Women-Related Higher Education Web Sites

Last updated: July 1, 2011
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Here are a few web sites that focus on women-related curricular and other issues in higher education. Sites focusing on a specific subject area (e.g., history, science) are usually listed in the appropriate topical sub-section rather than here.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
(Contains info about AAUW publications, US congressional voting record on key issues, and much more.)

ASU CareerWISE
(A site jointly sponsored by Arizona State University and the National Science Foundation to give women in STEM careers [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] resources and advice for dealing with issues such as facing a cold or isolating departmental climate, balancing career and personal demands, handling advisor issues, and/or staying motivated and productive despite delays and setbacks to research progress. One noteworthy resource: more than 180 video interviews with successful women in STEM who have completed their doctoral degrees and progressed into STEM careers. Each woman discusses and reflects upon her experiences during graduate school.)

Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work
(The November-December 2004 issue of Academe Online, published by the American Association of University Professors, focuses entirely on work/family issues. Articles include "Do Babies Matter (Part II)?" "Hitting the Maternal Wall," "Balancing Work and Family for Faculty: Why It's Important," "Developing and Implementing Work-Family Policies for Faculty," "Fear Factor: How Safe Is It to Make Time for Family?" "Family-Friendly Policies and the Research University," and "Working Part Time After Tenure.")

Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering
(A 2006 report from the National Academy of Sciences and affiliated academies. The report finds that women are being filtered out of high-level positions in science, engineering, and math in the United States for no good reason. The report is for sale on this web site, but one can also read it for free on the site.)

Bibliography on Gender and Technology in Education
(The Bibliography on Gender and Technology in Education has been created by gender equity specialist Jo Sanders. Focusing primarily on information technology, the bibliography is comprehensive as of 2005 and draws on international research as well as intervention literature. It contains nearly 700 entries and is extensively annotated, key-worded, and searchable. Sanders compiled the bibliography for her 2005 review article, "Gender and Technology: A Research Review." This version of the bibliography is in pdf format, which requires the use of a pdf reader such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Chilly Climate -- See Academic Climate, above.

Decolonizing the University: Women of Color in Arizona Higher Education
(The web site for this conference, scheduled for April 1 and 2, 2005, has been included primarily because it contains links to a number of interesting women of color web sites.)

Directory of On-Line Learning Modules
(Virginia Tech's Women's Studies program has prepared online supplements to their courses in such areas as women and science, lesbigay issues, gender and sports, global women, girls online, sexual violence and self defense, gender and the media, and a historical perspective on women and childbirth. The modules include discussion questions, a chatroom, and relevant links.)

Diversity in Science Association
(This site provides the results of and information about the diversity surveys conducted by Professor Donna J. Nelson of the University of Oklahoma. The surveys "determined demographics of tenured / tenure track faculty at pertinent departments of the 'top 50' universities, ranked by NSF (National Science Foundation) according to research expenditures in that discipline. These are the first published data, disaggregated by gender, by race, and by rank, on faculty at the top 50 research universities in each of 14 science and engineering disciplines."

Do Babies Matter? The Effect of Family Formation on the Lifelong Careers of Academic Men and Women
(The first of two related studies by Mary Ann Mason, Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, and Marc Goulden, a research analyst at Berkeley. The first study looks at the effect of having a family, especially having a baby within a few years of earning the Ph.D., on male and female academics' careers. The follow-up study looks at what happens to academics who secure a first assistant professor job before starting a family.)

Education Equality
(This section of the Feminist Majority website is devoted to information about Title IX, of the 1972 Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any United States education program. The site explains what is covered by Title IX, what some of the threats to Title IX are, how people can work to protect Title IX and the principles it stands for, and more.)

Education Index: Women's Studies
(A selective, annotated listing of useful Women's Studies resource sites. Part of a much larger collection of resources, arranged by field. Also, check out the opening graphic on the Women's Studies page!)

EQUITY ONLINE (WEEA Equity Resource Center)
(Resources and information about the Women's Educational Equity Act and the WEEA Resource Center. Includes info about Program grantees, educational equity resources, the EDEQUITY email list, links to related sites, and more.)

Feminist and Women's Studies Association
("The FWSA is a UK-based network promoting feminist research and teaching, and women’s studies nationally and internationally.")

FeministCampus.org
(Web site sponsored by the Feminist Majority to provide tools and resources students need to become involved in pro-choice activism on campus. Claims to be "the world's largest pro-choice campus network." Includes news, calendar of events, job/internship opportunities, activist information and resources, and more.)

Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources
(Information about the latest print, audiovisual, and Internet resources for research and teaching in Women's Studies.)

Feminist Law Professors
(A blog whose goal is to "build a stronger community of feminist law professors across geography, law schools, and scholarly subject areas." The blog highlights the publication of books and articles authored by feminist law professors or that they may find of interest, publicizes relevant calls for papers and conferences, and lists law professors [by law school] who self-identify as feminists and provides links to their professional or personal web pages. The blog should be of interest not just to law professors but to others interested in issues concerning women and law.)

