March 2013

Editors : Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin
/ Published by Alexander Street Press and the
/ Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton

In This Issue

This first issue of 2013 contains the full range of resources that we publish—two new Document Projects, Book Reviews, Full-Text Sources, and News from the Archives. In the Scholars' Edition, to improve searchability we are also continuing to transcribe and rekey documents related to state Commissions on the Status of Women.

The 1960s and '70s provide the focus for our two document projects in this issue. Julie Gallagher in "How Did Shirley Chisholm, the First African American Woman Elected to the United States Congress, Work to Advance an Inclusive Feminist Politics in the 1960s and 1970s?" explores the feminism of a leading African American activist from Brooklyn, the first woman to campaign for the presidential nomination of a major political party. Not commonly placed among the important players in second-wave feminists, Chisholm, nevertheless, emerges in this document project as one who made significant legislative and ideological contributions to the fight for all women's social, political, economic, and personal rights.

Thomas Dublin and Melody James have co-authored the second document project, "How Did Feminism Contribute to the Transformation of Radical Theater in the United States, 1966-1983?" Drawing on documents preserved by Melody James in an activist theatrical career that took her from Carnegie Tech to Chicago, San Francisco State, and finally the San Francisco Mime Troupe, this project explores the impact of feminism on radical theater. It draws as well on extensive oral history conducted over three decades to reconstruct and reflect on that career and use one activist's experience as a lens to illuminate broader kinds of social change.

With this issue, we publish the fifth and last installment of documents related to the American judicial movement, Gender Bias in the Courts, which, beginning in the mid-1980s examined and redressed discrimination against women in the court system. Those discovering this set of reports for the first time will also want to explore the introductory essay to this collection authored by Carrie Baker, which analyzes the origins and impact of this movement and provides a context in which to better understand these documents. We published that introduction in our September 2011 issue. All told, WASM now includes more than 15,000 pages of these reports.

We round out this issue with other valuable resources, including eight book reviews, a review essay, and News from the Archives. If you are interested in reviewing books or have titles to recommend for review, please email our book review editor, Mary Henold, with your suggestions.

Please note as well the announcements in the News from the Archives section, assembled by its hard-working editor, Tanya Zanish-Belcher. If you would like to make an archives-related announcement in a future issue, she can now be reached at Clemson University at zanisht@wfu.edu.

Meanwhile, we want to remind readers of the continuing publication of our second, major online digital archive, "Women and Social Movements, International—1840 to Present." We have now published six installments of this new archive, which totals 150,000 pages of primary documents. It includes both published and manuscript materials generated by women's participation in international conferences and organizations over a period of 170 years, from missionary and abolitionist activities in the first half of the nineteenth century to women's NGO activism in the early twenty-first century. We also commissioned about secondary articles by scholars working in fields related to the archive, which place the primary materials within a broader interpretive context and offer suggestions on how best to make use of these online resources. We posted twenty-five of those essays in October 2012. The database should be complete in September 2013.

Alexander Street Press is marketing this transnational archive to libraries, offering both subscriptions or purchase plans. Your acquisitions librarian might be interested in either of these options. Please ask her or him to contact Eileen Lawrence at Alexander Street Press for subscription information and/or to request a free trial of this resource. We look forward to hearing your reactions to this major addition to Women and Social Movements.


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