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Helpful Search Terms:

  • Feminism/ Feminist
  • Women's Rights
  • Gender Equality
  • Sexism
  • Women's Suffrage
  • Women's Liberation Movement
  • Humanist, Socialist, Marxist, Lesbian, Radical or Black Feminism
  • First, Second and Third Wave Feminism

Some Notable Feminist Advocates:

  • Mary Wollestonecraft (1759-1797)
  • Sarah Grimke (1792-1873)
  • Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)
  • Frances Wright (1795-1852)
  • Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
  • Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)
  • Angelina Grimke (1805-1879)
  • John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
  • Lady Caroline Norton (1808-1877)
  • Simone deBeauvoir (1808-1886)
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
  • Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
  • Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910)
  • Frances Harper (1825-1911)
  • Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891)
  • Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)
  • Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
  • Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
  • Kate Millet (1934)
  • Germaine Greer (1939)
  • Ann Oakley (1944)
  • Shulamith Firestone (1945)
  • Barbara Kruger (1945)
  • Rebecca Walker (1969)

New Books

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HQ1426 .F844 2013b

White, Jacquelyn W., ed. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Gender. New York: McGraw Hill, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HQ1075 .T39 2013

Circulating Books

Rosin, Hanna. The End of Men: and the Rise of Women. New York: Riverhead Books, 2012. Print.
Call Number: HQ1155 .R67 2012

Baumgardner, Jennifer. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. Print.
Call Number: HQ1421 .B38 2010

Freeman, Jo. We Will Be Heard. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008. Print.
Call Number: HQ1236.5.U6 F746 2008

Zeisler, Andi. Feminism and Pop Culture. Berkeley: Seal Press, 2008. Print.
Call Number: HQ1421.Z45 2008

Jenainati, Cathia and Groves, Judy. Introducing Feminism. Thriplow: Icon, 2007. Print.
Call Number: HQ1121.J46 2007

McKinnon, Catherine A. Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006. Print.
Call Number: HQ1236 .M337 2006

Weidt, Maryann N. Fighting for Equal Rights: a Story About Susan B. Anthony. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2004. Print.
Call Number: HQ1413.A55 W44 2004

Hooks, Bell. Feminism is for Everybody. Cambridge: South End Press, 2000. Print.
Call Number: HQ1190.H67 2000

Faludi, Susan. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. New York: Crown, 1991. Print.
Call Number: HQ1426.F35 1991

DuBois, Ellen Carol. Feminism and Suffrage: The Emergence of an Independent Women's Movement in America, 1848-1869. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978. Print.
Call Number: HQ1423.D8

Rossi, Alice S. The Feminist Papers: From Adams to de Beauvoir. New York: Columbia University Press, 1973. Print.
Call Number: HQ1154.R746

Greer, Germaine. The Female Eunuch. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971.Print.
Call Number: HQ1206.G77 1971

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1957. Print.
Call Number: PN471.W6 1957

Reference Books

Smith, Bonnie G., ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.
Call Number: REF HQ1121 .O93 2008 Volume 1-4

Love, Barbara J., ed. Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006. Print.
Call Number: REF HQ1412.F46 2006

Historical Dictionary of Feminism. Boles, Janet K. and Hoeveler, Diane Long. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2004. Print.
Call Number: REF HQ1115.B65 2004

Brennan, Shawn and Winklepleck, Julie. Resourceful Woman. Detroit: Visible Ink, 1994. Print.
Call Number: REF HQ1115.B83 1994

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Body Language: Sisters in Shape, Black Women's Fitness, and Feminist Identity Politics
Lau, Kimberly J. Body Language: Sisters in Shape, Black Women's Fitness, and Feminist Identity Politics. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011. Web.

Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers: Redefining Feminism on Screen
By: Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, Kathleen Rowe. Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers: Redefining Feminism on Screen. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011. Web.

On Freud's Femininity
Fiorini, Leticia Glocer & Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, eds. On Freud's "Femininity". London: Karnac Books, 2010. Web.

Women of Color and Feminism
Rojas, Maythee. Women of Color and Feminism. Berkeley: Seal Press, 2009. Web.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist As Thinker : A Reader in Documents and Essays
DuBois, Ellen Carol and Richard Cándida Smith, eds. Elizabeth Cady Statnton, Feminist as Thinker: A reader in documents and essays. New York: New York University Press, 2007. Web.

How the Vote Was Won: Woman Suffrage in the Western United States
Mead, Rebecca J. How the Vote was Won: Woman Suffrage in the Western United States. New York: New York University Press, 2004. Web.

Votes for Women: the Struggle for Suffrage Revisited
Baker, Jean H., ed.Votes for Women: The struggle for suffrage revisited. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Web.

