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Reference Resources for Gender Studies

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion
R 200.82 En19y

Approximately 600 articles provide comparative study of issues such as mythology, ordination and afterlife; wide ranging perspectives including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and others; discussions of the relationship of religion to the study of art, literature, and science; historical perspectives on religions both new and prehistoric.

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender
R 305.4 En19w

Examines psychological differences in personality, cognition, and behavior, as well as biologically based differences and how those differences impact behavior. Coverage includes studies of these differences in applied settings such as education, business, the home, in politics, sports competition, etc.

The Timetables of Women's History
R 305.4 G853t

A chronology of women's history, with nearly 100 short essays on topics such as housework, dowry, pornography, Renaissance artists, women in early Islam, and the feminization of poverty.

Handbook of American Women's History
R305.4 H191z

Short articles on key people, events, and ideas that have shaped the history of women in the United States, featuring photographs and artwork illustrating key concepts, as well as bibliographies of primary and secondary sources for each entry.

Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World
R 305.4 Sa34e

Covering the period from prehistory to approximately A.D. 500, entries discuss individual women, whether historical, mythological, or biblical, and a number of cultural and social topics, including contraception, jewelry, prostitution, and work.

Women and Gender in Medieval Europe
R 305.4 W842s

Examines the daily reality of medieval women from all walks of life in Europe between 450 CE and 1500 CE, i.e., from the fall of the Roman Empire to the discovery of the Americas. Provides a comprehensive understanding of medieval women's lives and experiences.

Women's Studies Encyclopedia
R 305.4 W842tr

Articles focus on feminist research in the natural, behavioral, and social sciences; health and medicine; economics; linguistics; political sciences; and the law. Topics include violence against women, women in public life, and women in specific countries and regions.

Women in the Middle Ages
R 305.4 W842w

Biographical essays cover women from the Middle East, Persia, India, and China, as well as England and Europe, while overview essays discuss the conditions of women living in these regions. Topical essays encompass a broad range of daily concerns for medieval women, including virginity, midwifery, religious fasting, and styles of dress.

The Gay Decades
R 305.90664 R936g

Focuses on the years following the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969, which have been marked by the development of a gay culture and identity. Includes materials not only pertaining to gay men and lesbians but also to politicians, rock and pop stars, and a multitude of others who have had an impact on the lives and captured the imagination of gay people.

Human Sexuality: an Encyclopedia
R 306.7 H88

More than 200 articles cover a variety of sex-related topics, including abortion, cancer and sexuality, lovemaps, nazis and sex, paraphilias, and virility and machismo. Sexuality in art, literature, and film is also examined.

Encyclopedia of Homosexuality
R 306.766 En19d

Provides a collection of articles on the issues surrounding homosexuality, terms, biographical information, and references. Coverage includes historical, medical, psychological, sociological, and transcultural and transgeographical information.

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States
R 810.992 Ox2d

Articles span four centuries of American women's writing and are primarily biographical in nature. Also includes information on literary styles (French feminism), objects (journals and diaries), and institutions (libraries) central to women's writing.

Black Women in America
R 920.7 B561h

Guide to both the history and status of African American women. Although the majority of the entries are biographical, organizations, movements, and the place of black women in the arts, literature, and various professions are also thoroughly discussed.

Women in World History
R 920.7 W842c

Features women from all walks of life, including: rulers, royalty, lawyers, politicians, soldiers, heroines, pacifists, resistance fighters, financiers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors, authors and more.

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