Internet Primary Sources for Teaching Womens Rights
General History Websites
Feminist Foremothers: 1400 to 1800 (some primary source excerpts)
Feminist Forefathers: some excerpts from early pro-women writers
Other Womens Voices: Translations of women's writing before 1700
Women and Social movements in the United States, 1600-2000; Women lesson plans. six document-based question units.
World History Connected, Lyn Reese,Her Marriage Bondage: Useful Websites for Linking Womens Marriage Rights Past to Present
Code of Hammurabi, (c. 1780 BCE)
Code of Assura Assyrians (c.1975 BCE)
Ischomachus's Wife: The Economist by Xenophon (c. 430-355 BCE)
Great Code of Gortyn (Crete, c. 450 B.C.E.)
Womens Legal Status in Roman World: Find The Twelve Tables (excerpt): Gaius, on guardianship. Marriage Laws, Julian marriage laws (Emperor Augustus c. 18 BCE)
Ban Zhoa (c 48-120 BCE), China.
The Mother of Mencius, (c. 372 289 BCE), China; short text.
Laws of Manu, (c. 500 BCE - 200 CE) India: compendium of ancient sacred laws and customs by the orthodox adherents of Brahminism. Lesson included.
Womens Speeches to the Roman Forum: (195 & 42 B.C.E.)
Greater Learning for Women (Japan, 1762)
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine: Peter of Blois letter to Chastise Her (1173)
Magdeburg Law: (1261) Germany
Christine de Pizan, (1364-ca.1431) A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor, The Treasury of the city of Ladies, France.
Letters of Isotta Nogarola (Italy, cs 1418-1466)
Margaret Fell, Womens Speaking Justified (England, 1666)
Advice Books on mariage: William Gouge, Of Domesticall Duties (1622)
Quotes from Mary Astell, England, (1700)
Womens Petition to the National Assembly, France, 1789
Olympe De Gouges, Declaration of the Rights of Woman, France, (1791)
Caroline Norton , England, (1824 &1855)
A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth's Marriage and Divorce Bill Caroline Norton, (1855)
Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, U.S.A., (1848)
Ernestine Rose, Womens Rights Convention, U.S.A., (1851)
Womans Rights and Womens Wrongs: Pro and Con Womens Rights, U.S.A., (1867-68)
John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women England, (1869)
United States vs Susan B. Anthony: Anthony Statement: (June 17-18, 1873)
Gaining Womens Suffrage in Great Britain (1906-1918)
Maria Eugenia Echenique: The Emancipation of Women, Argentina, (1876)
Meiji Civil Code of 1898 and Kishida Toshiko, Japan, (1863-1901)
Malik Hefni Nassef (pen name Bahithat al-Badiyya), lecture (1909), Egypt
Raden Ajeng Kartini, Give the Javanese Education, Indonesia, (1899 - 1904)
Woman and the New Race: Chapter II Womens Struggle for Freedom: Margaret Sanger, (1920)
A Plan for Peace Margaret Sanger, (1924)
Hiratsuka Haru (Raicho) Japan, (1911)
Alexandra Kollontai: Communism and the Family, Russia, (1920)
Li Kuei-ying Marriage Law of 1950, China, (1960)
Broadside: Why we opposed votes for women, National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, New York City, (1894)
Satirical Cartoon, Womens Emancipation: Harpers Bazaar, 1851, and text by Theodosia E. Bang, Boston, explaining that women wearing pants is form of emancipation.
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women: excerpts.
From Global to Local program: alternative reports from non-governmental groups in countries assessing the process toward implementing CEDAW.
Special Rapporteur: 1996 summary of types of violence.
Women Living Under Muslim Laws: an international solidarity network. top site.
Feminist Majority Foundation: global updates.
WWW reaching women: way to find womens organizations aroung the world.
UNIFEM: Note updated news on actions around the world.
Women, ink. See book Gains and Gaps in Worlds Women 2006.
Women Watch: Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. Top site.
Human Rights Watch: Womens Property Rights: Violations Doom Equality and Development. case study to introduce issues property rights.
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