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Welcome to the Office of the Gender & Women's Studies Librarian!

The Office of the UW System Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) Librarian is one of the premier resources for support of gender and women's studies scholarship and librarianship. The GWS Librarian provides bibliographic and curriculum support, inter-institutional cooperation, information sharing, and advocacy related to the field of women's and gender studies and to gender-focused scholarship in the traditional disciplines.

The Gender & Women's Studies Librarian's Office publishes three periodicals on joint subscription (see below), plus an online database videography, WAVE.

Feminist Periodicals: A Current Listing of Contents -
Check out the latest issue: v. 35, no.1 (Winter 2015)!

Feminist Collections
Check out the latest issue (Winter-Spring 2014)!

New Books on Women, Gender & Feminism


We are please to announce the Dovie Horvitz Collection, a new online collection of photographs of women’s everyday possessions in the 19th and early 20th centuries, plus numerous digitized texts (magazines, books, postcards, posters, and more) concerning women during that period. The objects and printed works themselves were amassed by Dovie Horvitz, an Illinois-based collector who hopes to find an institutional home for the entire collection some day. Read this article about the collection or contact The GWS Librarian for more information.

Upcoming Events!

Gender & Women’s Studies Colloquium: Spring 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
4th Thursdays, 3:30pm, 3401 Sterling Hall, UW Madison
This semester includes presentations by Ellen Samuels, Janet Hyde, Susan Friedman, and Myra Marx Ferree. Sponsored by the Center for Research on Gender and Women. For more information call 263-2053, or email crgw@mailplus.wisc.edu

Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women’s Carpets - January 23 - March 1, 2015
Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden drive, UW Madison
Through stunning traditional Afghan carpets and textiles, the exhibition presents an artisanal tradition in an innovative model of social entrepreneurship. 
Opening Celebration January 25, (3:30-6:00 p.m.) 
Talk by Connie Duckworth January 25, (3:30-4:30 p.m.) 
Reception January 25, (4:30-6:00 p.m.)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. & Sunday 12-4 p.m.

Feminism in Theory, Practice, and Policy - Sociologists for Women in Society Annual Meeting
February 19-22, 2015, Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, DC

Gender and Sexuality: Identity Borderlands: Alliance of History Graduate Students Conference on the History of Gender and Sexuality - February 20-21, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Alliance of History Graduate Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is pleased to announce their annual inter-disciplinary conference, with this year’s theme highlighting gender and sexuality. “Identity borderlands” is a phrase meant to bring to mind intersectionality—the borderlands where gender and sexuality cross paths with race, class, culture, and a host of other identities. This conference hopes to examine, critique, and advance the historical meanings of gender, sexuality and identity within an intersectional context/framework.

Connecting Leaders, Advancing the Movement: The 2015 Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference
February 20-22, 2015, Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee
The Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference is an innovative approach to building a more skilled and connected network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied leaders who are empowered to achieve and protect LGBT equality in their local communities across the state of Wisconsin.

Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium - March 16 - 18, 2015
Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College in Oxford University, U.K.
You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of Women’s Studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member. Papers presented at the meeting will be subsequently peer reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or in sponsored academic journals. The Symposium is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to cover a broad reach of women’s leadership issues in both the public and private sectors. The expectation is that much of the discourse will be concerned with cultural, religious, social, and economic conditions of women and the initiatives that may be most effective in the remediation of the various forms of gender discrimination. See our website for suggestions on topics.

11th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference - March 21-23, 2015, Arlington, Virginia
Sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation, the 2015 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will provide young activists with the opportunity to network, grow their knowledge on pertinent domestic and global feminist issues, and fine-tune their organizing methodology. Join young feminist activists from around the nation as we discuss issues including (but definitely not limited to) reproductive justice, eco-feminism, intersectionality and identity-based activism, campus organizing tactics and methods, violence against women, ballot measures and political organizing, social media and web-based activism, and global women’s rights and health.

Women’s Wellness Conference at UW-Platteville - Saturday, April 18, 2015, University of WI Platteville
The Women’s Wellness Conference will be used as a tool to educate, uplift, empower, and motivate women of all races, sizes, colors, and ethnicities. In addition to a keynote, the schedule will include a series of breakout sessions throughout the day with topics including sexual assault and domestic violence awareness, safe sex, being healthy at any size, LGTBQ health and wellness issues, empowerment and confidence building, surviving alcohol and other drug abuse, and more.

Gloria Steinem Dialogue and bell hooks Residency - April 20 - 24, 2015
St. Norbert College Cassandra Voss Center, De Pere, Wisconsin
The Cassandra Voss Center is thrilled to announce a residency with renowned public intellectual bell hooks at SNC, April 20-24, 2015. The social justice scholar bell hooks will host a number of talks related to her work on theology of love and radical hospitality, engaged pedagogy, community building and racial justice. SNC is the only small liberal arts college honored to have an entire week residency with bell hooks. As part of the residency, the CVC will welcome famed writer and activist Gloria Steinem in conversation with hooks on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Steinem is known internationally as a key historical figure and founder of the women’s movement, honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

2015 UW System Women & Science Program Spring Conference - May 18-19, 2015
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.
We are now open for submission of proposals for presentations. Please share teaching, advising, mentoring, or other strategies that attract and retain students and educators who are underrepresented in STEM. Priority will be given to presentations that include assessment of the activity.

Attending to Early Modern Women: It's About Time - June 18-20, 2015, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Taking as its inspiration the fact that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the first Attending to Early Modern Women conference, the ninth conference, “It’s About Time,” will focus on time and its passing, allowing us to archive our achievements, reflect on the humanities in the world today, and shape future directions in scholarship and teaching. It will address such questions as: Can we trace gendered and embodied temporalities? How did time structure early modern lives, and the textual and material commemorations of those lives? In what ways do categories of difference condition understandings of time? How do contemporary and early modern conceptions of time inform our work as scholars and teachers?

2015 American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Convention - June 18–21, 2015
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

Save the Date! UW Madison GWS turns 40! - October 23-24, 2015, UW Madison
In 2015 Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison turns 40 and we here at GWS would like to take this opportunity to pause and reflect on our history, our present, and our future. We have much to celebrate and much to think through for the years to come, and we hope you will join us to share this exciting moment.
On Friday October 23, 2015, we will have a reception and opening words in our own space in Sterling Hall, and Saturday October 24, 2015, we will have a full day of academic program followed by plated dinner and dancing at the nearby Pyle Center. Formal invitation coming soon.

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference - November 12-15, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
This year's theme is Precarity. Check out NWSA's website for CFP and more.