Gender and Women's Studies: Resources for Curriculum Infusion

Books --Some Useful Books Demonstrating Curriculum Infusion of Women/Gender are

A companion to American women's history, edited by Nancy A. Hewitt (Oxford : Blackwell, 2004; received 3/15/2005) and A companion to gender history edited by Teresa A. Meade and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2004 ; HQ1075 .C655 2004 and HQ1075 .C655 2004eb [e-book]) are both excellent references on the incorporation of women's history scholarship into general history.

Encompassing gender : integrating international studies and women's studies, edited by Mary M. Lay, Janice Monk, and Deborah S. Rosenfelt. New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2002. HQ1180 .E53 2002
"Strategies for focus are key, as, for example, in an interesting course in Italian studies that compares and contrasts the exodus of Italians to the United States in the early twentieth century with the current influx of African immigrants into Italy. The volume includes essays, course syllabi, annotated bibliographies and videographies, as well as novel teaching strategies and suggestions for a variety of international materials" -- publisher's description.

The Penguin atlas of women in the world, by Joni Seager ; [cartography by Isabelle Lewis].New York : Penguin Books, [c2003]. G1046.E1 S4 2003 Location: Reference, 1st floor South.
Excellent resource for visualizing how various social and economic conditions around the world affect women. See also prior editions for maps with other examples and emphases. Useful for any course in the social sciences.

Transforming the disciplines : a women's studies primer / Elizabeth L. MacNabb ... [et al.].New York : Haworth Press, c2001. HQ1180 .T73 2001.
Content: The impact of women's studies on rhetoric and composition / Hildy Miller -- Feminism and philosophy / Eileen John -- The impact of women's studies on the study of religion / Mary Ann Stenger -- Transgressing to transform : the feminist engagement with art history / Susan Shifrin, Robert Bambic -- Women in music / Ursula M. Rempel -- Listening to women's voices and reading women's words : how women's studies has helped to transform the teaching of literature / Georgia Rhoades -- Feminism and film studies / Karen Chandler -- Refusing to close the curtains before putting on the light : literature and women's studies / Lyndie Brimstone -- Using feminism to improve economics / Barbara S. Burnell -- What is "women's history"? / Nancy M. Theriot -- Reconsidering the missing feminist revolution in sociology / Cynthia Negrey -- Gender and culture / Edwin S. Segal -- "What were women doing during the ascent of man?" : gender and archaeology / Mara R. Greengrass -- Feminism and communication studies / Sharon Varallo ... [et al.] -- Language and gender research : not just for women anymore / Jessica Weinberg -- Gender jail : a look at psychology and gender / Kathleen M. Kirby --Feminist contributions to bioethics / Laura Shanner -- First steps toward a more feminist, multicultural physics / Barbara L. Whitten, Juan R. Burciaga -- Science and feminism : partners or rivals? / Gwyneth Hughes -- Mathematics : a dilemma for feminists / Julianne Lynch, Gilah C. Leder, Helen J. Forgasz -- History of women in science and technology / Amy Sue Bix -- Behind school doors : feminism and education / Haithe Anderson -- Law and feminism / Mary Childs -- Women's place : architecture and feminism / Jeanne Halgren Kilde -- The impact of feminism on the library science profession / Amy Begg DeGroff -- The forgotten discipline : sport studies and physical education / Dayna Beth Daniels.

