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The purpose of this subject guide is to help faculty across the disciplines who are engaged in curricular development that strives for greater inclusivity and gender balance. The resources here are also useful for students doing research in any course that includes women's and gender studies. In an inclusive, gender-balanced classroom, it's vital that the process and the content be seen as inextricable. See the Section Feminist Pedagogy, below, for discussions of specific classroom activities that extend the content of women’s and gender studies into empowering teaching practices and assignments.


Below are two especially relevant databases accessible through the Hostos Library website. These databases offer articles for most academic disciplines, from journals, magazines, newspapers and specialized encyclopedias on women’s, gender and masculinity studies, sexualities, race and class.


With archival material dating back to 1970, GenderWatch offers an interdisciplinary approach to its authoritative historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles as they affect both men and women. Combining more than 200 academic and popular literature titles, this database provides researchers with more than 100,000 articles on wide-ranging topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, day care, and the workplace…. From scholarly analysis to popular opinion, GenderWatch encompasses three decades of gender studies. Relevent subject coverage includes: Women's studies; Men's studies; Evolution of the women's movement; Transgendered community;(Changes in) gender roles; Femininity; Gender differences; Gender equity, Gender identity; Masculinity.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints database provides media-rich resources including pro/con essays, topic overviews, interviews, academic journal, magazine and newspaper articles, videos, graphs, images, podcasts and more, covering hundreds of current social topics. It is a helpful starting point for students preparing research papers, speeches, or visual presentations. Relevant topics include: Affirmative Action; Civil Rights; Education (education and gender, education and gender roles); Feminism (women’s movement, sexism, standards of beauty); Gays/Homosexuality; Same Sex Marriage; Hate Crimes; Interracial Marriage (and relationships); Muslim Women; Women’s Rights; Working Women.


All of these reference works are available as E-books which you can read on any computer. They are collected in Gale Virtual Reference Librarydatabase. Each of the titles offers Tables of Contents and/or List of Entries so that you can go right to the chapter or section you wish to read.

  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues. Ed. Michael Shally-Jensen. Vol. 1: Business and Economy. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
  • Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. Ed. Jodi O'Brien. Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc., 2009.
  • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America. Marc Stein, ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004.
  • Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Richard T. Schaefer, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc., 2008.
  • Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Fedwa Malti-Douglas, ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.
  • Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World’s Cultures. Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember, eds. New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.
  • Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century. Vivki L. Eaklor. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.
  • Shapers of the Great Debate on Women's Rights: A Biographical Dictionary. Joyce Duncan. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.
  • Women, Science, and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present. Sue V. Rosser, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008.



Check this section periodically to see new additions.

This article, forwarded by Prof. Nelson Nuñez-Rodriguez, is relevant to the sciences and psychology and more: Does Gender Matter? by Ben Barres From the article summary: "The suggestion that women are not advancing in science because of innate inability is being taken seriously by some high-profile academics. Ben A. Barres [a transgendered man] explains what is wrong with the hypothesis."

This is the link to Diversity Web that Prof. Farrell suggested.

Below are citations for eight articles from the journal Transformations that Prof. Fisher has identified as particularly useful. They are all available through the GenderWatchdatabase. Open the database and, within quotation marks, type in the title of the article you want to read. You can also add "and Transformations" after the title to be absolutely sure you'll get the article.

"Writing as Mentoring and Empowerment." Flint, Charley B; Manas, Rita; Serra, Neddie. Transformations 12.1 (Mar 31, 2001):71.

"Social Reconstruction through Video Art: A Case Study." Barakett, Joyce; Sacca, Elizabeth J; Freedman, Judy. Transformations 12.1 (Mar 31, 2001):93.

"Race, Gender and Science." Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Transformations' 2.2 (Sep 30, 1991):4.

"Teaching Differences: Lesbian/Gay Studies." Cavin, Susan. Transformations 2.2 (Sep 30, 1991):13.

