of the women's movement. Available?
American Women: Report of the President's Commission on the Status of Women
Washington, DC, Government Printing Office, 1963.
Women's Liberation Movement Print Culture
Manifestos, speeches, essays, and other materials documenting various aspects of the Women's Movement in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.
Miss America Protests, 1968 and 1969
Photographs, articles, flyers, planning documents, and responses to the 1968 and 1969 Miss America pageant protests. From the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections.
Chronology of the Women's Movement in the U.S., 1961-1975
Washington, National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1975. Available?
Women's Rights in the United States of America: A Report Prepared by the Women's Rights Task Force of the U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C., U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1979.

1975: International Women's Year

International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History
Jocelyn Olcott. New York, Oxford University Press, 2017.
The Spirit of Houston: The First National Women's Conference: An Official Report to the President, the Congress and the People of the United States
Washington, D.C., National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, March, 1978.
"...To Form a More Perfect Union...": Justice for American Women
Report of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year. 1976.

American Women

Women's Rights in the United States : A Documentary History
Winston E. Langley and Vivian C. Fox, editors. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
Key primary documents including speeches and letters, congressional testimony, court decisions, government reports, position papers, statutes, and news stories. From the Colonial period through 1993. Available?
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
Books, images, essays, and primary documents organized around "document projects" that pose a question relating to the role of women in U.S. social movements. Also allows you to go directly to documents relating to specific Social Movements. Rutgers-restricted Access.
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon. University Press of Mississippi, 2009.
Thirty-nine full-text addresses by women who spoke out while the struggle was at its most intense.
Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources
Detroit, Gale, 2006.
"Approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context." Emphasis on the women's rights and gay rights movements in the U.S. and Britain.
Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign.
Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
"Between 1897 and 1911 Anne Fitzhugh Miller (1865-1912) and her mother, Elizabeth Smith Miller (1822-1911), filled seven large scrapbooks with convention programs, letters, press clippings, photographs, pins, ribbons, banners, and other memorabilia. The scrapbooks were created primarily to document the activities of the Geneva Political Equality Club, which the Millers founded in Geneva, New York, in 1897. They also record some of the persistent efforts of a growing number of dedicated women and men working for woman suffrage at the state, national, and international levels."

NOW: The National Organization for Women

NOW Statement of Purpose. Adopted October 29, 1966.

The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993. Uses NOW documents as the organizing focal point of the movement in these years.

FBI Files on the National Organization for Women. Beginning with a file on a planned demonstration in front of the White House on 5/7/69.

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade. Supreme Court opinions and arguements on the question: Does the Constitution embrace a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy by abortion?


Half the People, 1970. Alexandria, Va., PBS Video, 1999. Available?


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