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  • 1. Image: Playbill for The New Woman (1894) by Sydney Grundy. From the Sally Fox Collection. Feminism and Libraries
  • 2. Feminism is, at its simplest, the belief that women should have equal access to the resources that are available to men. Librarians have a unique opportunity to recognize and support social movements that attempt to level the playing field for disadvantaged groups.
  • 3. Feminism in the ALA Feminist Task Force --Founded in 1970 to address issues of sexism in libraries and librarianship. Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship --Monitors issues of discrimination involving pay and resources Amelia Bloomer Project --Recognizes children’s literature that challenges gender stereotypes and promotes strong female characters
  • 4. ACRL Women's Studies Section The mission: "To discuss, promote, and support women's studies collections and services in academic and research libraries." The WSS provides links to: •  Archives •  Collections •  Databases •  Related Organizations
  • 5. Sophia Smith Collection •  Founded in 1942 •  Collections include primary documents from the Suffrage movement and women's labor history through contemporary feminist movements •  Digital collections and exhibits including the Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project
  • 6. Schlesinger Library •  Founded in 1943 with the donation of Radcliffe alumna Maud Wood Park's collection of Suffrage memorabilia •  Archives include the papers of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the records of NOW •  Culinary collection including the papers of MFK Fisher and Julia Child and the archives of Radcliffe, 1879-1999
  • 7. Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture •  Permanently endowed in 1993 as part of Duke's Special Collections library •  Focus is on Southern women, girl culture, church women, women authors and publishers, women of color •  Zine collection created in 2000 featuring over 4,000 zines mostly published from 1985 to 2005
  • 8. Additional Resources Radical Reference: Answers for those who question authority Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out Progressive Librarians Guild