"College Composition With a Focus on Gender." Sills, Caryl. Transformations' 2.2 (Sep 30, 1991):30.

"Girls and Design: Exploring the Question of Technological Imagination." Honey, Margaret; Moeller, Babette; Brunner, Cornelia; Bennett, Dorothy; Clements, Peggy; et al. Transformations 2.2 (Sep 30, 1991):77.

"Confronting Exclusionary Ideologies in the Classroom: Transforming Toward Inclusion and Diversity." Hoefel, Roseanne. Transformations 2.2 (Sep 30, 1991):36.

"Lesbian Studies in an Inclusive Curriculum." Zimmerman, Bonnie. Transformations 11.2 (Sep 30, 2000):7.

The two articles below are requested reading for the Oct. 28th Workshop, as an alternative to the same articles available through Hostos Library's E-Reserves.

Curriculum Transformation by Hedges

Writing Everybody In by Goldenberg and Stout

Instructions for Accessing the Chapters and Articles Placed on E-Reserve.
This is the link to access the E-Reserves Search page: E-Reserves Page 1. Open the window that says "Courses" and change it to Instructor. Type in Fisher or Laskin. 2. The course page information is displayed. Click on the link at the left that reads WSTWGS. 3. A copyright statement will appear as well as a request for the course password. Type "fisher" (lower case) You will now be able to open and of the five items and print them out if you wish.

The first three titles listed below were especially recommended by Susan Farrell, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Berger, Michele Tracy and Cheryl Radeloff. Transforming Scholarship: Why Women’s and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World. NY: Routledge, 2011. On Reserve at Hostos Library. Ask for it under "Fisher". If you need the Call No., it is: HQ1181.U5 B47 2011.

Friedman, Ellen G., Wendy K. Kolmar, Charley B. Flint, and Paula Rothenberg, eds. Creating an Inclusive College Curriculum: A Teaching Sourcebook from the New Jersey Project. Teachers College Press,1996. On Reserve at Hostos Library. Ask for it under "Fisher." If you need the Call No., it is LB2361.6.N5 C74 1996.

Fiol-Matta, Liza and Mariam K. Chamberlain, eds. Women of Color and the Multicultural Curriculum: Transforming the College Classroom. New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY, 1994. On Reserve at Hostos Library. Ask for it under "Fisher". If you need the Call No. it is: LB2361.5.W65 1994

Dilg, Mary. Our Worlds in Our Words : Exploring Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Multicultural Classrooms. New York: Teachers College Press, c2010. Hostos Library: LC1099.3 .D545 2010

Davis, Kathy, Mary Evans, and Judith Lorber, eds.. Handbook of Gender and Women’s Studies. London : Sage, 2006. Call no. HQ1236 .H362 2006 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service).

Musil, Caryn McTighe. Gender, Science, & the Undergraduate Curriculum: Building Two-Way Streets. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2001. Hostos Library: Q183.3.A1 G43 2001. Also available full-text in ERIC(via EbscoHost) database.


The resources in this section may be useful for integrating Women's and Gender Studies in a variety of academic courses and disciplines. They are listed alphabetically by author. At the end of each citation are bolded parentheses with the names of courses or disciplines most immediately appropriate for integrating that subject matter or the topic in that course. Should you seek sample syllabi or perspectives on specific courses you teach,look to the collections about curriculum transformation, such as Women of Color and the Multicultural Curriculum and Creating an Inclusive College Curriculum.

