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Women's Studies: Research



The Free Black Women's Library is coming to Brooklyn College, February 21 through March 20!

Visit the Library exhibit both in the Library and participate in a book swap.

Special Event featuring TFBWL Installation:

Libraries Filling Voids, Libraries Making Connections, and Libraries Fostering Collaborations:

Perspectives From Three Innovators Invigorating American Culture

Monday, March 20, 2023 9:30-10:30am

The Brooklyn College Library

The Woody Tanger Auditorium

Library spaces and the books they offer have not always been reflective of the communities they serve. In response, libraries have begun to offer the perspectives of marginalized voices in the BIPOC and LGBTQA+ communities. This evolution has led to push back from conservatives who are legislating to silence these emerging voices. Many in the library community are resisting and insisting on serving their users and meeting their needs. Three panelists will discuss their innovative work that is changing the nature of libraries and their relation to the wider community. Our speakers include:

Ola Ronke Akinmowo – Artist, scholar and founder of The Free Black Women’s Library, a Bedford-Stuyvesant library and community space.

Rakisha Kearns-White – Brooklyn Public Library senior young adult services librarian responsible for sex education programming and menstrual literacy education.

Summer Boismier – In charge of teen initiatives at Brooklyn Public Library, formerly a high school English teacher in Oklahoma who gained national attention for promoting the BPL “Books Unbanned” for her students and for having her teaching license threatened to be revoked as a result.

Book Swap to follow!

Bring a book by a Black woman or non-binary author and exchange it for a book in The Free Black Women’s Library Installation in the Library exhibit space!

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Starting Points for Research in Women's Studies

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Databases for Women's Studies

Statistics for Women's Studies

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Trustworthy and current statistics on women from the World Bank, the United Nations and other sources.

Gender Equality Data and Statistics

Gender Statistics

The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics

Womanstats Project



Contact for Women's Studies

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Beth Evans
Brooklyn College Library
Room 148
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

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Video Resources for Women's Studies

Alexander Street Press
A resource for film covering history, ethnography, and music.  Also includes the PBS video collection.



Books Recently Added to the Collection

Additional Resources

Primary Resources for Women's Studies

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