Welcome to Women & Politics, part of WGSSLinks,
developed and maintained by the
Women & Gender Studies Section of the Association
of College and Research Libraries.
This page provides a selective, annotated list of links
with information on women and politics. Individual women politicians'
Web pages are not listed.
List in International Politics
From the WGSS Core Lists of books in women's studies; "intended to
assist women's studies librarians and collection development librarians
in building women's studies collections." By Anne Mosby Page.
List in U.S. Politics
From the WGSS Core Lists of books in women's studies (see above); by Susan
Women in Politics
From the Interparliamentary Union. "Anyone wishing to know what has
been written on the subject of women's participation in political life
or on a particular aspect of this question is faced with a challenge:
not so much the challenge of the scarcity of bibliographical references,
but rather that of the difficulty of gaining access to a reliable database
containing a broad selection of bibliographical references grouped by
affinities. ... Women in Politics seeks to fill this gap. It has been
developed with the contribution of the United Nations Development Programme
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Biographies & Directories
Ladies of the United States of America
Biographies written by Margaret B. Klaphthor, Curator Emeritus of the
National First Ladies'
Detailed bibliographies, including listings of articles, theses, and manuscript
in Congress: Congresswomen's Biographies
Brief biographies of all the women who have served in the U.S. House of
Women of Past and Present: Government and Politics
Created by Danuta Bois; contains biographies of women from around the
world, arranged in chronological order.
Women in Decision-Making
"This database provides information about women in political leadership
in the European Union."
Directory of Women's Political Leadership 1995, 4th edition
Information on women leaders and organizations around the world collected
by the Center for Political Leadership & Participation at the University
of Maryland College Park.
Women political leaders and rulers from 1945 to the present.
to Women in Leadership
Guide to women who have been state leaders, rulers, heads of governments,
ministers, chairs of parliaments, party leaders, local leaders, royalty,
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Activist Email Lists
Listing of many activist discussion groups. Many focus on political action.
Maintained by Joan Korenman.
Social Science Email Lists
Listing of many social science discussion groups. Many have some focus
on political action. Maintained by Joan Korenman.
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Newsletters & Journals
Political Woman Hotline
Newsletter for Women Leaders Online,
an organization "dedicated to mobilizing women over the Internet,
empowering women politically and stopping the anti-women agenda of the
Radical Right." Site mostly contains issues from 1995 and 1996.
& Politics: A Quarterly Journal of Research and Policy Studies
Contains abstracts of some articles published in the journal, guidelines
for submission, a contributors' checklist, and links to other sites about
women and political science.
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of University Women (AAUW)
Legal Advocacy Fund
"The nation's largest legal fund focused solely on sex discrimination
in higher education, the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and
support for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination."
Voter Education Campaign
A national campaign designed "to educate women voters, mobilize
the grassroots, launch organized get-out-the-vote drives, and get more
women to the polls."
A research and campaigning organisation for women in Scotland. Particular
strengths of the site are the sections on women in Scottish Parliament
and the Gender Audit, which maps Scottish women's position in society.
European Women's Lobby
The European Women's Lobby (EWL) is the largest co-ordinating body of
national and European non-governmental women's organisations in the European
Union, with over 3000 member associations in the 15 Member States. Their
goal is to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to
serve as a link between political decision-makers and women's organisations
at EU level.
Feminist Majority Foundation
Provides information for and about women candidates and women's issues,
particularly under the "Take Action!" link.
Girls' Pipeline to Power
Sponsored by the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council in Boston, this organization
is dedicated to getting girls (and women) of all backgrounds into leadership
positions and to get girls information about politics.
Global Fund for
The Global Fund for Women is a grantmaking foundation supporting women's
human rights organizations around the world. Besides working for basic
human rights, one of their stated goals is to strengthen women's political
International IDEA: Gender
and Political Participation
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is
committed to contributing to the debate to advance gender and democracy
issues in general, and to promote women's participation and representation
in political life.
League of Women Voters
Information about the national organization, state and local Leagues,
political campaigns, and other events of interest to anyone seeking nonpartisan
information about U.S. national, state, and local government.
for Women Legislators
The NFWL seeks to provide strategic resources to women leaders for leadership
development and effective governance through conferences, effective seminars,
educational programs, professional relationships, and networking at both
the state and federal levels in nonpartisan ways.
National Organization for Women
Information about the organization's activities, key issues, membership,
White House Project
This project affiliated with the Women's Leadership Fund seeks to enhance
public perceptions of women’s capacity to lead, change biases against
women’s leadership ability, and foster the entry of women into positions
of leadership, including the U.S. presidency.
Women's Electoral Lobby
(WEL) Australia, Inc.
"WEL Australia is a national independent political organisation dedicated
to creating a society where women's participation and potential are unrestricted,
acknowledged and respected and where women and men share equally in society's
responsibilities and rewards."