Women of color and the multicultural curriculum : transforming the college classroom, edited by Liza Fiol-Matta and Mariam K. Chamberlain. New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1994. LB2361.5 .W65 1994
Abstract in ERIC: This volume documents the Ford Foundation's Mainstreaming Minority Women's Studies program to encourage curriculum transformation by concentrating on the issues, learning, research, and achievements of women of color in the United States. Part 1 is on faculty development and begins with two essays: "Shifting Models, Creating Visions: Process and Pedagogy for Curriculum Transformation" (Karen E. Rowe); and "Understanding Outcomes of Curriculum Transformation" (Paula Ries). Part 1 then focuses on faculty development, with model syllabi drawn from the George Washington University (District of Columbia) and the University of California at Los Angeles. Each is accompanied by an introductory essay by the seminar facilitators. Part 2 presents undergraduate syllabi representative of the course revisions produced by the program's seminars. Two general essays in Part 2 are "Litmus Tests for Curriculum Transformation" (Liza Fiol-Matta) and "Reflections on Teaching Literature by American Women of Color" (King-Kok Cheung). The remainder of Part 2 presents specific curricula in the following areas: American studies, art and architecture, Barnard College first-year seminars, history, literature, theology, writing, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. Part 3 focuses on Puerto Rican studies. The essay, "An Interdisciplinary Guide for Research and Curriculum on Puerto Rican Women" (Edna Acosta-Belen et al.) introduces the 10-unit curriculum. (DB)

Women in literature : reading through the lens of gender / edited by Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen S. Silber ; foreword by David Sadker. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c2003. PN56.5.W64 W65 2003.
"This unique reference offers alternate approaches to reading traditional literature, as well as suggestions for expanding the canon to include more gender sensitive works. Covering 96 of the most frequently taught works of fiction..." ---publisher's description.

Women's history in global perspective / edited by Bonnie Smith. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2004- .(1 Copy Ordered as of 04-22-05).
This will eventually be a 3-volume set designed to encourage inclusion and comparisons among women's historical experiences in world history courses.It is being published in conjunction with the American Historical Association. Contents of v. 1: The theory and practice of women's history and gender history in global perspective / Margaret Strobel and Marjorie Bingham. Family history as world history / Ann B. Waltner and Mary Jo Maynes. Exemplary women and sacred journeys : women and gender in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from late antiquity to the eve of modernity / Julia Clancy-Smith. Gender and work : possibilities for a global, historical overview / Alice Kessler-Harris. Race and ethnicity in women's and gender history in global perspective / Pamela Scully. Gender and nation / Mrinalini Sinha. Worlds of feminism / Susan Kent.

Finding Significant Books on Women/Gender by Discipline/Topic-- Use the Core Books Database . For a comprehensive look at publishing on women/gender by subject, use New Books On Women & Feminism (2/year in print; available in the Polk Library periodicals area) or online in Women's Studies International (formerly Women's Resources International) accessible from the Polk Library Women's Studies Tools page.


General Resources on Women/Gender in Your Discipline

Women in the Curriculum materials from the National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women. In 1997, the Center issued a book Getting Started: Planning Curriculum Transformation, by Elaine Hedges, plus a series of 16 "discipline analyses essays" for Anthropology, Art, Biology, British Literature, Composition, Economics, Education, European History, Geography, Health, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. History. That same year, the Center also published a series of 7 pamphlets on "Rethinking the Disciplines" from panels originally held at CUNY earlier in the 1990s. The disciplines covered are Anthropology, Biology, Education, History, Literature, Psychology, and Sociology. All the disciplinary analyses and CUNY "Rethinking the Disciplines" panels are cataloged and available in fulltext (pdfs) through ERIC: the Education Resources Information Center database. Search for "Women in the Curriculum series"as a title. Both series aimed to summarize the current state of the new scholarship on women in each discipline covered and to suggest ways (and resources) for incorporating that scholarship into revised courses. While research/scholarship has continued, making the booklets a bit dated, they are excellent summarizes of the questions asked by women's studies scholars and issues raised as of the mid 1990s. NCCTRW published an Introductory Bibliography for Curriculum Transformation, by Sara Coulter, also in 1997. NCCTRW continues to publish on an occasional basis; the most recent is Race, Gender, and Science: Selected Topics, by Rebecca Reviere (2003), a product from the 'Black Women in the Academy II: Service and Leadership' conference, held in Washington, D.C, in summer 1999. "Something's Missing in the Curriculum: Some Ideas for Transforming It," in Feminist Collections (published by the UW System Women's Studies Librarian's Office), provides a general description of the NCCTRW enterprise and publications.

