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Library Resource Guide for: AFRICANA STUDIES

Feminism in Africa and the Diaspora

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African American Poetry  full text icon  
African American Poetry contains nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It provides a comprehensive survey of the early history of African American poetry, from the earliest published African American poems to the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African American poet to achieve national success and recognition.

African Writers Series  full text icon  
For over 40 years, Heinemann's African Writers Series has published the key texts of modern African literature. It has a unique importance in the history of postcolonial writing. Release Seven of this online edition includes over 230 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose, including works by Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Nelson Mandela, Dambudzo Marechera, Christopher Okigbo, Okot p'Bitek and Tayeb Salih.

AJOL - African Journals Online
AJOL is the world's largest online index of African-published, peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Gerritsen Collection - Women's History Online  full text icon  
This collection is considered to be the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world, with materials spanning four centuries and 15 languages. The broad scope of Gerritsen Online allows scholars to trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of one country's movement on those of the others. Gerritsen Online consists of two segments: the Periodical Series and the Monograph Language Series.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries  full text icon  
Colonial-1950; ongoing. When complete, the collection will include approximately 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries from individuals writing from Colonial times to 1950, plus 7,000 pages of previously unpublished materials. Includes materials from more than 1,000 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000: Scholar's Edition  full text icon  
Women and Social Movements in the United States brings together books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies, documenting the multiplicity of women's reform activities. The resource, which examines perspectives on women's social movements from Colonial times to the present, was developed by Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar of the State University of New York at Binghamton in an internationally-renown website of the same name.

Internet Resources:

  • Africa and Women Authors
    An overview of women authors from Sub-Saharan Africa who write in French.

  • African American Women Artists
    A bibliography included in the online Encyclopedia Smithsonian.

  • African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
    Mounted by the Schomberg Research Center at the New York Public Library.

  • African Center for Gender and Social Development
    A division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, headquartered in Addis Ababa, ADGS sponsors programs and publishes reports (many available through this site) to document the condition of women in Africa.

  • African Feminist Forum
    Hosted by the African Womens Development Fund, "the African Feminist Forum is a biennial conference that brings together African feminist activists to deliberate on issues of key concern to the movement. It was developed out of the growing concern amongst feminists on the continent, that the efforts to advance the rights of women on the continent were under serious threat from a number of sources. ... A group of feminist activists decided that the time had come, for the development of an autonomous space for feminists from the continent to deliberate on these issues internally reflecting on the current architecture for the advancement of the rights of women, as well as assessing and developing strategies to address the external challenges on the movement." The first of these biennial conferences was held in Accra in 2006. The site includes a general blog, along with National Forums of feminists in Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Senegal.

  • African Women
    Indexes six types of materials: books and government documents; articles appearing in edited books; periodical and journal articles; Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations as well as a few B.A. theses and honors papers; conference papers; and videocassettes. (The database is the outgrowth of a three volume work published in 1989 by Greenwood Press that indexed materials on African Women published during the International Women's Decade, 1975-1985, and is compiled by Davis Bullwinkle at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock).

  • AfricanFeminism
    A blog by feminist, writer and poet Billene Seyourn in Addis Ababa, "to share thoughts on and inform on regional gender issues" throughout Africa.

  • ANC Women
    Primary documents on the role of women in the African National Congress.

  • Blackfeminists
    A blog by and for black women in Africa and the diaspora.

  • Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action
    Founded in Barbados in 1985, CAFRA has served as a regional organization for feminist activism throughout the Caribbean into the 21st century. The website has not been updated recently but still contains valuable information on CAFRA's history, goals and activities.

  • Feminism in Africa
    A bibliographical guide mounted to the web by the Center for Digital DIscourse and Culture at Virginia Tech.

  • Feminist Activism: African American Women
    The Feminist Activism blog was established by an American feminist activist now living in Atalaya, Turkey; though general in focus, it also contains information of interest to feminists of the African diaspora.

  • MsAfropolitan
    A blog by feminist commentator Minna Salami

  • The Woyingi Blog
    A blog by a black Canadian feminist of Nigerian heritage, including much material pertinent to women in both Africa and the African diaspora.

  • WomensNet
    The online resource designed by a South African feminist organization of the same name to promote gender equality for women in South Africa through information resources.