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This information originally appeared in: Matlin, M.W. & DeWitt, L.A. (2004) Instructor's Manual with Test Bank for Matlin's The Psychology of Women, 5th Edition. Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers. The list of websites was substantially updated for use with the 2007 6th Edition of the text.

2016-04-08: There are no plans to do any other updates of this list.  Please do not send suggestions for links to include.  This project is no longer ongoing.
Last List Update: 2009-06-16

Psychology of Women and Women's Issues Websites

Table of Contents

Click on one of the chapter titles in the list below to jump to the websites related to that chapter.


Introduction to the List of Websites

The following list of websites provides an entryway to the vast amount of information related to the Psychology of Women that can be found on the World Wide Web. As with any such list, the sites included here were influenced in part by my own interests and web-surfing history. I have tried to include several primary sites for each of the chapters in Matlin's Psychology of Women text. My hope is that faculty and students can use this list to find links to other sources. Each site address is accompanied by a brief description of the site which usually includes the name of the site, its mission (as indicated by the site), and a comment about the contents. DISCLAIMER: The inclusion of any site on this list is not intended as an endorsement of any products or information included at the site.

The WorldWideWeb has expanded vastly in the years since the original edition of this list was published (1999) and in the years since the 2003 revision. It is now much easier for users to search for information on any topic. Unfortunately, the search results one receives for topics in the psychology of women are often far from satisfying, especially to scientific psychologists. My hope is that the list below reflects more accurately the types of sites faculty would want their students to explore in the context of a Psychology of Women course than that returned from a more general search. In preparing this revision, I updated the addresses for the sites from the previous list, deleted any sites (far too many:( ) that were no longer operating (as of Spring 2007) or had become excessively commercial, and added new sites that I've discovered since the previous edition. I did not attempt to include anything from the wide, wild, world of blogs; their ever-changing and open nature make printed recommendation even more risky than that involved in compiling a list of websites.

I would appreciate hearing about any particularly interesting and/or useful sites you find, as well as any errors or changes in the sites I have listed. Please feel free to contact me using my Contact Form

Happy Surfing,
Lucinda A. DeWitt, Ph.D.


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Chapter 1 Introduction


The Feminist Majority Foundation Online include news and informational links related to issues such as women in sports, breast cancer, global feminism, women and work, lesbian issues, women in science, and many others.

Designed to encourage "networking for women—both off and online," is set up as "a place where women can meet, exchange ideas, get information, build a business, become active, participate in government and empower themselves and the world around them—a woman's cyber community if you will." The site contains information about women-owned businesses, articles and speeches related to women's issues, and numerous other resources and links.

The best source for in-depth reporting and feminist political analysis of how current events influence women’s lives including “the most extensive coverage of international women's issues of any magazine available in the United States.”

“Women's eNews is the definitive source of substantive news—unavailable anywhere else—covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women's perspectives on public policy. It enhances women's ability to define their own lives and to participate fully in every sector of human endeavor.”

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) “is a research institute which provides tools to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. CRIAW recognizes women’s diverse experiences and perspectives; creates spaces for developing women’s knowledge; bridges regional isolation; and provides communication links between/among researchers and organizations actively working to promote social justice and equality for all women.”

The National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) “is a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization of groups that collectively represent over ten million women across the United States. The only national coalition of its kind, NCWO is a tax-exempt organization with twenty years' experience uniting American women's groups. . . . NCWO members collaborate through substantive policy work and grass roots activism to address issues of concern to women, including workplace and economic equity, education and job training, affirmative action, Social Security, child care, reproductive freedom, health, and global progress for women's equality.”

The Feminist Bookstore Network site can help you find a feminist bookstore near you. NOTE: This site is a bit dated. Contact a store on the list to make certain it is still in operation before you head out to shop. See site below for more about the closing of Feminist Bookstores.

The Keep Women in Print site includes a directory of Feminist Bookstores. "Feminist bookstores and feminist presses are failing at an unprecedented rate, the prey of corporate capitalism in book publishing and bookselling. Since 1997, 30% of feminist bookstores in the U.S. and Canada have closed for good, down from 107 to 74 (Feminist Bookstore Network figures). Read what you can do!"