Copp, Martha, and Sherryl Kleinman. Practicing What We Teach: Feminist Strategies for Teaching about Sexism. Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching 18.2 (2008): 101-124. Available in Education Research Complete and Education Full Text (Wilson) (All disciplines)

Reeves, Martha E. Women in Business: Theory, Case Studies, and Legal Challenges. New York: Routledge, 2010. Call No. HD6053 .R39 2010. (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service.) (Business, Sociology, Legal Studies)

Terkel, Studs. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. New York: New Press, 1974; 1997 ed. Hostos Library: HD 8072 .T4 (All Disciplines)

Collier, Richard. Men, Law and Gender: Essays on the ‘Man’ of Law. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2010. Call No. K380.C65 2010. (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service.) (Legal Studies, Sociology, Gender Studies)

Leiter, Andrew B. In the Shadow of the Black Beast: African American Masculinity in the Harlem and Southern Renaissances. This is an E-book, available from Hostos Library’s Ebrary database. (Literature, Black Studies, Masculinity Studies, Sociology, History, Political Science)

Deeb-Sossa, Natalia, and Heather Kane. "It's the Word of God": Students' Resistance to Questioning and Overcoming Heterosexism." Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching 17.2 (2007): 151-169. Available in: Education Research Complete and Education Full Text(Wilson)

Kimmel, Michael. Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. New York:Harper,2008. Call No. HQ799.6.K56 2008. (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service.) (Sociology, Education, Psychology, Gender and Masculinity Studies, English)

Tarrant, Shira, ed. Men Speak Out : Views on Gender, Sex and Power. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2008. Call No. HQ1075.M46 2008. (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service.) (Sociology, Education, Psychology, Gender and Masculinity Studies, English)

Freedman, Estelle B. Feminism, Sexuality, and Politics: Essays. Chapel Hill: Univ.of N. Carolina Press, 2006. This is an E-book, available from Hostos Library's Ebrary database. (Women’s & Gender Studies, Sociology, Political Science, History, English, Business)


DVDs Available from Hostos Library

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women [DVD]. Hostos A-V Room. Call No. HF5822.K55 2010

Dreamworlds 3 : Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video [DVD]. Hostos A-V Room. Call No. PN1992.8.M87.D744 2007.

More films available at Hostos Library Women's & Gender Studies DVDs & Videos

Annotated Webliographies and Filmography

Albin, Tami and Jennifer Church-Duran. “Queering the Web: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (GLBTQ) Resources.” C&RL News (College & Research Libraries News). September 2008 69:466-469. Available at:C&RL News

Hybki Kerr, Sharon and George D. Oberle III. Women’s Resources: Sites of Interest. C&RL News (College & Research Libraries News May 2005; 66 (5):366-370. Available at: C&RL News

Tang, Jennifer. "The Forgotten Women of Pre-Code: An Annotated Filmography and Bibliography." Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching 20.3 (2010): 237-248. Full-Text available in ERIC (via EbscoHost)database.


Go to GenderWatch database from the Hostos Library website to locate the following articles.

Asencio, Marysol and Juan Battle. "Introduction to Special Issue: Black and Latina/o Sexualities" Sexuality Research & Social Policy 7.2 (Jun 2010): 67-69.

Beauboeuf-Lafontant, Tamara. "Keeping Up Appearances, Getting Fed Up: The Embodiment of Strength Among African American Women." Meridians 5.2 (2005): 104,104-123.

Bedolla Garcia, Lisa, Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti, and Adrian D. Pantoja. A Second Look: Is There a Latina/o Gender Gap? Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 28. 3/4 (2007): 147-171.

Brewer, Rose M. Race, Class and Gender: The New Scholarship of Black Feminist Intellectuals and Black Women's Labor." Race, Gender & Class 6.2 (1999): 29, 29-47.

Cofresi, Norma I. Gender Roles in Transition among Professional Puerto Rican Women. Frontiers 20.1 (1999):161-178.

Comas-Diaz, Lillian. "Feminist Therapy with Hispanic/Latina Women: Myth or Reality?" Women & Therapy 6.4 (Dec 31, 1987): 39.

Ellis, Heather. "Boys, Boyhood and the Construction of Masculinity: Guest Editor's Introduction." Thymos 2.2 (2008): 119,119-124.

Erdmans, Mary Patrice. "Looking for Angel: White Working-Class Women Lost Between Identities." Race, Gender & Class 11.4 (2004): 48-.

