Our newest online collection, Women and Social Movements, International—1840 to Present, is now live. With more than 150,000 pages, drawn from over 300 sources, Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection that provides an unparalleled look at the ways that women's social movements shaped the events and attitudes that have defined modern life.
Women's international organizations have focused on issues related to peace, poverty, child labor, literacy, disease prevention, and global inequality. By exploring traditions of women's activism, we can reach a full understanding of modern society and history. Women and Social Movements, International provides an unparalleled survey of how women's struggles against gendered inequalities promoted their engagement with other issues over time and across cultures. Faced with resistance from national political parties and organizations in the 19th and 20th centuries, women created international organizations where they pioneered policies that were adopted by national and international governing bodies. For example:
- President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points built on resolutions adopted by the Women's Peace Conference at The Hague in 1915.
- Madeleine Z. Doty, correspondent for Good Housekeeping in Moscow during the Russian Revolution, shaped the policies of the League of Nations in the 1920s.
- Minerva Bernardino of the Dominican Republic helped launch the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Women and Social Movements, International brings a fresh understanding of the world we inherited from these women and their organizations with journals, manuscripts, letters, photographs, diaries, and ephemera; reports from different national committees (which facilitate comparison and multiple perspectives); and links to twenty thousand additional pages of valuable primary resources on the Web. Much of this material is still in copyright and previously-unpublished, and the collection is backed by a global editorial board of 130 leading scholars.
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