This companion site to Estelle Freedman's book, “No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women”, provides a wealth of links related to the History of Feminism and other Feminist Resources.

Psychology of Women

The purpose of the American Psychological Association's Psychology of Women Division (Division 35) is: "to integrate feminist theory and findings on the psychology of women and to recognize and support women's rights within the discipline, within APA, and throughout society."

From the APA’s Women’s Programs Office: “Women in Academe: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Appendix A: A Brief History of Women Faculty in Psychology”

“The Association of Women in Psychology (AWP) is a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization committed to encouraging feminist psychological research, theory, and activism.”

The Canadian Psychological Association’sSection on Women and Psychology (SWAP)

Diversity/Women & Ethnicity

Women of Color Web Sites page from Joan Korenman's highly acclaimed Women's Studies/Women's Issues Resource List.  Includes "sites that focus on women of color in the United States and around the world."

This section of the History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers contains many links to diversity resources related to women, ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. The main homepage ( also contains many useful links.

"Blackgirl International was created for black women who love themselves and those who love them."

DiversityWeb: An Interactive Resource Hub for Higher Education “helps colleges and universities establish diversity as a comprehensive institutional commitment and educational priority.” The Resources section of the site has a number of useful links:

“The DiversityData project identifies metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups. This Website is now available to a wide variety of potential users interested in describing, profiling and ranking U.S. metros in terms of quality of life. The indicators provide a scorecard on diversity and opportunity, and allow researchers, policymakers and community advocates to compare metro areas and to help them advocate for policy action and social change.”

“Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond.” Their website includes resources for teachers, parents, and students, including a list of websites “that underscore diversity”:

“Lesbians are women too: A set of fact sheets from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute—Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women of color are minorities within a minority and are significantly disadvantaged when compared to heterosexual women. . . .”

General Psychology

The American Psychological Association site includes information for students about careers in psychology, articles for the general public about psychology in the news, and a searchable index of articles and resources.

The Association for Psychological Science site contains recent articles and information as well as links to other psychology-related resources.

The homepage for the Canadian Psychological Association allows access in either English or French. The site includes information for students and links to other psychology-related sites.

Women's Studies

The place to start for all information related to women’s studies. Joan Korenman has been the key navigator for Women’s Studies on the Internet since its beginnings. Her award-winning site contains a comprehensive set of links to women’s studies programs, women’s issues resource sites, and women- and gender-related e-mail lists. Connecting with any of these links will lead you to a wealth of other resources as well.

The University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's Office page includes bibliographies and book lists, as well as links to numerous other resources in women's studies.

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Chapter 2 Gender Stereotypes and Other Gender Biases

Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

The Social Psychology Network is a searchable database with more than 4000 links to psychology-related sources. For example,

* Links related to prejudice and discrimination can be found at:

* Links to other sites relevant to the Psychology of Women can also be found at:

This list of links to sex and gender resources is provided by the American Sociological Society's Sex & Gender Section.

For more information on the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan discussed in Chapter 2, see this Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission website. For information on how to help, see

A demonstration of the Implicit Association Test discussed in Chapter 2.

Women and History

Women's Intellectual Contributions to the Study of Mind and Society—This site contains information about women's contributions in Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, and Sociology/Social work.

The National Women's History Project site includes a quiz of your Women's History I.Q. as well as links to many sites related to U.S. women's history.

“The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation's history. Until legislation passes in Congress designating a permanent museum in Washington, D.C., the NWHM promotes women's history through its temporary exhibits, special events, Cyber Museum, and online educational materials.”

"This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writers."

“The Feminist Art Project is a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present. The project is a strategic intervention against the ongoing erasure of women from the cultural record. It promotes diverse feminist art events and publications through its website calendar and facilitates networking and regional program development throughout the U.S.”

