women's history 6: the impact of the 20th century   

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1. Women's Suffrage Movements
            (has links to separate casahistoria sites)
2. Women in Totalitarian Regimes
            (has links to separate casahistoria sites)
3. Women & Modern War
4. Women in Arts & Science
5. Women in the Developing World
6. Women's Issues

7. General Sites
8. Researching Women's History
 
      
Our other core Women's History sub-sites:
 
 Pre industrial Revolution
Researching Women's history | Medieval Women | 17th & 18th century | Witches & Witchcraft
19c - Industrialisation & Emancipation
(a) Great Britain: Social position | Work | Emancipation movements
(b) USA: Work | Emancipation movements | African-american women
Suffrage Movement in Gt Britain
Suffrage Movement in the USA
Women in Totalitarian States:
Stalin's Russia | Nazi Germany | Fascist Italy Communist China
 


 

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1. Women's Suffrage Movements   
  
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Women’s Suffrage in Great Britain Go to casahistoria page for extensive links to suffrage campaigns



Women’s Suffrage in the USA Go to casahistoria page for extensive links to suffrage campaigns



 The Global Women's Suffrage Movement




 

  

 

 



2. Women in Totalitarian Regimes

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Women in Stalin's Russia
 

Women & Nazi Germany
 

Women & Fascist Italy
 

Women in Communist China
 

 

  
 






3. Women & Modern War

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  • Rape of women during wartime Interesting, well linked site by by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Looks at the question in general, with large specific sections on international law, world war II and later conflicts.
  • Sexual violence as a weapon of war UNICEF report on prevalence in modern warfare
  • When women are the spoils of war UNESCO article (go to page 64 in the downloaded journal) by Valerie Oosterveld, Canadian jurist who writes that sexual violence is only now coming to be recognized as a crime against humanity.
Japanese invasion of China World War II
  • A Woman in Berlin. Excellent review of the 1945 (anonymous) diary by Linda Grant who played a role in publicising the mass rapes of Croatian and Bosnian women by Serb militias in the 1990's. The review gives many examples from the book of the dehumanising process of the initial Red Army occupation as well as placing the effect on Berlin's women in the context of modern war. Finally it looks at the question of the evidence - how trustworthy is it (the familiar question to students .......) and comes up with an uneasy parallel.
  • The continuum of sexual violence in occupied Germany, 1945-49 By Hsu-Ming Teo, University of Sydney, Australia. Difficult & lengthy article from Women’s History Review, 1996, presenting a historical explanation for the male sexual violence against German women in Occupied Germany, 1945-49. Thanks to the publishers this is a free access article, but you need to enter the full title into the search engine to access (no registration needed). Abstract

 
 
Anonymous: A Woman in Berlin

This diary, written by a Berlin woman in her 30's during the fall of Berlin illustrates clearly and forcefully the real meaning of defeat. Interesting asides on the nature of the Russian conquerors: raised in a society where they received but could not choose they had little concept of "value", even of booty. Most of all it reveals the commonplace nature & acceptance of rape or of attaching oneself to an Ivan lover - for protection and survival. A very human diary of survival in year zero.

 



Comfort Women Balkan Wars, 1990's This section focuses on the impact of war on non-combatant women. For the influence of war on combatants see the relevant casahistoria sections:

Women & World War I

Spanish Civil War

World War II ( see Russian Great Patriotic War)

Women in the Vietnam War
 




  





4. Women in Arts & Science


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  • Women's Voices: Quotations by Women  Looking for an inspiring quote by a woman? Browse through more than these quotations by more than 250 women.
  • Poems by Women  How did women portray their emotions in poetry -- and thereby describe their lives? A collection of more than 350 poems by women, arranged by author. Most were written before 1920.
  • Women in Science  Biographies of notable women in science and medicine, plus links to even more information
  • Women in Space by Gisela Telis. Clear and concise outline from the 60's onwards. see also for a full picture list of all female astro/cosmonauts
  • Women in Space. NPR talk with one of the first six women accepted into NASA's astronaut corps, and about the 13 who tried in the 1960s -- the Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees.
  • The Mercury 13. Story of the the first 13 women who trained as part  of the Mercury programme.

 

 





  


   

5. Women in the Developing World

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  • Women World Leaders 1945-2011  many small developed, developing and Third World countries have been pioneers in the issue. A well referenced series of lists of such women leaders. §
  • Women in the developing world Article from wateraid highlighting the difficulties presented to women in particular of lack of water. Links to case-studies.   §

Middle East/Asia

Latin America

Native American Women  

 



  






6. Women's Issues 

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  • Barbie Fixation  Playing up the sex appeal of female technology executives is an old game for business magazines looking for newsstand sales, and one that dismisses the real achievements of women in favor of their looks.
  • Case Study: Female Infanticide Focus: (1) India (2) China Detailed article from Gendercide Watch (For more on China, click the casahistoria site on women in China)
  • Women of Color: Fight for Change through literature Extensive Readings and (for teachers) suggested lesson plans, from Phillis Wheatley, Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hainsberry, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou and Paule Marshall.
  • Women of Color Email Lists Joan Korenman's extensive list of email discussions on issues related to women of color: from literature to business issues to Muslim women.

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7. General Sites to Women's History

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8. Researching Women's History

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  • The Women's Library (previously Genesis) is a mapping initiative, funded by the UK Research Support Libraries Programme to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles. The database holds descriptions of women's history collections from libraries, archives and museums from around the British Isles. Search the database by using the search box on the opening page.
  • H-Women Discussion Group Scholarly discussion to communicate current research and teaching interests, to test new ideas and to share comments on current historiography.
  • WWW Virtual Library of Women's History This virtual library contains a very comprehensive list of women's history in institutions and organizations
  • Library Collections Library collections of original sources (letters, diaries, papers, etc.) on the topic of women's history.  From about.com
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the casahistoria Women's History sub-sites:
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  Early Women's history: Pre industrial Revolution
Researching Women's History | Medieval Women |
17th & 18th century | Witches and Witchcraft
  19c - Industrialisation & Emancipation
(a) Great Britain: Social position | Work | Emancipation movements
(b) USA: Work | Emancipation movements | African-american women
  Suffrage Movement in Gt Britain
  Suffrage Movement in the USA
  Women in Totalitarian States:
Stalin's Russia | Nazi Germany | Fascist Italy |  Communist China
  20th century: the impact
Women & Modern War | Women in Art & Science | Women & Modern War | Women in Art & Science | Women in the Developing World | Women's Issues | Girls and Education
 
 
 

 


  

 



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