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                                                                                                April 2007


Dear Colleague—

This newsletter is our spring update on Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.  We’ve been very busy since our last newsletter and want to share our future plans. 


For five months we have been sponsoring The "Second Wave" and Beyond, a free online "scholarly community" of feminist thinkers to discuss and record the history of feminist activism since 1960.  This new resource is directed by an editorial board consisting of Judith Ezekiel, Stephanie Gilmore, Kimberly Springer, and Sherri Barnes.  Check it out and register to participate at

We also plan a second online community, "Teaching Women’s History," though that will not start before the fall.   We'll be touch in future newsletters as that initiative gets closer to launching.


Since our last newsletter we previewed our new database on local and state commissions on the status of women as part of an expanded version of WASM, Scholar's Edition. Hopefully your received our email notices of its availability during March, Women's History Month.   The Scholar's Edition will include WASM as you have come to know it, our database on Women's State Commissions, and an online edition of Notable American Women.  We are merging these resources into Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 and in this way we'll be taking full advantage of WASM's database and searching capabilities.  We are very excited anticipating the growth of WASM Scholar's Edition in the next year or two.  For a modest additional charge, WASM subscribers can upgrade from the Basic to the Scholar's Edition.  Have your acquisitions librarian contact Eileen Lawrence at Alexander Street Press ( or 800-889-5937 ext. 211 (U.S. and Canada) or 703-212-8520 ext. 211 (international)) for prices, which will range from $150 to $1000 a year, depending on the size and budget of your library. 


We had a good many WASM events at the OAH and enjoyed seeing a fair number of you there.  At our luncheon we had a demonstration of the new State Commissions Collection  and discussed its possibilities.  We also had two sessions focusing on the 30th anniversary of the 1977 Houston National Women's Conference.  Our work on expanding our document project on Houston is going very well and we are now securing permissions to enable us to publish about forty hours of mp3 files of speeches and debates on various resolutions from that conference.  That material should appear in the December 2006 or March 2007 quarterly issue. Finally, we announced at the OAH our first annual WASM prize.


The Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Alexander Street Press will award an annual prize of $500 for the best scholarly use of the primary source materials archived on the website. We invite work that draws on one of the following three sets of sources:

(1) Proceedings of Women's Rights Conventions, 1848-1869;
(2) Published sources related to the woman suffrage movement, 1830-1930, including the six-volume History of Woman Suffrage, 1848-1922;
(3) Minutes of the annual national conventions of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898. 
Submissions should take one of the following three forms:  (1) a scholarly article of not more than 10,000 words, (2) a bibliographic essay illuminating the sources, or (3) a document project.  The winning entry will be selected by a prize committee consisting of scholars, archivists, and librarians, and will be published on the Women and Social Movements website



As announced in October 2006, a group of Canadian scholars of Women’s History is editing a special quarterly issue with document projects and book and website reviews devoted to Canadian Women’s History.  We hope that these and other future document projects will give the website a thoroughly North American perspective. The call for submission of proposals for this initiative is available online at:



We are pleased to announce a new effort to integrate more fully the history of Catholic Women and Social Movements in the United States into WASM.  To that end, Professor Carol Coburn ( of Avila University will be taking a lead in soliciting proposals for document projects that address this topic.  Her call for submission of proposals is available at


In this first issue of 2007 we are publishing two new document projects and our normal array of reviews and news from the archives. The two projects complement one another and offer an excellent window into the intersection of race and gender in the civil rights and women's movements between 1940 and the mid-1970s. Our first document project, written by Cynthia Taylor, examines the efforts of black women to operate within the male-led and -dominated March on Washington Movement during World War II. The project's epilogue carries the story of gender relations in the civil rights movement forward to the 1963 March on Washington. Activists Pauli Murray and Anna Arnold Hedgeman provide a bridge between the two campaigns and their later writings demonstrate the persistence of male dominance within the civil rights movement even in the early 1960s. The second document project, authored by Serena Mayeri, traces the further influence of Pauli Murray on changing feminist legal strategies in the 1960s and '70s. Mayeri demonstrates how a veteran of civil rights litigation was able to help shape a blending of the formerly competing strategies of equal rights feminists and labor feminists into an approach that ultimately led all feminists to embrace the Equal Rights Amendment by the mid-1970s.

With this quarterly issue of the database, we continue to publish full-text sources related to the history of the women’s organizations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This issue includes another  installment of twenty-five years of the minutes and reports of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898.  When this series is complete in the summer of 2007, we expect to have published 6,000 pages of NWCTU annual reports from the Union’s first national convention through the close of Frances Willard’s period as president of the organization.  We are now gathering publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000, and plan to launch a new focus on the League in our full-text sources section beginning in December.

You can access a table of contents of the new issue of the journal at

FUTURE ISSUES:  Future document projects in our pipeline focus on:



We continue to solicit new proposals for document projects to be published on the website.  Our national editorial board oversees a peer review system that evaluates prospective contributions and offers editorial support to author/editors.  If you are interested in preparing a document project based on your research, we would be glad to exchange email with you about your work and the submission process.  If your prospective document project concerns post-1960 feminism, please contact either Judith Ezekiel at or Stephanie Gilmore at  For a project idea concerning women in the colonial or early national period, contact Patricia Cleary at  For other project possibilities, please contact Tom Dublin at or Kitty Sklar at

Thanks for your continuing interest in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.  As you look over the website, please share your reactions with us and let us know any ideas you may have about how we can better serve your needs and interests.

                                                                 Best wishes,

                                                         Kitty Sklar

                                                        Tom Dublin

                                                        Kate Babbitt

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