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Political Parties & Action
EMILY's List supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates by raising
campaign contributions, organizing campaigns and mobilizing Democratic
World Wide Web Site of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action
League; includes information about the national organization, state affiliates,
publications by NARAL and others, and reproductive health issues.
National Federation of Republican Women
Includes information on getting involved in the organization, current
events of interest in Washington, and resources available.
National Organization for Women Political Action
NOW Political Action Committee (NOW/PAC) supports feminist candidates
for federal office and NOW Equality PAC (NEP) supports feminist candidates
for state and local office.
National Women's Political Caucus
Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is the only
national, grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing the
number of pro-choice women in elected and appointed office regardless
of party affiliation."
Socialist International Women
SIW is the international organisation of the women's organisations of
the socialist, social democratic and labour parties affiliated to the
Socialist International. SIW is a non-governmental organisation with consultative
status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and at the Council
Women Leaders Online
An organization "dedicated to mobilizing women over the Internet, empowering
women politically and stopping the anti-women agenda of the Radical Right."
Women's Campaign Fund
Founded in 1974 after Roe v Wade, the WCF is the oldest non-partisan political
action committee dedicated to electing progressive, pro-choice women running
for office at all levels.
wufpac: women under forty political action committee
"In January 1999, a group of young women, representing diverse political,
ethnic and geographic backgrounds, gathered together in Washington, DC
to discuss the role of young women in politics. Recognizing that political
capital is built by political tenure, and frustrated by the relatively
low number of women currently holding political office, they created wufpac
to support the efforts of young women running for the US Congress and
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Center for American Women and Politics
"A university-based research, education and public service center. Its
mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women's
relationship to politics and government and to enhance women's influence
and leadership in public life. CAWP is a unit of the Eagleton Institute
of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey."
Center for Women in
Politics and Public Policy
Based at the University of Massachussetts, Boston and part of the John.
W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs, the Center for Women in Politics
and Public Policy "is committed to advancing women's participation
in the public life of Massachusetts, the New England region, and the nation."
Center for Women's Global Leadership
The Center for Women's Global Leadership (Global Center) develops and
facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice
A one-woman project, GenderGap gives information on elections and on women
who are current and former federal and state goverment officials. There
is a large section devoted to women in the US military.
Institute for Women's Policy Research
"...an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization incorporated
in the District of Columbia, established in 1987 to rectify the limited
availability of policy relevant research on women's lives and to inform
and stimulate debate on issues of critical importance for women."
International Women's Democracy Center
Founded by Barbara Ferris, former Women in Development Director for the
Peace Corps, the IWDC works "in partnership with non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) and established community leaders around the world, [and] provides
the necessary tools and skills to women leaders to increase their participation
in local, state and national politics, as well as in policy development
National Democratic Institute
for International Affairs: Global Program in Women's Participation
NDI works to train, educate, and motivate women candidates and elected
leaders, as well as women citizens, in the political process.
Women and Politics Institute
Based at American University's School of Public Affairs, the Women and
Politics Institute offers courses and other opportunites to learn about
women in the political arena.
UNIFEM: United Nations Development
Fund for Women
UNIFEM's major areas of works are Economic
Security and Rights, Women's
Human Rights, and Governance,
Peace, and Security.
United Nations Scholars' Workstation:
Partially annotated list of United Nations resources relating to women.
U.S. Government: Violence Against Women
Includes information about legislation, research and reports, how to get
help, and related government Web sites.
The Women's Campaign School at Yale
"Women who wish to enter politics or move further up the ladder can gain
the access and necessary skills by attending a special program developed
by the Women's Campaign School at Yale University. The program trains
and connects women to the needed resources in brief, but intensive sessions..."
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Symposia & Conferences
in Contemporary Mexican Politics I
in Comtemporary Mexican Politics II
Includes the full-text of the proceedings from two bi-national conferences
sponsored by the Mexican Center of the Institute of Latin American Studies
(ILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and 1996.
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Links to World Wide Web resources relating to women and politics by FeMiNa,
an on-line directory and database of "female-friendly" sites.
Internet Gateway: Women in Politics
The Feminist Majority Foundation's list of selected Internet sites relating
to women in politics.
Women's Studies: Government and Politics
Produced and maintained by the University of Maryland, College Park; includes
full-text articles from Update on Women and Family Issues in Congress
(under "Congressional Caucus Updates"), The Getting it Gazette,
speeches and press releases from the White House, and other useful resources
relating to women in government and politics.
Science Information Gateway (SOSIG): Women and Politics
The well-knowna and highly respected SOSIG offers links to articles and
article collections, bibliographic databases, online books, government
Women in Development Network (WIDNET)
Contains information about international organizations, resources, and
documents relating to women and development.
Contains information on various issues and movements, including activism,
reproductive rights, economics, and violence against women.
A lengthy index/directory to various resources relating to women and government,
including politicians, candidates, and organizations with Web sites.
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Maintained by: Megan Adams, Wellesley College, firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally created by: Diane Goldenberg-Hart
Last updated: June 29, 2004