To supplement and update the NCCRTW material, use the Polk Library Catalog advanced keyword and try [discipline] and (women or gender). Take a look at some of the subject headings and use any that cover an aspect you are interested in. Other tips:

Become familiar with relevant sections of the University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's website. Important sections for curriculum infusion:

Keep up by using the publications of the UW System Women's Studies Librarian. Scan the relevant sections of New Books on Women & Feminism (2/year), browse the contents of journals in Feminist Periodicals: A Current Listing of Contents, and read the articles in Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources. These are all found in the periodicals area in Polk Library. Feminist Collections is also in GenderWatch in fulltext, and New Books is in Women's Studies International (formerly Women's Resources International) database.

Sources of Syllabi, Learning Objects, etc., Searchable by Topics Women, Gender, or Feminism


There are numerous syllabi collections on the web, some general, some discipline-specific; use them to find syllabi specifically on women/gender and to browse for incorporation of women/gender topics into general courses.

Start first with the massive collection of women's studies syllabi maintained by Joan Korenman (U. Maryland-Baltimore County. The site is divided into categories, by discipline.

There are other collections of women/gender focused syllabi, including:

World Lecture Hall (all disciplines). Examples indexed where a topic of a general course covers women:

American Studies "Dynamic" collection, from Georgetown Crosswords Project; see also the Project's Syllabus Library. Some examples where a topic of a general course covers (or interweaves) women:

Asia/Pacific Studies (as found on H-Net)

Center for History and New Media: Syllabus Finder (not just History!)

Classics Online Course Database

Higher Education (American Educational Research Association)

International Relations


Literature and the Environment (including ecofeminism), from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Philosophy (American Philosophical Association)

Physics, History of , from the American Institute of Physics

Political Science (American Political Science Association)

Psychology (Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology)

Religious Studies (American Academy of Religion); see also Wabash Center's Internet Guide: Syllabi and Women and Religion page.

Science & Technology Studies (Society for Social Studies of Science)

Sociology Teaching Resource Guides (American Sociological Assocation -- print resources list)

Learning Objects

Merlot: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Teaching Online. Go to "advanced," select a subject category and put "women" in the description box. Do separate search putting "gender" in the description box.

Wisc-Online: Wisconsin Online Resource Center (requires registration); examples of a gender-focused learning objects in the collection, in the general education/sociology area:

Learning Objects Portal (Canadian site)


Finding Articles Specifically on Curriculum Infusion:

There are several periodicals that carry useful articles on curriculum infusion:.

Feminist Teacher -- available in print in the Polk Library; some issues are also in GenderWatch (none current)

Transformations -- in GenderWatch, 1991- present

Radical Teacher -- in Education Fulltext, 1996-present; Acad. Search, 4/2003-present and previous two years in Lexis-Nexis (select news category "Business News" and news source 'Industry News;" search for "Radical Teacher" in fulltext, and expand the dates to "all available dates")

Women's Studies Quarterly -- available in print in the Polk Library, 1994-present

In general databases such as those below, Search for"curriculum transformation" "curriculum integration," or "curriculum infusion" and women or gender in

Academic Search/Ebscohost (From Polk Library page select Academic Search from the menu under "List of Library Search Tools.")

Lexis-Nexis ( (From Polk Library page select Lexis-Nexis Academic from the menu under "List of Library Search Tools."). There are numerous articles from women-focused journals and magazines hidden in the Business News/Industry News section of Lexis-Nexis. The most direct way to find them in that section is to set up a search for Contemporary Women's Issues in Fulltext, and curriculum or pedagogy in headline, lead paragraph, terms; and women or gender in headline, lead paragraph, terms:


ERIC: the Educational Resources Information Center (link goes to the public site for ERIC, with simplified searching; also available through EbscoHost from Polk Library menu under "List of Library Search Tools." Select "ERIC - Ebsco". )


Phyllis Holman Weisbard, University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian
May 10, 2005.
Send comments or questions to the Women's Studies Librarian by emailing wiswsl at (replace with "@")