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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Women going global

There's a new blog WIG Women, Internationalisms, and Gender 1848 to the Present dedicated to the study of women's transnational activism. Not many posts yet, since it's only just gone live, but a couple of them draw attention to the exciting documentation project, Women and Social Movements, International
a landmark collection of primary materials drawn from more than 300 repositories. Assembled and cross-searchable for the first time, these resources illuminate vast areas of modern history. Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, Women and Social Movements, International lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life. To the present, women’s international organizations have focused on issues related to peace, poverty, child labor, literacy, disease prevention, and global inequality.
The first release of Women and Social Movements, International is online and freely available for the month of February, at  30,000 pages of the eventual 150,000. This post on WIG suggests that this blog might serve as a useful clearing-house for tips for searching this immense amount of valuable historical documentation.

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