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Links for & about Women

American Association of University Women: A "national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls." Composed of a 150,000-member association that lobbies and advocates for education and equity; a foundation, which funds research on girls and education, community action projects, and fellowships and grants for women worldwide; and a legal advocacy fund.

Catalyst: Working to advance women in business and the professions, Catalyst provides advisory services to corporations, research on women in the workforce, a speakers' bureau, a corporate board placement service, and a national clearinghouse on women and work.

Center for the American Woman and Politics (CAWP): A unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, CAWP's mission is "to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women's relationship to politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life." See especially the Election 2002: Summary of Potential Women Candidates as well as newsletters and fact sheets.

EMILY's List: An acronym for "Early Money is Like Yeast" (it makes the dough rise), EMILY's List identifies viable Democratic women candidates for key federal and statewide offices. Since 1994, EMILY's List has worked to raise campaign contributions, provide technical assistance, and mobilize women voters. Its Republican counterpart, the WISH List, is described below.

Gifts of Speech: An on-going project from Sweet Briar College, Gifts of Speech contains a searchable and browsable collection of contemporary women's speeches from around the world. Other resources include a list of the top 100 speeches of the 20th century, full text interviews from Salon and other magazines, and links to organizations, research projects, news, and women's studies programs.

Glass Ceiling Commission: This site from the Catherwood Library, School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University includes documents, recommendations, fact-finding reports, news releases, and other archival publications from the Glass Ceiling Commission. The Commission was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. It completed its mandate in 1996 and no longer exists.

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Independent Women's Forum: "The Independent Women's Forum provides a voice for American women who believe in individual freedom and personal responsibility. . . . " in the U.S. Supreme Court, with decision makers in Washington, and across America's airwaves. Links to The Women's Quarterly, the newsletter ExFemina, and other reports and publications, such as the online Media Directory of Women Experts can be accessed here.

Institute for Women's Policy Research: "The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families." IWPR addresses poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women's civic and political participation.

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League of Women Voters: Encourages the "informed and active participation of citizens in government" and influences public policy through its education and advocacy programs. This website covers the activities of the national organization, and the League of Women Voters Education Fund.

National Council for Research on Women: Composed of a working alliance of women's research and policy centers, affiliates, and international centers, the council's missions include generating and facilitating collaborative research, communication, and cooperative exchange; expanding national and international networking opportunities; disseminating current information on research, policy and action initiatives; and promoting visibility for feminist research and analysis.

National Federation of Republican Women: This grassroots organization advocates "crucial issues to positively impact our nation, strengthen our Republican Party through recruiting and training candidates, and empower women of all ages and diversity in the political process." Program areas described on the site include education, information and politics; communication services; scholarships; and donor opportunities.

National First Ladies' Library: Based in Canton, Ohio, this facility contains archives devoted to educating everyone from children to serious scholars on the contributions of the First Ladies and other important women in history. In addition to its physical holdings, the library provides an electronic virtual collection available to people in the United States and abroad.

National Organization for Women (NOW): Devoted to furthering women's rights through education, NOW is the largest women's rights organization in the United States. It focuses on a vast array of issues including violence against women, affirmative action and abortion and reproduction rights.

National Partnership for Women and Families: Founded in 1971 as the Women's Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership promotes "fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family." This site describes the organization's various advocacy activities and contains links to numerous reports and publications on family, work, and health care.

National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC): The NWHIC provides a gateway to the "vast array of Federal and other women's health information resources." Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, other Federal agencies, and private sector resources, this searchable site provides information on numerous health topics along with other topics of interest to women.

National Women's Political Caucus: NWPC is a national, grassroots membership organization dedicated to "increasing the number of pro-choice women in elected and appointed office regardless of party affiliation." In addition to increasing women's participation in politics, the organization also identifies, recruits, trains, and supports women in public office; recognizes superior media coverage of women's issues; and advocates passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Connecticut Foundation for Environmentally Safe Schools

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US Women Connect: This network of women's organizations and NGOs developed after the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Its mission is to connect American women and girls "working for rights and empowerment, and to link them with other activists and advocates around the globe." Therefore, the site contains extensive resources on developments in the global women's movement as well as advocacy in the United States.

The WISH List: WISH, which stands for "Women In the Senate and House," is a nationwide political network created to raise funds for Republican pro-choice women candidates. Since 1992, WISH has contributed more than $2 million to women running for federal and state offices. The Democratic counterpart to the WISH List is EMILY's List described above.

Women Leaders Online/Women Organizing for Change: The objectives of this women's advocacy group include empowering women in politics, society, the economy, the media, and cyberspace; building a network; publishing regular action alerts on crucial issues; organizing non-partisan grassroots lobbying and voter education; and encouraging pro-women candidates.

The Women's Campaign School at Yale University: Designed for "women who wish to enter politics or move further up the political ladder," this special program cosponsored by Yale Law School and Yale Women and Gender Studies helps women gain the access and necessary campaign skills through short-term, intensive sessions.

Women's International Center (WIC): Founded in 1982, the Women's International Center has been dedicated to "Acknowledging, Honoring, Encouraging and Educating Women". To this end, WIC has honored over one hundred of the world's exceptional women with the "Living Legacy Award." Site includes an essay on the history of women in the United States as well as biographical sketches, photographs, and links.

Women's Policy, Inc. (WPI): WPI was established in 1995 after the House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for all caucuses, including the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. WPI's mission is to provide nonpartisan information services to "congressional offices, policy advocates, the media, the business community, and educational institutions" on a broad range of issues affecting women and families. The Source newsletter, the Congressional Schedule, Weekly Highlights, press releases, and information about the Women's Caucus, and special events can be accessed here.

Women's Research & Education Institute: Major sections of this site address issues related to women in the military, women's health, and women veterans. Links to an extensive list of women's organizations and WREI's useful publications are also provided.

WWWomen.com: This searchable directory contains links to an extensive list of sites addressing subjects relevant to women, such as civil liberties, child rearing, business, diversity, education, health, and advocacy.

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