The Feminist Press
(For more than 25 years, the Feminist Press has been a pioneer in restoring the lost multicultural history and literature of women throughout the world through the publication of important books by women and the development of educational resources. The web site provides a good guide to the Press's offerings and activities.)

Gender and Technology in Education: A Research Review
(This extensive 2005 article by Jo Sanders, an internationally recognized authority on gender equity, offers an extraordinarily clear, comprehensive, well-documented account of worldwide research in the area of gender and technology in education, both in and outside the classroom, from pre-school through the university. It includes coverage of efforts to remedy the imbalance between males' and females' involvement with technology.)

Gender Equity Resources
(Experienced author and gender equity project director Jo Sanders has put together an impressive set of online gender equity resources, including articles she has written, an interactive tutorial entitled Equity in the IT Classroom, and links to relevant web sites. The web links are arranged in six categories: General Education; Math, Science, and Technology; Gender Equity, General; Gender Equity in Math & Science; Gender Equity in Technology; and Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status.)

Interview with Ellen Spertus
(In July 2004, the blog misbehaving.net featured a very interesting interview with computer science professor Ellen Spertus, who talks about her education at MIT, her decision to teach at Mills College, a small liberal arts college for women, and her thoughts about ways to encourage more women to enter computer science through reentry programs. The interview contains numerous links to relevant sites.)

Legal Momentum
(The Legal Momentum site offers information and resources concerning legal and policy aspects of issues such as Child Care, Federalism, Immigrant Women, Violence Against Women, Welfare and Poverty, Women's Human Rights, Workplace Issues, and Gender Equity in Education, as well as information about the National Judicial Education Program. Legal Momentum was formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. it claims to be the nation's oldest women's legal rights organization.)

National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women (NCCTRW)
(Resources for creating a more inclusive curriculum in higher and secondary education. Includes publications, consultants, links, forums, and more.)

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)
(NWSA is the professional organization for Women's Studies in the United States.)

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund - see Legal Momentum, above.

Bernice Sandler's Web Site
(Celebrated for her pioneering work on such issues as women's educational equity, sexual harassment, the chilly classroom climate, and Title IX, Bernice Sandler has created a web site that provides a wealth of information and resources about these and related topics.)

Scholarly Societies Project - Women's Issues
(Compiled by the University of Waterloo Library to facilitate access to webpages maintained by or for scholarly societies around the world. The scholarly societies on this page are all concerned with women's issues.)

See Jane Compute
(This blog, by an anonymous woman who is an assitant professor in a computing field, deals with topics related to computer science and academe, such as teaching computer science, gender in computer science, life on the tenure track, mentoring, and research.)

SisterMentors
(SisterMentors is a project that helps women of color doctoral candidates to complete their dissertations and get their Ph.D.s. The women, in turn, mentor and support girls of color in middle and high schools. The women and girls are of different races and ethnicities, including Latina, African American, Asian American, and girls and women who are immigrants.)

Tenure Denied: Cases of Sex Discrimination in Academia
(Research shows that, on average, women in academia earn less, hold lower-ranking positions, and are less likely than their male colleagues to have tenure. The American Association of University Women [AAUW] issued this report in October 2004 detailing the stories of women who took their fight for tenure to the courts. Though there is a charge for the entire report, the web site provides a summary, recommendations for female academics and educational institutions, a press kit, information about additional AAUW resources on tenure issues, and more.)

30 Years of Title IX
(The Fall 2002 issue of On Campus with Women, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, contains articles by educators and activists about their involvement with and feelings about Title IX, the U.S. law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. The issue assesses the gains made by women in higher education since the passing of Title IX in 1972, as well as "the unfinished business of gender equity that still remains.")

Tips for a Massive Academic Job Search
(Computer science professor Ellen Spertus wrote this very useful document offering extensive advice about looking for an academic job, especially a search involving two people on the job market simultaneously. Her discussion focuses especially on jobs in technical fields, but many of her points apply to searches in any field. The discussion includes numerous links to related sites.)

Title IX
(This site explains what Title IX is and focuses on ten areas in which Title IX has made a difference.)

Women in Higher Education
(a monthly publication on issues facing women in academe)

Women: Lost in Cyberspace?
(Essay by Kenyon College professor Laurie Finke calling attention to the loss of human agency in most accounts of the benefits of information technology and urging more attention both to feminist pedagogy and to information technology's impact on women.)

Women's Centers at U.S. Universities
(A set of links compiled by the Women's Center at the University of Minnesota.)

Women's Studies: A Research Guide
(The New York Public Library's extensive, well-organized, partially annotated bibliography of books, periodicals, microform collections, and Internet resources in Women's Studies.)

WOWS: Worldwide Organization of Women's Studies
(WOWS is an international federation of women's studies associations. It was founded to promote and support feminist knowledge, critiques of knowledge, and practices and research that will improve the quality of women's lives.)


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Copyright 2011 by Joan Korenman.

Please send all additions and corrections to: Joan Korenman.   However, please do not ask me to suggest web sites or other resources, and do not ask me to link to sites that are not rich in academic women-related resources. I unfortunately do not have time to respond to such requests. Many thanks.