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Research Resources for WGSS

  • The 1619 Project: In partnership with The New York Times, the Pulitzer Center is building a learning community around The 1619 Project. Explore this site to find access to the original special NYTimes Magazine issue, teaching resources, information about our 1619 Education Network, and ways to connect.
  • Ballotpedia: A digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections, with the goal to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.
  • Bennan Center for Justice: Works to build an America that is democratic, just, and free for all, focussing on criminal justice, securing the balance of power, and protecting fundamental freedoms while keeping Americans safe. The center is powered by lawyers, researchers, writers, social scientists, and advocates.
  • Black Film Archive: Black Film Archive is a living register of Black films, available to stream for free. In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming. 
  • Capital and Main: Investigative reporting from California on economic, environmental, and social issues, including, income inequality, climate change, the green economy, housing, healthcare, public education, immigration, race, and criminal justice.
  • Centre for Reproduction ResearchA vibrant, interdisciplinary center of expertise dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction. Their aim is to develop new ways of thinking about the complexity of human reproduction through the integration of a range of disciplines, approaches and methods. 
  • Feminist on JSTOR:  A digital archive of more than 75 magazines, newsletters, and newspapers created by feminist activists and collectives that helped propel the second wave of feminism from the late sixties and early seventies through the end of the 20th century. Groups represented by these publications include the Redstockings, New York Radical Women, Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, the Third World Women’s Alliance, and many others.
  • Freedom Narratives: Biographical accounts include the testimonies and stories of individuals born in West Africa and enslaved in the Atlantic world during the era of the slave trade from the 16th to the 19th century. (Coming in 2020, Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade, a clearinghouse for information about enslaved people and their captors, at Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University.)
  • Gender Spectrum: Works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens; provides rich resources of gender information and media for all ages, family members, allies, educators, medical and mental health professionals, faith leaders, and social services professionals.
  • Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security: Cutting-edge research on women’s roles in peace and security efforts, economic empowerment, countering violent extremism, and mitigating climate change and natural disasters. Our signature Women, Peace and Security Index offers a more comprehensive measure of women’s wellbeing in over 150 countries. NOTE: The Institute's Women and Climate Change Report is a valuable and increasingly relevant resource for WGSS.
  • Guttmacher Institute: A leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally. Guttmacher envisions a world in which all people are able to exercise their rights and responsibilities regarding sexual behavior and reproduction freely and with dignity.
  • Human Rights CampaignHRC works to improve the lives of LGBTQ people worldwide by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law, and increasing public support around the globe.
  • The Imprint: An independent, nonprofit daily news publication dedicated to covering child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and educational issues faced by vulnerable children and families.
  • Institute for Research on Male Supremacism: Committed to exposing and challenging common narratives that provide shelter to male supremacist movements, advancing new theoretical understandings and practical analyses of contemporary threats, and providing resources for media and activists to improve their ability to challenge male supremacism and misogyny.
  • Lesbian Herstory Archives: Gathers, preserves and provides access to records of lesbian lives and activities. Doing this also serves to uncover and document lesbian herstory previously deniedby patriarchal historians in the interests of the culture that they served. The existence of the archives will thus enable current and future generations to analyze and reevaluate the lesbian experience.
  • The Marshall Project: A nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. Strives to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality:  Advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
  • Othering & Belonging Institute's Inclusiveness Index Report: An  annual publication that identifies and captures the degree of group-based inclusion and marginality experienced across the world and within the United States.
  • PEW Research Center: A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. Conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis, and other data-driven social science research on U.S. politics and policy; journalism and media; internet, science, and technology; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and trends; and U.S. social and demographic trends.
  • Politifact: Fact-checks journalism to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.
  • ProPublica: Independent, nonprofit, investigative journalism covering a range of topics, including, government and politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, education, healthcare, immigration, and technology.
  • Public Policy Institute of California: a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Our mission is to inform and improve public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.
  • Queer America PodcastWithout LGBTQ history, there is no American history. From Learning for Justice and hosts Leila Rupp and John D'Emilio, Queer America takes listeners on a journey that spans from Harlem to the Frontier West, revealing stories of LGBTQ life we should have learned in school.
  • Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting: Original stories that hold people and institutions accountable for the problems they’ve caused or benefited from. Publishes investigative reporting that contributes to real-world impact, from civil and criminal investigations to new laws and policies, better-informed conversations and community-driven solutions.
  • Rewire News: Evidence-based reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, justice, and the intersections of racial, environmental, immigration, and economic justice. 
  • Rutgers University Institute for Research on Women: Advances interdisciplinary scholarship on gender, sexuality, and women, and supports a broad range of programming designed to stimulate research and activism on gender, sexuality, and women within and across the disciplines, throughout and beyond Rutgers.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center: The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people. The SPLC investigates U.S. hate groups and on its website maintains comprehensive information about the groups and their leaders.
  • Surgo Ventures Resource Library: Uses all the tools available from behavioral science, data science, and artificial intelligence to unlock solutions that will save and improve people's lives, including the 2021 "U.S. Maternal Vulnerability Index."
  • Suffolk University's Center for Women's Health & Human Rights: Committed to furthering the dignity and well-being of women and girls everywhere by exploring and extending the linkages between women's health and human rights. Dedicated to research, teaching, networking, and advocacy.
  • Transgender Law Center: Changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
  • U.S. Contraception Workforce Tracker: This national database monitors the location, provider type, distribution/provider density, and Medicaid acceptance status of the prescription contraception workforce, with the goal of providing evidence-based support for policies and programs that can address gaps in contraceptive equity.
  • University of Wisconsin Open-Access Databases on Gender and Feminism:
    Sylvia: Scholarly books on gender and feminism
    Dorothy: Global films about gender and women
  • VIDA (Women in Literary Arts): An intersectional feminist literary organization dedicated to revealing gender imbalances and the lack of diversity in the literary landscape, while amplifying historically-marginalized voices of people of color; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans, and gender nonconforming individuals. Additionally, VIDA publishes an annual tally of the gender breakdown in major literary publications and book reviews, "The VIDA Count."
  • Vote.org: Voter registration.
  • WGSS Programs and Research Centers
  • Zinn Education Project The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. The Project introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.
  • Journals [English language]
  • Journals [international]