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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. 34, no.3 (Summer 2014)!

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!

Queer Emerging Leaders Program (QUELP) is a program for UW Madison students to learn about their individual and collective identities in the context of community leadership. Join the LGBT Campus Center and grow as a campus and community leader through personal narrative, conversation, and service learning in this 13-week program. You can join a tight knit community in the pursuit of unpacking our own identities and how those identities interact with different campus and community resources. You can even earn academic credit! Everyone is welcome!

Femspec Retreat - January 4-10, 2016 on Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Femspec is pleased to announce its plans for an artistic/writing reatreat. The retreat will consist of wprkshops in the morning, writing/work time in the afternoons and open readings and showcases in the evenings - all while socializing, eating, and drinking! See the announcement and contact femspec@aol.com for more information.  

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?