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Gender & Sexuality Studies Resources: Gender & Sexuality Studies Home

Librarian for Women's & Gender Studies

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Melinda Brown
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Welcome to the Gender & Sexuality Studies library guide.  The Vanderbilt Libraries have a wealth of materials that will be beneficial to anyone doing research on women's, gender and sexuality studies. 

All of the resources found within this course guide are available in one of the libraries on campus or online. There are also opportunities to make suggestions for the various categories. 

JSTOR Gender Studies Reading List

Gender studies reading list developed alongside and emerged out of Women’s Studies. This non-exhaustive list introduces readers to scholarship in the field.

Images via Wikimedia Commons: Jack HalberstamAfsaneh Najmabadi-Evaz, and bell hooks

Jack Halberstam, Afsaneh Najmabadi-Evaz, bell hook

Mothers, Mothering, and COVID-19

There has been little public discussion on the devastating impact of Covid-19 on mothers, or a public acknowledgement that mothering is frontline work in this pandemic. This collection of 45 chapters and with 70 contributors is the first to explore the impact of the pandemic on mothers' care and wage labour in the context of employment, schooling, communities, families, and the relationships of parents and children. With a global perspective and from the standpoint of single, partnered, queer, racialized, Indigenous, economically disadvantaged, disabled, and birthing mothers, the volume examines the increasing complexity and demands of childcare, domestic labour, elder care, and home schooling under the pandemic protocols;.

Women’s Liberation Movement Print Culture

Manifestos, speeches, essays, and other materials documenting various aspects of the Women's Movement in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.

Product of Duke's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture

Miss America protest poster

Better Living by Their Own Bootstraps

The first major study to consider Black women's activism in rural Arkansas, Better Living by Their Own Bootstraps foregrounds activists' quest to improve Black communities through language and foodways as well as politics and community organizing. In reexamining these efforts, Cherisse Jones-Branch lifts many important figures out of obscurity, positioning them squarely within Arkansas's agrarian history. The Black women activists highlighted here include home demonstration agents employed by the Arkansas Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service and Jeanes Supervising Industrial Teachers, all of whom possessed an acute understanding of the difficulties that African Americans faced in rural spaces. Examining these activists through a historical lens, Jones-Branch reveals how educated, middle-class Black women worked with their less-educated rural sisters to create all-female spaces where they confronted economic, educational, public health, political, and theological concerns free from white regulation and interference.

Women in Marvel Films

The concept of identity in superhero narratives has become a burgeoning field in academic studies of this increasingly popular cinematic genre. Women in Marvel Films provides the first rigorous analysis of the portrayals of women, heroic and otherwise, in films based on Marvel comics from the 1980s to the present. It explores the relationships between this cultural phenomenon and wider issues of gender equality, considering the cultural moments in which Marvel films are made and incorporating complex histories of the comic book and Hollywood industries. The book also asks how feminist issues surface within superhero adaptations and how they are dealt with via Hollywood and comic book conventions. 

Independent Voices

This open access database features several collections, including Feminist: 

Over 75 magazines, newsletters, and newspapers created by 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. Abortion, rape, unequal pay, women in the service, child care, women’s self-help, pornography, gender roles, and many other major issues of the period were extensively covered in the pages of the feminist press.