Welcome to the course guide for PHI-2420, Philosophy of Women. This guide will help you discover resources for use in your group presentations. If you have questions at any point, or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to one of the librarians listed on the right-hand side of the page.


 Primary Texts

To facilitate collaboration, Falvey Library has provided electronic access to most of the major texts available for the group project. Note that the texts by Davis and Gilligan are unavailable in this format.

Young, Iris Marion. 2005. On Female Body Experience: “Throwing Like a Girl” and Other Essays. 1 edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Bordo, Susan, and Leslie Heywood. 2004. Unbearable Weight: Feminism,  Western Culture, and the Body, Tenth Anniversary Edition. Second Edition, Tenth Anniversary edition. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

Federici, Silvia. 2012. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. Oakland, CA : Brooklyn, NY : London: PM Press ; Common Notions : Autonomedia

Spade, Dean. 2011. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. Brooklyn, NY: South End Press.

Ahmed, Sara. 2017. Living a Feminist Life. Durham: Duke University Press.

Clare, Eli. 2015. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. Durham: Duke University Press.

 Reference Resources

At the outset of your project, it may be helpful to look up the key terms or authors you have selected in one of the following reference sources. Reference sources are useful because they provide basic overviews of topics in addition to lists of references and suggested further readings. They can save you time by pointing you directly toward good secondary sources.

Feminist philosophies A-Z (ebook)
A concise alphabetical guide to the key terms, issues, theoretical approaches, projects and thinkers in feminist philosophy.

Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy
An excellent edited collection of essays about contemporary feminist philosophy. Consult the table of contents to find chapters relevant to your topic.

Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy
An edited collection of essays about major themes in contemporary feminist philosophy. Consult the table of contents to find chapters relevant to your topic.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
An open-access encyclopedia started by the Stanford University Philosophy Department in 1997. The peer-reviewed entries are continually updated and contain bibliographies.

 Journal Databases

Journal databases will help you find relevant sources that discuss, develop, or extend the ideas encountered in your primary text. The most relevant databases to use for this course will be the ones for gender studies and philosophy. However, because the topics you’re researching are interdisciplinary (meaning that they are investigated within multiple academic fields), we have also listed other subject databases that may be relevant to the book you’re presenting on.

Hint: Most Journal Databases allow you to limit your search results to just book reviews. Book reviews in academic journals can provide valuable insights, as well as criticisms, and can tell you something about how the book was received on publication. To find book reviews, search the book's title as a keyword in the database.


  GenderWatch (ProQuest)
Indexes scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and reports in many disciplines on topics relevant to gender studies. Provides a historical perspective on the evolution of the women's movement and changes in gender roles. Includes perspectives typically not represented in the mainstream media. Includes abstracts and full-text for most citations. Coverage extends back to 1970.

  Gender Studies Database (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals and popular magazines, books, conference proceedings, dissertations and newspapers in many disciplines on topics relevant to gender studies. Includes abstracts for most citations. Coverage goes back to the early seventies.

  Philosopher's Index (EBSCO)
Provides indexing and abstracts to the scholarly literature in philosophy. Includes citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, and contributions to anthologies. International and interdisciplinary in scope; coverage is from 1940 to the present.

  Social Sciences Citation Index - Web of Science (Clarivate)
Indexes core journals in the social sciences. Provides information on citing and cited references for each article. Search by article title word, journal title, author, cited author or reference, address word (i.e., author's institution), or funding agency. Covers 1956 to the present.

Provides full text access to legal periodicals, books, government documents, legal texts, and other primary source collections in the legal field.
Subscription courtesy of the Charles Widger School of Law Library.

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)  Tutorial
Provides abstracts and indexing to journals, books, book chapters, technical reports and dissertations in all areas of psychology. This database is produced by the American Psychological Association (APA). International in scope; coverage is from 1887 to the present.

 Digital Archives and Primary Sources

Primary source documents—historical newspapers, photographs, letters, personal papers of important figures, and more—can provide an understanding of social, political and cultural movements as they happened. The collections listed below may provide useful supporting material for your presentations, especially if your author is involved in or makes reference to specific movements, incidents, or figures.

Hint: If you are working on Silvia Federici’s book, it may be illuminating to consult the documents of the New York Wages for Housework Committee, which Federici helped found, and worked with during the 1970s.


  Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs (ProQuest)
Features digital copies of books, pamphlets and periodicals related to women's history in general and the movement for women's rights in particular. Coverage is international and extends from the middle of the 15th century to the middle of the 20th century.

