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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 Primary sources provide first-hand evidence of an event or subject, and they can be unpublished or published.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.
Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
Selected women's speeches from 1848 to current.
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.
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.
Resources on gender equality and empowerment of women, provided by the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality.
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
Presents health information and statistics from the National Institutes of Health.
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.
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."
View streaming videos on women via the Films on Demand database, linked to Databases A-Z on PCC Library's homepage
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.
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.
Listen to an NPR segment about Women Moving Millions, an initiative "aimed at improving lives of women and girls around the world.
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