Not My Mother's Sister : Generational Conflict and Third-Wave Feminism
Henry, Astrid. Not My Mother's Sister: Generational Conflict and Third-Wave Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. Web.

Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories
Code, Lorraine, ed. Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories. New York: Routledge, 2002. Web.

Equality for Women : Where Do We Stand?
Mayra, Buvinic, Andrew Morrison and Mirja Sjoblom, eds. Equality for Women: Where do We Stand? Washington, DC: World Bank, 2008. Web.

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement
McMillen, Sally Gregory. Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movements. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Web.

Sisterhood, Interrupted : From Radical Women To Grrls Gone Wild
Siegal, Deborah. Sisterhood, Interrupted: From radical women to grrls gone wild. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Web.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for feminist articles.
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly
  • Women & Criminal Justice


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 9,000 full text, peer-reviewed articles mentioning "feminism", and over 3,000 articles mentioning "women's rights."

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. This database offers over 3,500 full text, peer-reviewed articles from academic journals mentioning "feminism" and 48 multimedia resources. You can also find thousands of newspaper and magazine articles on feminism.

Issues & Controversies

Issues & Controversies contains articles, reference sources and statistical information on current issues such as feminism. It is a great resource for research papers and debate prep.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Here you can find articles on feminism with different viewpoints, academic journal articles, reference sources, news, primary sources and more.

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Here you can find over 1600 articles with the keyword "feminism" as well as news articles, primary sources, statistics and images.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Is Feminism Dead? (29 mins.)
Years after the women’s movement burst open doors of opportunity that had long been barred, a new generation of women seems to be questioning the meaning and the value of the battles fought by their mothers and grandmothers. Has feminism somehow gone out of style? In this program, Patricia Ireland, of NOW; Phyllis Schlafly, of the Eagle Forum; Ellen Goodman, of The Boston Globe; Dr. bell hooks, of CUNY’s English department; Dr. Tessie Liu, of Northwestern University’s history and gender identity departments; and Dr. Martha Wharton, of The Ohio State University’s departments of African-American studies and women’s studies, appraise the women’s movement as it currently exists and discuss its relevance in today’s cultural climate.

Feminist Literary Voices (28 mins.)
Has feminist literature gone mainstream? And what place do women’s presses have in society as it is today? This program offers valuable insights but no consensus as Gloria Steinem; Germaine Greer; Naomi Wolf; Lynn Crosbie, editor of Click: Becoming Feminists; Virago Press’ Lennie Goodings; and Althea Prince, of Women’s Press, Canada’s oldest feminist publishing house, address these and other issues. Additional topics include personal “click” moments, idealized versus real-world motherhood, equality—and loss of equality—in relationships, and the liberating feeling of menopause. A reading by poet Dionne Brand completes the program.

Not a Bedroom War: New Visions of Leadership for Women (52 mins.)
The title of this unique documentary is drawn from Betty Friedan’s challenge of the 1970s that feminism is not about men and women but about changing the world. The program was filmed at the meeting of women leaders from around the world who gathered in Dublin in 1992 to discuss new visions of leadership. Ireland’s President Mary Robinson, Friedan, and Utte Ranke-Heinemann are among the many charismatic speakers who debate the nature of power and empowerment—of religion, marriage, dreams, and achievements.

In Support of Women's Rights: Margaret Fuller(3:51 mins.)
Clip from: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Revolution. In the 1840s, Margaret Fuller implores women to take time out to study their own inner direction before they take "ordering" from society. Her book, "Women in the 19th Century" is a landmark in American history.

Fight for Women's Rights (5:22 mins.)
Sojourner writes her autobiography and gives anti-slavery speeches. She is an active proponent for women's rights. She argues for equal rights having never received preferential treatment in her life.

Eco-Feminism (3:10 mins.)
Clip from: Shakti: The Power of Women. Dr. Vandana Shiva, activist and founder of Navdanya, observes the world from a non-violent standpoint where biodiversity and the defense of nature are paramount. Members of Navdanya make an effort to save trees from deforestation.

Web sites

There are many helpful web sites about abortion. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

Feminist Majority Foundation

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.

Feminism and Politics

University of California Press presents the full text of the book Feminism and Politics: A Comparative Perspective by Joyce Gelb.


Feminist.com is an online community fostering awareness, education and activism for women all across the world. This website includes articles, news updates and alerts, interviews and links to other websites.

Association of Libertarian Feminists

The purpose of ALF (the Association of Libertarian Feminists) is to encourage women to become economically self-sufficient and psychologically independent. ALF publishes a newsletter and other relevent literature and resources that can be found on their website.

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Research guide prepared on 5/25/11 by Becky Ferris, updated on 6/18/13 by Mallory Wilson; updated on 4/24/14 by Katie Bliss.