Women's Studies

Sara Seely, Librarian

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Featured Titles

Enlightened sexism: the seductive message that feminism's work is doneEnlightened sexism: the seductive message that feminism's work is done




Half the sky : turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwideHalf the sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide




A Quiet RevolutionA quiet revolution: the veil's resurgence, from the Middle East to America




Woman in the mirrorThe Woman in the mirror: how to stop confusing what you look like with who you are




Books & Videos in the PCC Library


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indians of north american women

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About Primary Sources

Letters, interviews, photographs, and diary/blog entries are all examples of primary sources. Primary sources provide first-hand evidence of an event or subject, and they can be unpublished or published.  PCC Library's collection incudes published primary sources including autobiographies and personal journals. The Internet provides a wealth of access to primary sources through websites of historical societies, museums, organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities. Consult Using Primary Sources on the Web, published by the American Library Association.

Women's Speeches

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
Selected women's speeches from 1848 to current.

Salem Witchcraft Trials

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive
From the University of Virginia, this website contains court transcripts, record books, and other primary source material.

Salem Witchcraft Trials - Famous American Trials
Documents, images, maps, and other primary source material are included.  From the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law.

American Memory

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, American Memory presents thousands of primary sources, including photographs, recordings, pamphlets, and personal papers, that document the history of the United States.

Another excellent collection is the Gilder Lehrman digital archive.  It has over 60,000 primary source documents, including letters written by Ulysses Grant from West Po9int (complete with a nice painting he made) and much else.  


Resources on gender equality and empowerment of women, provided by the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality.


Council on Women and Girls

The Council on Women and Girls advises the U.S. President on issues relating to the welfare of women. Keeping America's Women Moving Forward: The Key to an Economy Built to Last is a recent report published by this council.

Women's Health: Medline Plus

Women's Health: Medline Plus
Presents health information and statistics from the National Institutes of Health.

Equality for Women

Equality for Women: Where Do We Stand on Millenium Development Goal 3
This 2008 World Bank Report suggests that a substantial effort is required to achieve equality for women.

National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women is the "largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States." Includes NOW's stance on key women's issues.

American Women

American Women, a Library of Congress website, contains documents and images related to U.S. women's history and special exhibits including "Women of Protest" and "Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During WWII."

Films at PCC Library

Sisters of Selma : bearing witness for changewomen






Not for Ourselves Alone

Not for Ourselves Alone
Hear the PBS documentary, filmed by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes, which traces the lives and work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony, early leaders in the women's rights movement.  PCC Students:  You will be able to hear but not see this PBS documentary.

Women Rally Resources to Solve World's Problems

Listen to an NPR segment about Women Moving Millions, an initiative "aimed at improving lives of women and girls around the world.

Margaret Sanger - Mike Wallace Interview

The Margaret Sanger - Mike Wallace Television Interview
Margaret Sanger, the leader of the birth control movement, talks to Mike Wallace about her role as an advocate for birth control, over-population, the Catholic Church, and morality.

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Helping Yourself!

Group of studentsPCC Library has lots of resources that you can use on your own. You may already know that about the quiet study spaces as well as study rooms you can reserve.

StarCiting sources is another way you can help yourself! PCC Library has all the information you need on Cite Sources. The library also has video tutorials on everything from how to develop a topic for your paper to figuring out how to incorporate those citations. You'll find those videos, as well as information about using e-resources, at Tutorials and Handouts.

Help from Tutors

Tutors are available to you both in person and online, and the service is free! Cascade, Sylvania, Rock Creek and Southeast Center each have a tutoring center with excellent in-person tutors in most subjects. If you're working on a paper, the writing tutors are popular (so don't wait until the last minute)! You can get more information about each campuses hours and locations at the links below:

Cascade Campus Learning Center

Rock Creek Student Learning Center

Tutoring at Southeast Center

Tutoring at Sylvania

Or get started working with PCC's online tutors:

eTutoring at PCC

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