“The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art [at the Brooklyn Museum] is an exhibition and education facility dedicated to feminist art—its past, present, and future. . . . The Center's mission is to raise awareness of feminism's cultural contributions; to educate new generations about the meaning of feminist art; to maintain a dynamic and welcoming learning facility; and to present feminism in an approachable and relevant way.”

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is "the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists." Through the website you can "[v]iew over 250 works by women artists from around the world in the museum's permanent collection."

Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York

Check out this Sunshine for Women site as a reminder of the many positive contributions made by women throughout history. Especially “15 Women, 15 Centuries” and “30 of the Most Influential Women of the Millennium”

Communication and Language

This site contains resources on Gender Neutral Pronouns and related issues.


This page is part of Dr. Gregory Herek’s comprehensive site on heterosexism, homophobia, hate crimes, AIDS stigma, and other related topics.

This page on heterosexism is part of the website which contains a wide variety of resources on all types of prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism, and diversity.

“The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. . . . GLSEN's online library holds a myriad of resources and documents that can help further your knowledge on creating Safe Schools.”

“Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources.”

Additional links related to sexual orientation can be found in the lists for Chapter 8

Critique and Discussion of John Gray's Mars/Venus Presentation of Gender Stereotypes




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Chapter 3 Infancy and Childhood

General Sources on Development

The Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERNet) provides practical, research-based information on children, youth and families.

The Medem Medical Library provides links to a variety of information including sites related to children's health and development.

National Black Child Development Institute is dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life of African American children and families.

How is Sex Determined?

This animated timeline of how sex is determined is part of a series of PBS/NOVA sites related to "The Miracle of Life" broadcasts.

"The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) was devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female." The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section is particularly useful for anyone who has questions about intersexuality. A Teaching Intersex Issues kit is available at: [This group dissolved in March 2008.  Some of its members and leaders are now part of AccordAlliance (see below).]

"Accord Alliance's mission is to promote comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by DSD [Disorders of Sex Development] by fostering collaboration among all stakeholders." Their resources on these issues can be found at:

"The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown."

Websites for Girls of All Ages

"New Moon Girl Media's mission is to help girls, ages 8 to 15, discover their unique voices and express them in the world in ways that matter." Also the home of New Moon Magazine written by and for girls.

"Kahani is an award-winning literary magazine dedicated to empowering, educating, and entertaining children of South Asian descent living in North America. It is an alternative publication that reflects their unique life experiences not found in mainstream literature.”

An extensive list of websites for Girls and Young Women

Another list of websites for girls and teen women can be found under the Girls link from this page.

The Adventures of Josie True is a web-based historical adventure game for girls. The hero of the game is Chinese-American Josie True, a regular girl who becomes involved in intrigue across time and space as she tries to find her inventor-turned-teacher Ms. Trombone. She time travels with one of Ms. Trombone's inventions, the Intellicat ™. During their travels, they meet a host of historical figures including women from history such as Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman pilot. At each stop in the journey, there are fun, rewarding activities to play in order to find Ms. Trombone, stop the artifact thieves, help Bessie Coleman at her airshow, and much more!”


“UNESCO Institute for Statistics—Global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture and communication.” The Literacy subsection of this site is particularly relevant to Chapter 3.

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Chapter 4 Adolescence


Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health—A fascinating collection of information about all aspects of menstruation from advertisements for feminine hygiene products to theories about why women menstruate. (NOTE: Be sure to scroll down past all the ads to find the actual content of the site.)

Education (see also Chapter 5 for Math and Science links)

The National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women site provides information and resources for "creating a more inclusive curriculum in higher and secondary education."

"The American Association of University Women is a national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls." The site contains summaries of several well-known AAUW reports including: Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America, Hostile Hallways, and Girls in the Middle: Working to Succeed in Schools.

Department of Education/Office for Civil Rights. Information on federal policies related to women's educational equity, American's with Disabilities Act, etc.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium provides information about race and gender equity in education, sexual harassment, Title IX, etc.

