Social Justice Resource Project

Women's Issues


Since 1881 the American Association of University Women has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.

The Association—with more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 550 college/university institution partners nationwide—advocates education and equity. Since its founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in our public policy efforts, programs, and diversity initiatives. AAUW's work extends globally through its international connections and membership in the International Federation of University Women.

The AAUP focuses on issues of concern to female faculty members. The AAUP has developed policy statements, guidelines and resources on equity in pay for female faculty, work/family, affirmative action, sexual harrassment, and Title IX. Under the auspices of the Committee on Women in the Academic Profession, the Association publishes Paychecks, a workbook for identifying salary inequities and has recently published the FMLA Guide.

  • Institute for Women's Leadership

    The Institute for Women’s Leadership provides leadership training, coaching and consulting to women and men seeking to effect breakthrough change within their organizations. Our work empowers people to produce unprecedented results quickly. Our purpose in focusing primarily on women’s leadership development is based on our belief that increasing the number and quality of women leaders exponentially improves an organization’s ability to innovate, collaborate and improve performance.

  • National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education

NCWGE is a nonprofit organization of more than 50 organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities for girls and women. Our mission is to provide leadership in and advocate for the development of national education policies that benefit all women and girls. This site provides information on our coalition; current activities; updates on relevant federal education legislation; useful resources; and NCWGE publications.

  • National Initiative for Women in Higher Education

    The National Initiative for Women in Higher Education is a grassroots network of feminists and allies who believe that women have created fundamental change in American higher education in the past three decades, and that collectively we have the resources to move the academy to the next stages of inclusive transformation. We know from our own experiences that some days it is hard to avoid focusing only on the unfinished business ahead and feeling isolated from others who share our goals. That is why we were so excited to join with women and men from college and university campuses, and from national educational and professional associations, who share our transformational vision of what higher education can be for all members of our communities. We hope you will be interested in learning what others are doing and sharing your own experience and insight.

  • National Organization for Women

    Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

  • Women's eNews

    Women's eNews is a nonprofit independent news service covering the issues that are of particular concern to women. Women's eNews editor, Rita Henley Jensen and staff have nearly a half-century of journalism experience with newspapers, wire services and national publications and are determined to deliver full and balanced reporting to Women's eNews readers.

Media Resources:

  • Ensler, E. (2001). The vagina monologues. New York, Villard.

    A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement--V-Day--to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.

Books/Chapters/Journal Articles:

  • Anzaldâua, G. and A. Keating (2002). This bridge we call home : radical visions for transformation. New York, Routledge.

    More than twenty years after the ground-breaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back called upon feminists to envision new forms of communities and practices, Gloria E. Anzaldua and AnaLouise Keating have painstakingly assembled a new collection of over eighty original writings that offers a bold new vision of women-of-color consciousness for the twenty-first century. Written by women and men - both 'of color' and 'white'- this bridge we call home will challenge readers to rethink existing categories and invent new individual and collective identities.

  • hooks, b. (1981). Ain't I a woman : Black women and feminism. Boston, MA, South End Press.

    bell hooks clearly illustrates how the black woman is the dual embodiment of racial and gender injustices. This is the author's forum to address significant social and political issues that continually render African-American women invisible and devalue their experiences collectively, as well as individually. She manages to do this in a effective and unbiased fashion. hooks' delivers an irrefutable arguement that will encourage readers to open their hearts and minds to confront their own internalized racism, sexism, and classism.

  • hooks, b. (1989). Talking back : thinking feminist, thinking black. Toronto, Ont., Canada, Between the Lines.

    Activist/academician hooks ( Ain't I a Woman: Black Women & Feminism and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center ) has here collected 23 of her angry, intelligent, critical, and compelling essays on subjects as diverse as writing autobiography, teaching women's literature, black homophobia, intimate violence, racist feminists, black porn, and politics at Yale. Her blend of the personal and theoretical, political and intellectual, provides a unique perspective on issues of current concern among blacks, women, and educators. Her writing is lucid, confrontational, and challengingsure to offend a few but, it is to be hoped, sought after by those whose collections include the original, humorous, and courageous. ~Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

  • Lorde, A. (1984). Sister outsider : essays and speeches. Trumansburg, NY, Crossing Press.

    This book is a compilation of material Lorde wrote in the 70s 80s. Lorde is one of the foremost writers on the subjects of patriarchy, sexism, homphobia and race relations that the West has ever seen. She talks about how to make change and helps the reader truly understand the situation of people who are underprivileged and discriminated against in our society.

  • Moraga, C. and G. Anzaldâua (2001). This bridge called my back : writings by radical women of color. Berkeley, CA, Third Woman Press.

    This Bridge Called My Back has served as a rallying call for women of color for a generation, and this new edition keeps that call alive at a time when divisions prove even more stubborn and dangerous. The new edition is further brought to life with the incorporation of visual art by seventeen noted women of color artists.

  • Ronai, C. R., B. A. Zsembik, et al. (1997). Everyday sexism in the third millennium. New York, Routledge.

    This collection features new and original research on the range of sexism still faced every day by women in US society. It documents oppression across ethnic, racial, class, and sexual orientation groups in a wide range of gendered spaces, including the home, the workplace, unions, educational institutions, and the Internet.

  • Sadker, M. and D. M. Sadker (1994). Failing at fairness : how America's schools cheat girls. New York; Toronto: C. Scribner's Sons.

    Failing at Fairness, the result of two decades of research, shows how gender bias makes it impossible for girls to receive an education equal to that given to boys: Girls' learning problems are not identified as often as boys' are; Boys receive more of their teachers' attention; Girls start school testing higher in every academic subject, yet graduate from high school scoring 50 points lower than boys on the SAT. Hard-hitting and eye-opening, Failing at Fairness should be read by every parent, especially those with daughters. ~ Book description

  • Scott, J. W. (1996). Feminism and history. Oxford ; New York, Oxford University Press.

    How have `women' been defined in different historical circumstances? How have categories of social differentiation--gender, class, race, sexuality--defined the identity of women? Feminism and History brings together the classic and best articles written over the period of contemporary feminist theory, providing a critical analysis of, and historical context for, the ways in which `women' and sexual difference have been represented.

  • Warshaw, R. and M. P. Koss (1988). I never called it rape : the Ms. report on recognizing, fighting, and surviving date and acquaintance rape. New York, Harper & Row.

    The classic book that broke new ground by thoroughly reporting on the widespread problem of date and acquaintance rape has now been completely updated to include recent studies, issues, current events, and controversies.