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The National Women’s Conference

Ghosts of the Second Wave
View photographs of and read commentary about the 1977 National Women’s Conference and the drafting of the 1977 Plan of Action.

Jo Freeman: National Women’s Conference
Feminist scholar Jo Freeman’s comprehensive Web site features an account of the 1977 National Women’s Conference complete with photos and buttons.

The Handbook of Texas Online: National Women’s Conference, 1977
Learn more about the organization and legacy of the 1977 conference from this Web site, produced by the University of Texas at Austin’s general library and the Texas State Historical Association.

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Featured in the Film

Motherjones.com: Gloria
Read a 1995 Mother Jones interview with feminist leader Gloria Steinem.

National Women’s Hall of Fame: Betty Friedan
Get a biography and bibliography of the author of The Feminine Mystique (Norton, 1963).

Texas Governors: Ann Richards
Read about former Texas Governor Ann Richards’ accomplishments and view some of her speeches on this site.

AsianWeek.com: Proud to Be Korean American
Read an interview with neurologist and political activist Suzanne Insook Ahn, a film interviewee who passed away in 2003.

Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame: Carmen Delgado Votaw
Find out more about the work of this civil rights leader who along with Bella Abzug introduced the bill to hold the 1977 National Women’s Conference.

The Texas A&M Battalion: Women and the vote
Political science professor and film interviewee Nikki Van Hightower talks about women’s voting rights in America.

Phyllis Schlafly
Read monthly columns and commentary by author Phyllis Schlafly, a vocal opponent against the Equal Rights Amendment and other feminist issues.

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U.S. Women’s Studies and History

The Equal Rights Amendment
Read legislation updates, an historic overview and FAQ on the Equal Rights Amendment on this site created by the Alice Paul Institute and the National Council of Women's Organizations.

Ms. Magazine
Read articles, get the latest news on the Feminist Daily Wire and peruse the Ms. Musings Blog at the online home of America’s first national feminist magazine.

The Today Show: Thirty Years Later, is Feminism Dead?
Today show host Katie Couric talks with young women and feminists about how the U.S. feminist movement has progressed in the past three decades.

Ms. Magazine: The End of Feminism’s Third Wave
Bitch magazine editor Lisa Jervis writes about feminism’s generational divide.

The Women’s Museum
Learn more about the current exhibits at this Smithsonian affiliate located in Texas, which is “devoted to providing a public forum for the celebration and communication of the immeasurable contributions women have made to society.”

Women of Color Web
Get teaching tools, read articles, join discussions and find links to organizations that address concerns of women and feminists of color.

Lesbian History Project
Find Web resources, searchable databases, archival collections, news and more on lesbian history.

National Women’s History Museum
Founded in 1996, this Washington, DC museum also features a “cyber museum” with online exhibits.

National Women’s History Project
Find out what significant events have happened each month in American women’s history, read biographies of renowned U.S. women and get links to the History Channel’s speech archive by women who have changed America including Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and others.

Women’s Studies Library
Get links to women’s studies databases, educational resources and Web sites at this resource from Ohio State University.

Women’s Studies Database
Browse academic papers, articles, book reviews and more on gender issues and women’s studies at this University of Maryland resource.

The Feminist Press
Find out more about the oldest women’s press in the U.S., which was founded in 1970 to publish work by and about women, especially works that have been historically underrepresented from the literary canon.

Living the Legacy: The Women’s Rights Movement 1848–1998
Launched in honor of the 150th anniversary of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention, this site contains a history of the U.S. women’s movement, a timeline, links and more.

Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History: Racism in the women’s movement
Learn more about racism and women of color in the U.S. women’s movement, from the first wave to today at the Houghton Mifflin College Division site.

U.S. Department of Labor: Women’s Bureau
Read articles and statistics about women in America’s paid workforce from this bureau, which aims to improve opportunities and working conditions for wage-earning women in the U.S.

The Library of Congress: Votes for Women
Read selections and view illustrations from the National American Women Suffrage Association Collection, spanning the U.S. women’s movement from 1848 to 1921.

PBS: NOW With Bill Moyers: Politics and Economy: Women and the Vote
This timeline on women’s rights in U.S. history includes links to Web sites on the gender gap in American voting and the Equal Rights Amendment.

PBS: Not For Ourselves Alone
Learn more about the history of women’s rights and suffrage, both in the U.S. and abroad, at the Web site for this Ken Burns documentary on landmark suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

The Declaration of Sentiments
Read the Declaration of Sentiments, first drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton for the first U.S. women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.

Phyllis Schlafly: Rejecting Gender-Free Equality
Read a chapter from Schlafly’s 1977 book, The Power of the Positive Woman, where she enumerates the “errors” in the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Organizations

Feminist Majority Foundation
Get the latest feminist news, events, links and from this “cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.”

Feminist.com
A “ten-year-old activist community and consciousness-raising portal of resources and information that supports women's equality, justice, wellness and safety,” Feminist.com contains news, columns, classifieds, and resources on global violence and advancing women’s leadership.

National Organization for Women (NOW)
Learn more about the largest organization of feminist activists in the U.S., which was founded in 1966 to achieve equality for all women.

Third Wave Foundation
A feminist, activist foundation working nationally to support young women ages 15 to 30, the Foundation sponsors grants and public education campaigns on topics such as voter education, reproductive rights and gender discrimination.

The National Council of Women's Organizations
The Council is a nonpartisan umbrella organization of more than 200 groups that collaborate to address women’s issues such as education, childcare, health, economic equity and global progress through policy work and grassroots action.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Get health information, fact sheets and more from America’s largest and best-known voluntary reproductive health organization.

NARAL Pro-Choice America
Get the facts on sex education, women’s health and the current legislation on reproductive rights from The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.

Feminists for Life
This pro-life organization presents the “true feminist case against abortion,” as well as articles, news and other resources.

League of Women Voters
This multi-issue organization promotes increased voter information, civic participation and public policy education. Visit the interactive center to get connected to elected officials.

Men Stopping Violence
Learn more about the work of this social change organization, which aims to “dismantle belief systems, social structure and institutional practices that oppress women and children and dehumanize men.”

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
The NCLR “fights homophobia in everyway it presents itself, and protects the rights of lesbians every time these are threatened.” Find out about its work regarding homophobia in sports, family law, elder law, transgender rights and immigration.

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Books

The Second Stage
By Betty Friedan
(Harvard University Press, 1998)
Freidan outlines the “second stage” of the U.S. women’s movement, which should focus on “living the equality we fought for” at home and in the workplace.

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
By Riane Eisler
(Harper, 1998)
Eisler’s international bestseller envisions a truly egalitarian society by exploring the legacy of pre-historic, peaceful, goddess-worshipping cultures.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
By Susan Faludi
(Anchor, 1992)
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Faludi examines the backlash against the modern U.S. women’s movement, fueled by mainstream media outlets and conservative propaganda.

Outrageous Acts and Every Day Rebellions
By Gloria Steinem
(Owl Books, 1995)
A feminist classic, Steinem’s first collection of essays includes her account of life as a Playboy Bunny as well as a moving tribute to her mother.

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