This Association of American Colleges and Universities site, "On Campus With Women," “ provides readers with the most up-to-date information on women in higher education. It focuses on women's leadership, the campus climate, curriculum and pedagogy, and new research and data on women.“

Careers & Aspirations

Although no longer focused on women, the Independent Means website contains information designed “to help raise a new generation with skills that ensure financial self-reliance and well being, and values that support lives of purpose and passion.”

Internet resources pertaining to Women in Science and Technology can be found under the Education section on this page.

The companion site for NOVA's fascinating special on Rosalind Franklin and her contributions to the discovery of DNA. Talk about a "chilly climate"!

Created by former astronaut Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, this is a site “for upper elementary and middle school girls. Girls like you who like to wonder about things and discover new stuff.” The related site,, contains information for parents, guardians, and teachers.

The Gender, Diversities, & Technology Institute envisions “a global network committed to understanding gender as it impacts and is impacted by race, ethnicity, language, ableness, and sexual orientation within an educational context. Our aim is to collaborate on the design and use of technology to build strong bridges that enable all to learn, to improve education and employment, and to increase the capacity of women and men to contribute to, and gain from peaceful societies.”

“Bancroft Arnesen Explore is a cooperative between Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen whose shared mission is to inspire people, particularly women and girls, to follow their dreams. Ann and Liv are dedicated to sharing stories of their journeys, such as their historic Antarctic crossing during 2000/2001, as a way to ignite people to find their own dreams and passions. As former school teachers, Liv and Ann are dedicated to creating inspiring education programs such as the Dare to Dream and their Antarctic curriculum. Their 1,717 mile journey across Antarctica pulling 250 pound sleds took 97 days and sparked the imagination of over 3 million schoolchildren around the globe as they followed along in the news and on their website.”

“The Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT), es tablished at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in July 1998, is dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women's full participation in all aspects of information technology (IT). Women's participation in IT will strengthen the workforce, raise the standard of living for many women, and help to assure that information technology addresses women's needs and expands the possibilities for their lives. ” The site includes information on programs for girls and other useful resources.

Body Image and Physical Attractiveness (see also Chapter 12)

Kiri Davis’ Award-winning online video “A Girl Like Me”—“I wanted to make a film that explored the standards of beauty imposed on today's black girls. How do these standards affect her self-esteem or self-image? Through making this film I learned a lot about where some of these standards might stem from.” Kiri Davis, 16, Urban Academy


For websites related to family and romantic relationships, please see Chapter 8.

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Chapter 5 Gender Comparisons in Cognitive Abilities and Attitudes About Success

Mathematics (see also Chapter 4 for other sites related to Math and Science Education and Careers)

Links to information and resources related to Women and Mathematics from the Math Forum at the Drexel School of Education

Canadian Mathematical Society pages containing "information and links of interest to women in mathematics and to women contemplating careers in mathematics" including pages on: Educational Issues for Girls and Women in Mathematics; Biographies of Women Mathematicians; Organizations for Women in Mathematics; Books, Articles; and Speeches and Bibliographies of Interest to Women in Mathematics.

The Association of Women in Mathematics website contains biographies and profiles of women in mathematics, as well as other useful information for women interested in pursuing a career in mathematics or the sciences.

Learning Disabilities

“LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.”

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Chapter 6 Gender Comparisons in Social and Personality Characteristics

Women & Leadership

NOTE: Many websites related to "Women & Leadership" can be found on the WWW. Unfortunately, most of them are trying to sell workshops and seminars rather than provide information about the issue. Even sites based in Universities provide little or no "free" information.

The Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University is "dedicated to examining and advancing women's leadership in education, research, politics, the workplace, and the world." Although the website itself does not contain much information, it does provide a list of publications that might be useful (and may be available in campus libraries).

Another Rutgers site, The Center for Women's Global Leadership, provides information about women's leadership in global human rights activities including a useful "Take Action" section:

“Vital Voices Global Partnership believes in the transformative value of women's participation in society. We invest in emerging women leaders - pioneers of economic development, political participation, and human rights in their countries--and we help them build the capabilities, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their potential as catalysts of global progress….To fulfill our mission, we build leadership capacity, facilitate strategic partnerships, recognize women leading change and enhance their credibility, and foster global connections among women.” Their Resources section contains links on Political Participation, Microcredit, NGO Organizing, Corporate Social Responsibility, and other business- and leadership-related topics.

