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Gender & Women’s Studies

Open Books

  • Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies (Rebus)
    “This textbook introduces key feminist concepts and analytical frameworks used in the interdisciplinary Women, Gender, Sexualities field. It unpacks the social construction of knowledge and categories of difference, processes and structures of power and inequality, with a focus on gendered labor in the global economy, and the historical development of feminist social movements.”
  • Global Women’s Issues: Women in the World Today, extended version
    “This extended version of Global Women’s Issues: Women in the World Today includes, for each chapter, a summary, key words, multiple choice questions, discussion questions, essay questions, and a list of additional resources. Copies of the original book are also available in Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish.”
  • Intro to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies (UMASS)
    “This textbook introduces key feminist concepts and analytical frameworks used in the interdisciplinary Women, Gender, Sexualities field.”
  • Open Access Gender Studies Books (DOAB)
    Open access Gender Studies books of various topics, some more technical than others.
  • LGBTQ+ Studies: An Open Textbook
    “This textbook is designed to provide an introduction to and an overview of LGBTQ+ Studies for the introductory level college student and the curious public. […] Needless to say, this political struggle for the human rights of gender and sexual minorities continues today. Research and writing on LGBTQ issues remains vitally important. While various advances towards equality have been reached in the U.Sthere is federal recognition of marriage equality, for example, and enhanced visibility for transgender issues on many college campusesthere are simultaneously widespread areas of backlash and hostility towards LGBTQ+ people. Hate crimes have increased in the past two years, and state legislators continue to try to pass anti-LGBT laws and ordinances. Similarly, there are advances in terms of global LGBTQ rightsIndia and Jamaica, two former British colonies, have struck down colonial era laws against homosexual activity — even as activists around the world protest violations of LGBTQ human rights. This textbook is designed to speak directly to a broad range of audiences by engaging these critically important social issues.”
  • Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry (Portland State University)

Open Courses & Hubs

  • Equality Archive
    “Equality Archive is a reliable source for the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. It is a theater for history and social justice with the goal to provide a forum for curious people.” Original content is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA.
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies 101
    By Jimena Alvarado Chavarría of Portland Community College and her site Everyday Social Justice. She writes: “This course is an introduction to intersectionality and social justice. I’m starting from a beginner perspective assuming that folks are coming into these ideas for the first time.
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Courses (MIT CourseWare)
    A variety of open courses; link to archived courses also available at the bottom of the page.
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