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October 2005

Dear Colleague--

We're pleased to share the latest news involving the website, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.

The seventh issue (9:3) of our online quarterly journal appeared this fall at http://www.alexanderstreet6.com/wasm. It includes two document projects focused on post-1960 feminism and five book and website reviews and full-text versions of four books. The new document projects are:

“How Did State Commissions on the Status of Women Overcome Historic Antagonisms between Equal Rights and Labor Feminists to Create a New Feminist Mainstream, 1963-1973?” BY KATHLEEN A. LAUGHLIN

“How Did Diverse Activists in the Second Wave of the Women's Movement Shape Emerging Public Policy on Sexual Harassment?” BY CARRIE N. BAKER

You can access a table of contents of the new issue of the journal at http://womhist.binghamton.edu/issueV9N3.htm. Our full-text sources now total 22,000 pages on the woman suffrage movement and women's organizations, 1830-1930. You can get a list of the 85 full-text sources currently available by going to "Browse-Sources" and clicking on the link to "Fulltext only." We are organizing the next major addition to these full-text sources and beginning in June 2006 will be publishing the minutes of the annual conventions of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898. They will amount to about 6,000 pages and their publication will extend over fifteen months.

This current issue publishes for the first time two new features of WASM, "Notes from the Archives," edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Curator for the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, and a piece by Carol Lasser and Joanna Steinberg as part of the new section, “The Visual Record.” The new archives section offers brief descriptions by archivists and curators of newly accessed or opened materials available for research in U.S. Women’s History. If you are an archivist and curator and would like to reach a broad audience interested in such resources, please email Tanya with information for future listings. The Lasser and Steinberg article, “Making Gendered Poverty Visible: W.A. Rogers’s 'Slaves of the Sweaters’ and Attitudes toward Women and Child Wage Earners,” offers a compelling visual analysis of an image that has been up on the website for some time, but has not itself been the subject of critical examination. We have an initiative in place to increase the visual content of the website and to integrate such material more fully into its analytical perspective. If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please see our call for submissions and send email to Carol to discuss your interests.

Meanwhile, future issues of our online journal will include:

We continue to solicit new proposals for document projects to be published in our quarterly updates of the website. In the past year and a half we have established a national editorial board and created a peer review system for evaluating prospective contributions and offering editorial support to author/editors. If you think you might be 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, feel free to contact either Judith Ezekiel or Stephanie Gilmore. For a project idea concerning women in the colonial or early national period, contact Patricia Cleary. For other project possibilities, please send email to Tom Dublin or Kitty Sklar.

A new idea for the website that came out of our meetings last spring at the OAH and Berks conferences is the establishment of WASM discussion groups where users of the website can share ideas on how to use the site in their research and teaching and to communicate with other historians with similar interests. We are working on the programming of these features and will be launching them sometime this year. Keep an eye out on our editorial and subscription websites for further announcements.

Thanks for your continuing interest in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. As you look over the new 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

Melissa Doak

 

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