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Q&A: Number of Women employed by industry

Question: I'd like to find statistics on number of women employed by particular industry in European countries.

Answer: The International Labor Organization (ILO) collects employment data by industry. You can access via UN data or directly from Labour Statistics Yearbook Database (LABORSTA). If you go to UN data, you will see employment in the database coverage block. From there, go to International Labor Organization (ILO) data. Under ILO, you will see LABORSTA where you'll find Employment by sex and industry branch for each country. You should be able to choose by country, industry sectors, gender, etc.

Q&A: Female image in America during World War II

Question: I am writing a paper on the female image in America during World War II in regards to propaganda and how women were thought of and I was wondering which databases would be good for me to use.

Answer: Good databases would include America History and Life, Women's Resource International and Women and social movements in the United States 1600-2000 etc.

The Hoover Library has a collection of War Posters - if you want to see them as primary sources, I recommend that you visit the library. You will find the Hoover collection via our catalog. In addition, there are websites that have digitized posters which might be helpful as well. For instance, Recruiting Posters for Women from World War II, Women Veterans Historical Project, etc,

I've pasted below the records for two books on the subject. Notice the Subjects in the Detailed record. You can use them to search in America History and Life, Women's Resource International and Women and social movements in the United States 1600-2000. : Try keywords like: World War and Women and propaganda. You can also try Academic Search Premier and JSTOR for a broader perspective.

Author: Honey, Maureen, 1945-
Title: Creating Rosie the Riveter : class, gender, and
propaganda during World War II / Maureen Honey.
Imprint: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1984.
Physical Description: x, 251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Note: Includes index.
Notes: Bibliography: p. [241]-248.
Subject (LC): Women--United States--History--20th century.
Subject (LC): Women in mass media--United States--History--20th
Subject (LC): Women--Employment--United States--History--20th
Subject (LC): World War, 1939-1945--Women--United States.
Subject (LC): Women--United States--Social conditions.
Subject (LC): Women in advertising--United States--History--20th
Subject (LC): Women in literature.
Subject (LC): World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.


Author: Rupp, Leila J., 1950-
Title: Mobilizing women for war : German and American
propaganda, 1939-1945 / Leila J. Rupp.
Imprint: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1978.
Physical Description: xii, 243 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Note: Includes index.
Notes: Bibliography: p. 189-237.
Subject (LC): World War, 1939-1945--Women.
Subject (LC): World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.
Subject (LC): Women--United States--Social conditions.
Subject (LC): Women--Germany--Social conditions.
Subject (LC): Propaganda, German.
Subject (LC): Propaganda, American.

Q&A: Widows and India

Question: I'm looking for literatures on widows in Varanasi, India. In particular, I'm interested in their social and economic conditions.

Answer: You might not find many books/articles on the particular region but you should be able to find literature on women's social and economic conditions and gender inequality in India. If you search in Socrates using keywords widow and india and you will find a few titles and lead you subjects below:

I'd also recommend that you check Worldcat to see if other libraries have books that are relevant for your topic. If you find titles that Stanford does not own, you can request them via our interlibrary loan service.

For article databases, below is a list of databases you might want to start with:

In addition, another resource you want to check is activist organizations that work on this issue. Below are a couple of organizations that you might want to check with and contact them for more information.

Q&A: Domestic workers and their working conditions

Question: I am looking for literature on domestic workers in U.S and their working conditions.

Answer: I recommend that you search Socrates, our online catalog, with keyword search 'immigrant workers' and women. One of the books that you will see in the search results is Dom├ęstica: immigrant workers cleaning and caring in the shadows of affluence by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo. In the record you will also see subject headings such as 'women domestics,' 'Women alien labor,''Domestics United states' etc. You can expand your search with those subject headings and find more items that are relevant to your topic such as Seven days a week: women and domestic service in industrializing America by David Katzman.

Also, you can find newspaper and journal articles by using the following databases:

  • Ethnic News Watch (only available to Stanford users) has newspapers and periodicals published by the ethnic, minority and native press in the U.S. Coverage is from 1960 to date.
  • Contemporary Women's issues (only available to Stanford users) has articles from numerous periodicals about various women's issues.
  • Policyfile (only available to Stanford Users) Provides abstracts and full-text articles on public policy research and analysis from think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers.
  • Lexis Nexis (only available to Stanford users) Provides access to current U.S. and International news, federal documents, law journals etc.
  • Sociological Abstracts (only available to Stanford users) includes research literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

In addition, I'd also suggest that you check various human rights organizations and immigrant rights advocacy groups; These organizations often produce working papers and collect information on this topic.

Lastly, Please check out our web resources on human rights, labor, immigration etc.

Please contact us if you need more help!

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