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Chapter 7 Women and Work

Statistics & Policies

The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau whose mandate is “To improve the status of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.” The site includes fact-sheets about women workers and access to other information.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics site includes a searchable database of data and reports.

This Labour statistics page is part of the Statistics Canada site. Their mission statement says: ". . . . Objective statistical information is vital to an open and democratic society."
Due to recent rearranging of the site, you may need to start at and search by subject.

The mission of the Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) “ is to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians’ quality of life.” This Labour Program section of the HRSDC website provides information about labour policies in Canada.

Worker & Human Rights

“The mission of the National Labor Committee is to help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. The NLC investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world. We undertake public education, research and popular campaigns that empower U.S. citizens to support the efforts of workers to learn and defend their rights.” A good place to start for students interested in more information on sweatshops/maquiladoras and other global labor issues.

“SweatFree Communities assists sweatshop workers globally in their struggles to improve working conditions and form strong, independent unions.” Great source of information about how individuals and communities can organize to end sweatshops.

“The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is an independent labor rights monitoring organization, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe. Our purpose is to combat sweatshops and protect the rights of workers who sew apparel and make other products sold in the United States.”


"The National Center for Law and Economic Justice [formerly The Welfare Law Center] advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals and communities across the country."

The Economic Success Clearinghouse [formerly Welfare Information Network] connects you to resources about effective policies, programs and financing strategies that help low-income and working poor families.

“The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national non-profit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.” Several sections of this website are relevant to the issues discussed in Chapter 7, including welfare and childcare.


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has as its mission "to promote equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance." The site contains information and statistics about federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

This National Committee for Pay Equity site provides useful information about the wage gap.

Blue-Collar Workers (Non-Traditional Occupations)

"Work4Women provides tools, strategies and a virtual community to help increase women and girls' integration and retention in high-wage jobs that are considered nontraditional for women. Nontraditional occupations (NTOs) are jobs in which women comprise 25% or less of the workforce (U.S. Department of Labor)."

Work and Family

“The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.”

“Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce and workplace, the changing family and the changing community.”

Working Mom's Refuge provides news and chat about juggling work and family.

A website for Work at Home Moms


The National Network for Child Care provides links to “over 1000 publications and resources related to child care. Publications are research-based and reviewed.”

The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.”

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Chapter 8 Love Relationships

Evolutionary Psychology

An introduction to evolutionary psychology is provided by the Center for Evolutionary Psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara. The site also contains links to other sources of information about evolutionary psychology.

Marriage and Divorce

This section of the Social Psychology Network site contains several links to resources on family, marriage, and divorce.

“The Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP) is a national nonprofit organization advocating for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who are single, who choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage.”

Lesbians and Bisexual Women

"The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all."

"The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all."

"This site features work by Dr. Gregory Herek--a noted authority on antigay prejudice (or homophobia), hate crimes, and AIDS stigma--and his Northern California Community Research Group at the University of California, Davis. It provides factual information about sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS to promote the use of scientific knowledge for education and enlightened public policy." An excellent resource!!

An online “encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture.”

“The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) advocates for freedom of gender expression. We promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Straight, Butch, Femme, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!”

"Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity."

This section of the Understanding Prejudice website provides a number of links to websites related to heterosexism, homophobia, antigay violence, sexual orientation,and gender identity.

Single Women

“The Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP) is a national nonprofit organization advocating for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who are single, who choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage."

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Chapter 9 Sexuality

The website for the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction "supports interdisciplinary research and the study of human sexuality." The site contains information about the Institute and resources for research on sexuality.

The Center for Sex Research at California State University, Northridge includes information and resources related to a wide range of human sexuality topics.

“Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.”

