This resource list was created for the Conversations Among Women events held in conjunction with my Ancestresses & Wise Women installations in 2008.
THE PETITION TO THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AND THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL STATEMENT:The last world women's conference in Beijing 1995 drew 50,000 participants. Now at the beginning of the 21st century, with the state of the world as it is, it is a crucial time for women to come together to make a difference. This conference would be the first since the Internet made worldwide communication easy, and would likely be the largest and most effective gathering of women ever held. PURPOSE: To show worldwide grassroots support for a United Nations sponsored 5th Women's World Conference
Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to electronically sign the petition and then send the link on to your circle.
FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN BEIJING DECLARATION 1995
Click here to read the declaration from the the last World Conference on Women
BOOKS, ARTICLES, WEBSITES, AND FILMS SUPPORTING WOMEN'S HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE:
*Anderson, Sherry Ruth & Patricia Hopkins, The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women
*Atwood, Margaret, The Handmaid's Tale - Atwood wrote this "science fiction" tale in response to the feminist debates and the backlash against feminism in the early 80s.
*de Beauvoir, Simone, The Second Sex, originally published in 1949
*Bateson, Mary Catherine, Composing a Life: Life as a work in progress - the improvisations of five extraordinary women
*Belenky, Mary Field, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Ruie Goldberger, Jill Mattuck Tarle. Women's Way of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind.
*Bolen, Jean Shinoda, Crones Don't Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women
*Bolen, Jean Shinoda, Crossing to Avalon: A Woman's Midlife Pilgrimage
*Bolen, Jean Shinoda, Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World
*Cameron, Anne. Daughters of Copper Woman. fiction
*Chicago, Judy, The Dinner Party, http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/dinner_party/
museum link, virtual tour of this iconic installation about women in history
*Chicago, Judy, Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist
*Duerk, Judith, Circle of Stones: Woman's Journey to Herself
*Eisler, Riane: The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
*Equal Rights Amendment, http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/faq.htm text and frequently asked questions
*Faludi, Susan, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, written in 1991, about the spread of negativity towards career-minded women and feminist progress
*Fem 2.0 http://www.fem2pt0.com a vibrant online community concerned about all issues effecting women, families and civil society.
*FEMM Women's Rights and Gender Equality European Parliament standing committee http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/femm/home.html
*Foss, Karen A., Sonja K. Foss and Cindy L. Griffen, Feminist Rhetorical Theories
*Friedan, Betty, The Feminine Mystique, written in 1963, attacked the idea that women could only find fulfillment bearing children and homemaking
*Gimbutas, Marija, The Civilization of the Goddess. The World of Old Europe
*Howe, Julia Ward, Mother's Day Proclamation, www.peace.ca/mothersdayproclamation.htm
*If These Walls Could Talk - a 1996 film featuring three vignettes from three decades, depicting the prevelant views about abortion in each time period,
*Irigaray, Luce, The Sex Which is Not One, considering the question of female sexuality in a variety of psychoanalystic and philosophical discourses
*Iron Jawed Angels - a 2004 film about the 1900s American Women's Suffrage Movement
*Marks, Elaine and Isabelle de Courtivron, ed., New French Feminisms: An Anthology, written in 1981,includes writings by Simione de Beauvoir, Hélène Cixous, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray
*Mona Lisa Smile - a 2003 film set in 1953. A feminist teacher comes to an all girls college and finds that her efforts to encourage her students to pursue professions and freedom are hampered by the growing cultural push for women to find fulfillment in the home.
*Ms. Magazine www.msmagazine.com
*The National Organization of Women (NOW) www.now.org
*Redmond, Layne, When Drummers Were Women: A spiritual history of rhythm
*Steinem, Gloria. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
*Stone, Merlin, When God was a Woman, about the suppression of goddess-based religion
*The Women's Collective, Consciousness Raising, http://www.cwluherstory.com/CWLUArchive/crguidelines.html guidelines for women's groups from the early 1970's
*Walker, Alice: Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism
*Walker, Barbara G., The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
*Who Does She Think She Is is a documentary by Pamela Tanner Boll featuring five fierce women who refuse to choose. Website for the film and correlating events and resources http://www.whodoesshethinksheis.net
*Wollstonecraft, Mary, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, written in 1792, arguing that women are not naturally inferior to men
*The Women's Media Center www.womensmediacenter.com whose goal is to make women visible and powerful in the media through grassroots campaigns, email action alerts and news briefs, trainings, panels...
*Woodman, Marion. The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation
*Woolf, Virginia, A Room of One's Own, written in 1929, arguing that women must have a fixed income and a room of their own in order to have the freedom to create.
To find out more about JEAN SHINODA BOLEN, her activism, her books, and the organizations she supports, see:www.jeanshinodabolen.com
www.millionthcircle.org (this organization has NGO status at the United Nations)
www.peacexpeace.org (peace by peace)
www.5wwc.org (the organization focused on creating support for a United Nations sponsored 5th World Women's Conference)
For more information about GLORIA STEINEM, her activism, the organizations she supports, see:
www.feminist.org (The Feminist Majority Foundation, which now runs Ms. Magazine)
For more information about Marion Woodman,
For more information about CLYDE CONNELL,
see the article in Sculpture magazine:www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag98/connel/sm-connl.shtml
For more information about JUDY CHICAGO, see her website:
and her works available on Artsy.net
For more information about GABRIELLE ROTH, see her website:
For more information about ANAIS NIN, see: