Top 5 women’s studies library resources

Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement and one of the most important feminist public figures of all time, was born today (15th July) in 1858. To celebrate her birthday and work we thought we would give you a taster of women’s studies resources here at University of Edinburgh Library.

1. Take a look at the database Women, War & Society (part of Archives Unbound). The First World War had a revolutionary and permanent impact on the personal, social and professional lives of all women. This database is a collection of primary source materials sourced from the Imperial War Museum, London that documents the essential contribution women made to the war in Europe. You can access this and other relevant databases at databases for women’s studies.


2. The Library has a large collection of books on various aspects of feminism, gender and women’s studies. Have a look on the 2nd floor of the Main Library for books with shelfmarks HQ1101-2030.7 (women and feminism). Also on the 2nd floor have a look for JN979 (women’s suffrage in the UK). On the 3rd floor why not look for the shelfmark P94.5.W65 (feminism or women in the media). Use the Library Catalogue to find more books and remember that some books may be held in the HUB Collection on the ground floor, under the same shelfmarks.


3. Find e-journals like the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy by searching the Library Catalogue or e-journals list.


4. You can watch or listen to tv and radio programmes such as Women,  History of the World: Suffragette City, Clare Balding’s Secrets of a Suffragette, Up the Women, Tales from the Old Bailey (episode 4), Women with a Past, etc., on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)BoB have put together their own short playlist of programmes about Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes which you can access at Emmeline Pankhurst Playlist.


5. You’ll find e-books on women’s studies on the Library Catalogue – like this one The aftermath of suffrage:  Women, gender, and politics in Britain, 1918-1945.



Looking for more information on Emmeline Pankhurst? Have a look at her entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science.

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