"Planned Parenthood is America's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America’s first birth control clinic, Planned Parenthood believes that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that women should be in charge of their destinies." Their site contains a wealth of information and resources related to sexuality, reproduction, birth control, and other women's health issues. Related information from an international perspective can be found at their International Planned Parenthood Federation ( site.

The National Abortion Rights Action League site contains a comprehensive array of information related to abortion and reproductive rights in the U.S.

This section of the Feminist Majority website contains an additional list of links to sites related to reproductive rights.

The Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Div. 35) sponsors this section of the Pro-Choice Forum site, which "aims to increase research-based knowledge and informed opinion about the psychological aspects of abortion and related reproductive health issues. It emphasizes feminist scholarship and practice, and promotes policies that advance social justice and support the aims of Pro-Choice Forum."

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Chapter 10 Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood

Pregnancy and Childbirth

“Childbirth Connection, formerly Maternity Center Association, is a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. We promote safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care.” The site includes informative downloadable materials including: “The Rights of Childbearing Women,” “A Guide to Effective Care During Pregnancy and Childbirth,” and “What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section”.

The Online Birth Center contains information and links about pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, including special topics like infertility and alternative childbirth options. contains a wide range of resources related to childbirth, from cesarean sections to postpartum depression.

Alternative Models of Childbirth

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)

Lamaze International


The National Network for Child Care provides links to “over 1000 publications and resources related to child care. Publications are research-based and reviewed.”

The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.”


Both of these sites provide a wide variety of resources for parents including chat rooms, bulletin boards, and articles about parenting topics.

Fathers' Forum Online—The Online Resource for Expectant and New Fathers


“RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network of chapters mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. The mission of RESOLVE is to provide timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy."

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Chapter 11 Women and Physical Health

General Health

"The Boston Women's Health Book Collective is a nonprofit women's health education, advocacy and consulting organization. Our broad purpose is to help individuals and groups make informed personal and political decisions about health and medical care, especially as they relate to women." This website, a companion site for the classic book “Ourbodies, Ourselves”, contains supplemental information as well as a comprehensive set of women's health links. Excellent resource!

“The not-for-profit National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is the leading independent health information source for women. NWHRC develops and distributes up-to-date and objective women's health information based on the latest advances in medical research and practice. . . . [NWHRC believes] all women should have access to the most trusted and reliable health information. Information empowers women to make the best decisions to maintain and improve their health and the health of their families. Informed women are healthier women.”

NWHRC (above) is not to be confused with NWHIC (below)

The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC), is “a service of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). . . . NWHIC is a gateway to selected consumer health and human services women's health information resources provided by U.S. government agencies and other organizations serving the public interest.”

The mission of the Melpomene Institute is “to help women and girls achieve adequate nutrition, physical activity, rest, and personal safety by removing barriers at the policy level and by introducing innovative practices at the community level."

The Mayo Clinic's “medical information and tools for healthy living” site also includes a Women's Health Center site:

“The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.”

The American Cancer Society’s website contains cancer information, news, and resources.

Canadian Cancer Society

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

“The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) provides timely, accurate and comparable information. Our data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health.”

“The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.” The sections on Health Care Coverage, and Health Care Quality and Patients’ Rights are particularly relevant to Chapter 11.

“The Society for Women’s Health Research is the nation’s only non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. The Society encourages the study of sex differences between women and men that affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.”

“The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. . . . Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

“The WHO’s Department of Gender, Women and Health (GWH) brings attention to the ways in which biological and social differences between women and men affect health and the steps needed to achieve health equity.”

Health Insurance Coverage

NOTE: Recent data and reports from the Census Bureau related to Health Insurance coverage in the U.S. can be found at:


The National Coalition on Health Care fact sheet on Health Insurance Coverage

Breast Cancer

The National Breast Cancer Coalition: Grassroots Advocacy in Action. The National Breast Cancer Coalition is a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. This searchable site contains information about breast cancer research and how to help advocate for change.

“The National Breast Cancer Foundation mission is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.”

