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Women’s Studies Archive: Voice and Vision Digital Archive

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2021 12:15 PM

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Much of history is one-sided, focusing mainly on the male perspective and leaving women's voices unheard. Bringing women’s stories to light, the Women’s Studies Archive connects archival collections concerning women’s history from across the globe and from a wide range of sources. Focusing on the evolution of feminism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the archive provides materials on women’s political activism, such as suffrage, birth control, pacifism, civil rights, and socialism, and on women’s voices, from female-authored literature to women’s periodicals. By providing the opportunity to witness female perspectives, Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive is an essential source for researchers working in Women’s History, Gender Studies and Social History.


Voice and Vision builds on the platform started with Issues and Identities and brings yet more female voices to the forefront. Particular attention has been paid to the mediums through which women have created a voice for themselves, with female-authored literature, journals and magazines that were produced by women, not just for women. Looking beyond simply women’s suffrage, the archive covers multiple areas that are of key importance to the study of women’s history from a diverse and global perspective, from the abolition of slavery, alcohol and temperance movements, pacifism, and political activism, to domestic service, education, health and hygiene, divorce, and social reform – giving researchers full access to a vital aspect of women’s history.

In Voice and Vision, particular attention has been paid to the mediums through which women have created a voice for themselves. Gale has answered the call for more female authored material with several collections that focus solely on female authors or magazines and journals produced by women, not just for women. Researchers will gain access to periodicals not only written by, but illustrated and published by, women and so better representing the female voice. Alongside these periodicals is a range of female authored literature, further bringing women’s stories, from a woman’s perspective, into the fore.




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