  LGBT Thought and Culture (Alexander Street Press)
Provides coverage of the essential works and archival documents of the global LGBTQ+ movement. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present and includes archival content in the form of text, letters, speeches, interviews, and ephemera.

  Digital Transgender Archive (College of the Holy Cross)
Features direct access and links to primary source materials from over thirty institutions including the GLBT Historical Society, the NYC Trans Oral History Project, and numerous university archives.

  The New York Wages for Housework Committee 1972-1977 : history, theory and documents
Print resource containing primacy source materials related to the Wages For Housework movement.

 Image Resources with few copyright restrictions

This list contains online resources for images with few copyright restrictions. Some are in the public domain, which means they are not copyrighted and can be freely used for commercial, personal or educational purposes. Other images may only be used for educational reasons. Many of those restricted to educational use only have Creative Commons licenses that clearly outline what you may or may do with the content. It is up to you to locate the copyright information for every image and read the policies for each of these resources. Remember to always cite the source of an image using your preferred citation style.

  Artstor (ITHAKA)  Tutorial  Access Instructions
Provides access to a large library of high-resolution digital images from museums and archives. The multi-disciplinary collection includes digital copies of fashion plates, cartoons, posters, post cards, book illustrations, botanical and wildlife illustrations, technical illustrations, museum objects, and photo journalism, besides the expected artwork.

More than 25,000 images of Art and Architecture are in the public domain and downloadable. Look for images with a “Download Image” button. Those without the button have copyright restrictions.

Offers broad selection of photographs from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific. All images are freely available without copyright restrictions.

  British Library Commons on Flickr
Over 1,000,000 images from the library's digitized books from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries are in the public domain may be freely used without any copyright restrictions.

  Brooklyn Museum Online Collection
Contains over 40,000 images of art. A number of them are available in high-resolution and are copyright free, while others have some restrictions via a Creative Commons license. See the rights statement for each individual image. Advanced search allows users to look only for images with no known copyright or those with Creative Commons licenses.

  Creative Commons on Flickr
Users can search according to Creative Commons license type. Many are freely available for download. Rights vary depending on the photographer.

  Creative Commons on Advanced Google Image Search
Users can filter the results of a basic image research by Creative Commons license type by clicking on Search Tools or by selecting desired usage rights in Advanced Image Search.

  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
This collection include photographs, fine and popular prints, drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the focus is on materials produced in the United States and content documenting its history. High-resolution images are available to download and the vast majority are copyright free. See the rights advisory for each individual image.

  Los Angeles County Museum of Art
has about 20,000 high-res digital downloads of images in the public domain for any use. Just enter search terms and check the "Show public domain images only" box. Free images contain a link that says “Download Image.”

  MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art
Exhibits modern art.

  National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Chronologically arranged collections of more than 110,000 works from the Middle Ages until the present.

  National Portrait Gallery, London
Over 53,000 low resolution images are freely available for non-commercial use though a Creative Commons license and more the 87,000 high resolution images are free to download for academic use the Gallery's own license.

  New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Over 80,000 low resolution digital public domain and copyright protected images are freely available for personal, educational, or research purposes. Users are responsible for clearing the necessary rights when using an image in a research paper. When searching, select the "Search only public domain items" option to filter your results

  Open Photo
A wide vary of stock photography with Creative Commons licenses, including high quality nature, technology and architectural images.

A blog about historic photographs with high-resolution images. Selected smaller sized may be freely downloaded for non-commercial use.

Features over 1 million freely available high-resolution photos.

  Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language.

 News Sources

The following resources offer newspaper articles from mainstream and alternative presses. Use these sources to find real-world applications of the concepts you're exploring for your project.

  New York Times (NYTimes.com)  Access Instructions
Offers access to all sections of the NYTimes.com website without monthly limits. Coverage from 1851 to present, with limited availability of articles from 1923-1980. For full text access to all NYT content except the most recent five years, use ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
Subscription courtesy of the Provost's Office and Falvey Library.

  Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
Offers access to the full text of articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press. While most of the content is in English, some content in non-English languages is included. Coverage for most newspapers and magazines goes back to the early 1990s, but earlier content is also available.

  GenderWatch (ProQuest)
Indexes a variety of materials on topics relevant to gender studies; you can limit your results to Newspapers. Provides a historical perspective on the evolution of the women\'s movement and changes in gender roles. Includes perspectives typically not represented in the mainstream media. Includes abstracts and full-text for most citations. Coverage extends back to 1970.