“The Breast Cancer Site was founded to help offer free mammograms to women in need — women for whom early detection would not otherwise be possible. Since its launch in October 2000, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism and in the fight to prevent breast cancer deaths. . . .With a simple, daily click of the pink button at The Breast Cancer Site, visitors help provide mammograms to those in need. Visitors pay nothing. Mammograms are paid for by the site's sponsors and distributed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.”

“ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. [Their] mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives. ”


"The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) was formally established in 1986 as the only nonprofit, voluntary health organization whose mission is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis through programs of research education and advocacy."

Disability Studies

Directory of Disability Studies Programs

“The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the exploration of disability through research, artistic production, and teaching. Disability Studies encourages perspectives that place disability in social, cultural, and political contexts. Through our work we seek to augment understanding of disability in all cultures and historical periods, to promote greater awareness of the experiences of disabled people, and to contribute to social change.”

The Center on Human Policy's Disability Studies for Teachers website “contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.”

"A website for students that are studying in the field of disability, as well as professionals working within it."

Disabilities Resources

"A U.S.-based national non-profit organization, Mobility International USA's (MIUSA) mission is “Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.” Their site includes information about disability organizations worldwide.

“The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families.”

This site contains a long list of “disABILITY Information and Resources” links.


This Center for Disease Control site focuses on HIV, STD and TB Prevention.

“The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the U.S. reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). NPIN produces, collects, catalogs, processes, stocks, and disseminates materials and information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB to organizations and people working in those disease fields in international, national, state, and local settings.”

AIDS & HIV Statistics for Canada

“An AIDS and HIV Information Resource designed to: use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians; demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment; improve patients' quality of life; and foster community through human connection.” The site includes a directory of AIDS hotlines (United States, Canadian, and International).

"SisterLove, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to provide education, prevention, housing and support services with women by women who are at risk for or already infected with HIV or have AIDS."

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Chapter 12 Women and Psychological Disorders

General Pages on Mental Health Issues and Psychological Disorders

The following sites provide information about symptoms, treatment, research, and links to other resources related to specific psychological disorders including substance abuse, depression, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. NOTE: Please keep in mind that information about psychological disorders found on the Internet cannot replace the expertise of a trained therapist or psychiatrist.

Internet Mental Health

Mental Help Net

“NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.”

Eating Disorders and Body Image

“Healthy Weight Network provides a critical link between research and practical application in weight and eating issues.”

"The mission of the International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA) is to promote size acceptance and fight size discrimination throughout the world by means of advocacy and visible, lawful actions."

"The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support."

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Chapter 13 Violence Against Women


U.S. Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women and Children

“The mission of the Violence Against Women Network (VAWnet), the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, is to harness and use electronic communication technology to end violence against women.”

The Initiative for Violence-Free Families (IVFF) section of this Family and Children’s Services website contains helpful lists of actions we all can take to prevent violence in schools, workplaces, and the media.

“The mission of the Women of Color Network (WOCN) is to provide and enhance leadership capacity and resources that promote the activities of women of color advocates and activists within the Sovereign Nations, the United States and U.S. Territories to address the elimination of violence against women and families.”

“The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. . . . In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided we had a responsibility to urge men to speak out against violence against women. We decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to men's violence against women. After only six weeks preparation, as many as one hundred thousand men across Canada wore a white ribbon. Many others were drawn into discussion and debate on the issue of men's violence.”

Sexual Harassment

Internet Resources on Sexual Harassment

What to do if you or someone you know is sexually harassed.

Rape and Abuse

Your local rape and abuse crisis center or campus women's center may have a website listing local resources. In addition, the following sites seemed to have useful information and links.

“The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention. The NSVRC provides an extensive on-line library and customized technical assistance, as well as, coordinates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives.”

"The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. . . . RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE” RAINN is in the process of expanding its hotline services with the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline [currently, as of April 2007, in its pilot phase with limited hours], “which will be the nation's first secure web-based hotline that provides live, secure and completely confidential help to victims 24/7 through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging .”

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

“The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) is an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence – including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC's mission is to enhance society's understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community.”

