E-Sources on Women & Gender
Lehman, JoAnne, Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources
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A MIX OF WEBSITES
"We say that a small group of women can make mountains move. That was the lesson of CWLU workgroups in health, education, employment, and gay rights, to name a few. There we created the ideas and actions that helped women liberate each other from oppressive beliefs and old social habits." The CHICAGO WOMEN'S LIBERATION UNION HERSTORY WEBSITE--http://www.cwluherstory.org/--is an online historical archive documenting and celebrating the activities of the CWLU from 1969 through 1977. Included are the life stories--in text, audio, or video format--of many former members and associates of the union.
TV actress Mariska Hartigay started THE JOYFUL HEART FOUNDATION after her role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "opened my eyes to the epidemic of sexual assault in this country." The foundation works directly with a limited number of survivors through retreats (which include swimming with dolphins) and counseling programs, but offers many other resources to all through its website at http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org.
One of the resources the Joyful Heart Foundation recommends is PANDORA'S AQUARIUM, "an online support group, message board and chat room for survivors of sexual violence," at http://www.pandys.org. Pandora's is inclusive: "Even if you're not sure how to define what happened, you are welcome in our support community." For the safety of participants, the forums are moderated, and users must register. The site's name, taken from a Tori Amos song, "symbolizes the danger of silence after sexual abuse and rape. When we are silent, we drown. When we don't use our voices, we're only half alive."
The NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE ON ACADEMIC WORKLIFE (www.academicworklife.org) at the University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women is a database of articles, research and policy reports, policies, demographics, websites, and narratives on institutional policy change related to "modern academic work and related career issues, including tenure track and non-tenure track appointments, benefits, climate and satisfaction, work/life balance, and policy development."
The WOMEN'S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION, which "exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book," celebrates its ninetieth birthday this fall. Although the association's website at http://www.wnba-books.org/ primarily serves its members, there are pages of interest to all of us, including such bibliographies as "Seventy-Five Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World" and "Eighty Books for Twenty-first Century Girls."
It was covered in this column in 1999, but deserves a new mention: the WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION website, http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org, is packed with information and inspiration. Find out what's happening to the International Olympic Committee's controversial "gender verification" procedures, how to get involved in eliminating homophobia in sports, how to recognize the debilitating condition known as "female athlete triad," what your rights as a girl or woman are under Title IX, and a lot more.
CANCER BLOGS AND "SICK CHICK" COMMUNITIES
CHEMO CHICKS--"empowering women with cancer and their loved ones with style, humor, and dignity"--is a retail site offering "a catalogue of solutions for dealing with baldness, make-up problems, fashion alternatives and helpful tips for women living with cancer," but it's also an information and support resource, with links, articles, and personal stories: www.chemochicks.com.
"If you're a sick chick in search of like-minded folks--the kind of people who are living well in spite of illness--" you'll be in good company at CHRONICBABE (www. …