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Resources

If you are interested in learning more about the contributions of women to society in the past and present or would like to learn more about gender-related issues, please explore the links below.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians: This is a plain but valuable site, packed with biographies of female mathematicians. The bios are arranged alphabetically and chronologically, making it easier for visitors to browse by name or time period. The site also lists references, and, in some cases, links to additional information at the end of a bio. The homepage also has lists of the first females to earn Ph.D.s and win prizes and awards in math.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present: This site provides brief (and in some cases not so brief) biographies of hundreds of women, sorted both by field of activity and by name. The Related Sites page contains links to more specialized sites; though the list is not annotated, the titles of the sites are generally self-explanatory.

The Girls of Summer: Starting with the Bloomer Girls in the late 1800s, this site charts the rise and fall, and rise and fall again of women's baseball and softball teams. Visitors can use the roster to read profiles of such legendary diamond stars as Edith Houghton (1920s), Dottie Stolze (1940s) and Kim Braatz-Voisard (1990s). Several profiles, including Stolze's, include audio or video clips of the player discussing her experiences on and off the field; requires RealPlayer.

Multimedia Exhibits in Women's History: This site, from the Middle Tennessee State University Library, is a guide to multimedia exhibits in women's history. The page contains annotated links for a small variety of American women's history sites, including 3 sites on the suffrage movement, Women at War, a site about women's contributions to the production of chemical and conventional weapons during World War II, and Women of Science at the Marine Biological Library, Massachusetts.

Not For Ourselves Alone: By focusing on two major figures in the sufrage movement, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, this PBS site offers a different slant on the struggle to win women the right to vote. Stanton and Anthony began their partnership in 1851, although neither lived long enough to see their work pay off. This site follows their victories and defeats and the progress of the entire suffrage movement. The site itself is outstanding, linking images, documents, timelines and audio files to create an irresistable documentary force.

NOW Issues: This link is to the issues page of the National Organization for Women site. Not only does it give a good list of current issues, the links about each issue also lead to a wealth of information.

Salem: Witchcraft Hysteria: Although men were occasionally convicted of witchcraft, the bulk of the accusation in America and Europe were against women. This interactive site from National Geographic attempts to re-create the experience of being accused and tried as a witch in Salem, Mass., in 1692. Each text block links to the next, taking the viewer step by step through the process. There is only one choice to be made: Do you confess?

Women in America, 1820-1842: One corner of a larger site on Alexis de Tocqueville, this simple yet elegant page aims to provide "a more complete and varied picture of the life of American women than can be gleaned from the text of [de Tocqueville's] Democracy in America alone." It does so by compiling the observations of a number of 19th-century writers who, with one exception, were foreigners who traveled to the United States. Among the writers included are Michel Chevalier, James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Margaret Hall, and Harriet Martineau. You can view the excerpts by topic or chronologically by author.

Women's History Month: This site has more links than it does information; however, it is a useful resource for the history behind Women's History Month

Women's Military History From 1776 to 1998: With a no-nonsense, factual attitude, this site sets out to document women's exploits in the military. Get an overview at A Timeline of Women Warriors, or focus on a smaller group such as POWs, or perhaps spies. There's also a section of firsts: first military women to enlist, receive medals and appear on a postage stamp.

Women of the West: Featuring both primary and secondary texts, this webpage also has links and images to round out a sparse but well-done source.