“Another Closet: Domestic Violence in Gay and Lesbian Relationships” contains general information as well as recommendations for friends of abuse victims. Note: this site is based in Australia, so the phone numbers would not be local for North American visitors; however, the other information on the site is useful. [And I was unable to find such a site based in North America!]

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Chapter 14 Women and Older Adulthood


The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the National Institutes of Health, “leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging – seeks “to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of long-term care that helps elderly individuals to maintain their dignity in their homes and communities . . . . [and] to help society prepare for an aging population.”

“As the only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age, OWL [The Older Women’s League] strives to improve the status and quality of life of midlife and older women. OWL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its work through research, education, and advocacy activities conducted through a chapter network.”

Retirement & Economic Issues

“The Women’s Institute for Financial Education ( is the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial education to women in their quest for financial independence.”


The North American Menopause Society is “the leading nonprofit scientific organization devoted to promoting women's health and quality of life through an understanding of menopause. This site contains information on menopause, perimenopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms and long-term health effects of estrogen loss, and a wide variety of strategies and therapies to enhance health.”

Washington State-based Feminist Women’s Health Center site provides helpful information, news, and personal stories related to women’s health issues including menopause. Their vision is “a world where all women freely make their own decisions regarding their bodies, reproduction, and sexuality--a world where all women can fulfill their own unique potential and live healthy whole lives.”

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Chapter 15 Moving Onward . . .

NOTE: See Chapter 1 for other Women's Studies, Psychology of Women, Feminism, and Diversity/Women & Ethnicity sites.

Men's Movement

"The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) advocates a perspective that is profeminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men's lives, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities. We affirm that working to make this nation's ideals of equality substantive is the finest expression of what it means to be men."

"The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51 of the American Psychological Association, advances knowledge in the psychology of men through research, education, training, public policy, and improved clinical practice.”


This site contains links to basic information about Ecofeminism as well as links to related sites.

Eve Online, Ecofeminist Visions Emerging, is a site devoted to ecofeminism and includes articles and links to related sites.

Women's Studies Programs and Courses

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)

Joan Korenman’s list of Women's Studies Programs, Departments, & Research Centers. This site contains links to most women's studies programs and websites. Many of these websites include numerous links to other women's studies resources.

The University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Librarian list of Women’s Studies Programs, Departments, Research Centers, Archives, and Libraries includes North American and International sites.

Canadian Women’s Studies Association

Women's Movement in North America

National Organization for Women. The site contains general information about the organization as well as a number of women's issues including: women in the military, sexual harassment, violence against women, . . .

“International Archives of the Second Wave of Feminism—The Second Wave Archives is an effort to conserve and communicate the original spirit of the Second Wave of Feminism, also known as the women's liberation movement. The time period of focus in 1966-79 in the U.S. and any time frame of original energy and importance in other nations.”

Documents for the Women’s Liberation Movement: An On-Line Archival Collection (Duke University). "The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group."

For additional information about the Women's Movement in North America, see the Feminism sites listed in Chapter 1 above.

Women's Movement Worldwide

“MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice.”

SAWNET (South Asian Women’s NETwork) is a forum for those interested in South Asian women’s issues. The site contains information about people, books, films, organizations, news, and links to other resources.

"The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. We advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world."

Global Activism and Information about Women's Issues Globally

The Women in World History Curriculum's Website “is full of information and resources to help you learn about women’s history in a global, non-U.S., context.“

“The mission of the International Museum of Women [formerly Women's Heritage Museum] is to value the lives of women around the world. The Museum amplifies the voices of women worldwide through history, the arts and cultural programs that educate, create dialogue, build community, and inspire action. With its unique focus on cultural change, the Museum advances the human right to gender equity worldwide.”

WomenWatch: Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women is part of the United Nations’ website.

“Women’s Link Worldwide is an international organization promoting gender equality through legal avenues. We work to advance women’s rights through the implementation of international human rights law, and the use of tribunals and strategic litigation. Women’s Link has three main areas of thematic focus: sexual and reproductive rights, gender violence and gender discrimination.”

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