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Association of Religion Data Archives http://www.thearda.com/Archive/browse.asp

This is a collection of surveys, polls, and other data submitted by researchers.

Center for Black Digital Research https://twitter.com/DigBlk

The Center for Black Digital Research is a collaboration between the College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries at Penn State. The core services of the Center are built around the Colored Conventions Project. Follow the center on Twitter to learn more about their Voting Rights Campaign and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment.

Colored Conventions Project https://coloredconventions.org/

The Colored Conventions Project has been widely recognized in national media, including The New York Times and Forbes. The project has created a comprehensive digital database of the proceedings and records of the Colored Conventions state and national meetings of free, freed, and self-emancipated Black people. These meetings were held across North America from 1830-1890. Exhibits have also been created that share stories of this early Civil Rights movement.

College Modules http://www.thearda.com/learningcenter/modules/lm_da.asp

These modules guide students as they analyze major surveys and other online databases. There are modules on Women and Religion in the United States, Female Religious Leadership in American History, Women in the Seminary, Americans and Religious Diversity, Race/Ethnicity and Religion in American History, Exploring Religious Minorities Across Nations, Social Movements and Religion in American History, Religious Minorities Non-Christians in American History, and others.

Democracy Works Podcast https://www.democracyworkspodcast.com/

What does it mean to live in a democracy? The Democracy Works podcast seeks to answer that question by examining a different aspect of democratic life each week—from voting to criminal justice to the free press and everything in between. They interview experts who study democracy, as well as people who are out there doing the hard work of democracy day in and day out.

Herstory Archives https://lesbianherstoryarchives.org/

The Lesbian Herstory Archives exists to gather and preserve records of lesbian lives and activities. This  allows future generations to have ready access to materials relevant to their lives.

HumIn Focus Documentary Series https://huminfocus.psu.edu/

As part of their mission to publicize the social relevance of humanities scholarship, the Humanities Institute presents HumIn Focus, an educational web series that asks scholars to reflect on the ideas lying behind pressing social issues. Their latest episode focuses on the centenary of the passage of the 19th amendment and democracy in the United States.

Interactive Historical Timelines http://www.thearda.com/timeline/

These timelines provide a textual overview and images of major historical events, people, and groups. There are also topical timelines on Women and Religion, Social Movements and Religion, Religious Minorities Non-Christians, and Race/Ethnicity and Religion.

Politicizing Gender: Feminist Movements Download the PDF

Download this chapter written by Katherine Eva Maich and Gowri Vijayakumar from the book “The Social Life of Gender.” This chapter explores how movements create changes in gender relations by tracing the history of feminist activism since the late 19th century. Feminist activism is typically described as involving three “waves”: the first wave of the late 1800s and early 1900s, when women organized for voting and other legal rights; the second wave of the 1960s and 1970s, when women organized for workplace equality and against sexual violence; and the third wave of the 1990s and beyond, when the category of “woman” increasingly became contested and feminists of color pushed for an understanding of gender and sexuality with attention to race, class, and colonialism. This chapter takes a different approach: Instead of describing feminist movements as consecutive waves, the authors look at feminist movements as involving multiple “currents” that sometimes intersect, sometimes join, and sometimes emerge in tension with one another. The chapter shows that like other social movements, feminist activism has historically been influenced by and reproduced multiple social inequalities. Though the chapter primarily examines feminisms in the United States, it also looks at the global context for feminist activism and the powerful influence of feminists in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa on U.S. feminisms. The chapter concludes by showing how activists around the world challenge and transform gender relations in many ways, including in ways not typically defined as feminist.

Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement Project sites.psu.edu/civilrightsrrhetoric/

The site contains a host of speeches, writings, films, poems, songs, and other artifacts that have emerged from the Civil Rights Movement, particularly the time between 1954 and 1972. In addition to key artifacts, the site also includes a timeline of major rhetorical events dating back to the start of Reconstruction; background information on especially important events, such as the March on Washington, the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and the murder of Emmett Till; and guidance on how students and citizens can conduct their own original research. While the site concentrates on the years between 1954 and 1972, it is updated regularly and includes information about more contemporary occurrences, such as the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests that followed. The project is supported by the Center for Democratic Deliberation at Penn State.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/womens-studies

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: A Guide to Resources for Women's Studies in the Penn State University Libraries

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