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Women's and Gender Studies

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Canadian Archive of Women in STEM.  (University of Ottawa) - In collaboration with Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Institute of Women in Engineering and Sciences (CIWES) (formerly INWES-ERI), the University of Ottawa Library - Archives and Special Collections is establishing a centre of expertise, for the benefit of current and future researchers, to document the history of women who have contributed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Canada.

The Canadian Women Artists History Initiative

The CWAHI was begun as a response to the absence of a national forum for discussion and research on historical women's art in Canada.  Their mandate is three-fold: 1) Research: to promote research on a wide range of historical Canadian women artists, through conferences, workshops, research, and publications; 2) Documentation Centre: to support this research through the creation of paper files - the Documentation Centre is open to the public; 3) Online resources: these include an Artist Database and an Exhibition Reviews Database.

The Canadian Women's Movement Portal (University of Ottawa) a bilingual pan-Canadian inventory of archival materials available in heritage institutions across the country.  Hosted by the UofO Library, the Portal supports researchers to locate archival collections that document the trajectory of feminist activism in Canada, since 1960.  This new tool aims to make it easier to access archival materials, to showcase documentary heritage, and to strengthen collaboration from coast to coast. The development of the Portal is part of the larger Women's Archives initiative<>, which aims to increase awareness of the Women’s Archives Collections held by the University of Ottawa Library's Archives and Special Collections, as well as the history of Canada’s feminist movements in general.

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British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of women, as revealed through pages of published letters and
diaries from 1500 to 1900, including several thousand pages of previously unpublished materials. Drawn journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings, much of the material is in copyright. Represented are all age groups and life stages, all ethnicities, many geographical regions, the famous and the not so famous.
The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database

Harriet Walter leads an all-female cast in these three productions of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest, all set in a women's prison.

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North American Women's Drama contains 1,517 plays by 330 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.
Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: Alexander Street Press
North American Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters.

The Aurora Metro Books collection offers a highly contemporary list of new drama with a focus on women’s drama, international drama, drama in translation, and drama by black and Asian writers.

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Defining Gender This exciting collection of original source material from British and European archives will enrich the teaching and research experience of those studying history, literature, sociology, education and cultural studies from a gendered perspective. Manuscripts, printed works and illustrations combine to address the key issues from both masculine and feminine perspectives.

Women and the Law  

HeinOnline's Women and the Law, is a database that brings together more than 3,200 books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to women’s roles in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides the ability to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

Women and Social Movements in the US, 1600-2000

This collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women’s history generally. The collection currently includes 124 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,800 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.