Fuller, Abigail A. "What Difference Does Difference Make? Women, Race-Ethnicity, Social Class, and Social Change." Race, Gender & Class 11.4 (2004): 8-.

Hattery, Angela J. "Sexual Abuse in Childhood, Intimate Partner Violence in Adulthood – Struggles for African American and White Women." Race, Gender & Class 16.1/2 (2009): 194,194-217.

Mitra, Aparna. "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: African-American Women in Management Positions." Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal 22.2 (2003): 67, 67-79.

Robertson, Euan. "Constructed Masculinity: How Much do Media Representations Dictate Male Identity?" Annual American Men's Studies Association Conference Proceedings: 88-99,270. Harriman: Men's Studies Press. 2011.

Owens Patton, Tracey. "Hey Girl, Am I More than My Hair? African American Women and their Struggles with Beauty, Body Image, and Hair." Feminist Formations 18.2 (2006): 24, 24-51.

Wingfield, Adia Harvey. "The Modern Mammy and the Angry Black Man: African American Professionals’ Experiences with Gendered Racism in the Workplace." Race, Gender & Class 14.1/2 (2007): 196,196-212.

Winkler, Barbara Scott. "Raising C-R: Another Look at Consciousness-Raising in the Women's Studies Classroom." Transformations 8.2 (1997): 66-.


There is no monolithic definition or practice of feminist pedagogies. However, faculty who describe their classrooms as feminist generally hold to theories about creating a liberatory learning environment by implementing some, if not all, of these several principles: (1) employing democratic processes of group learning that empower diverse students; (2) creating the classroom as a space wherein power relations are recognized and deconstructed as gendered, questioning assumptions about power; (3) encouraging students to examine their lives in the context of larger social institutions and theories read in class, emphasizing the value of experience as a learning tool; (4) providing learning modes and space wherein students help each other work toward common goals, encouraging students to take intellectual and personal risk that can result from such engagement; (4) consciously teaching students the communication skills they need to foster inclusive dialogue. The sources below go into detail about how to accomplish the visions that have been the soil from which feminist pedagogies continue to grow. - Professor Jerilyn Fisher, Hostos Community College (English and Women's & Gender Studies)

Aerni, April Laskey and KimMarie McGoldrick, eds. Valuing Us All: Feminist Pedagogy and Economics. Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1999. Call No. HQ 1381.V35 1999 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

Armstrong, Ann Elizabeth and Kathleen Juhl. Radical Acts: Theater and Feminist Pedagogies of Change. San Francisco : Aunt Lute Books, 2007. Call No. PN1590.W64 R33 2007 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

Bernal, Dolores Delgado, et. al., eds. Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology. Albany, NY: SUNY Albany Press,2006. Call No. LC2670.C47 2006 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

Cohee, Gail. The Feminist Teacher Anthology: Pedagogies and Classroom Strategy. NY: Teachers College Press, 1998. Call No. LC197.F478 1998 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

Gore, Jennifer. The Struggle For Pedagogies: Critical and Feminist Discourses as Regimes of Truth. NY: Routledge, 1993. Call No. LC196.G67 1993 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

Harding, Sandra. The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies. NY: Routledge, 2004. Call No. HQ1190.F46313 2004 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

MacDonald, Amie A. and Susan Sanchez-Casal. Twenty-First-Century Feminist Classrooms: Pedagogies of Identity and Difference. NY: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002. Hostos Library: LC197.T94 2002.

Maher, Frances A. and Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault. The Feminist Classroom: Dynamics of Gender, Race, and Privilege. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001. LC197.M35 2001 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

Mayberry, Maralee, Banu Subramaniam and Lisa H. Weasel. Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation. NY: Routledge, 2001. Call No. Q175.5 .F467 2001 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS)

Zerbe Enns, Carolyn. Teaching and Social Justice: Integrating Multicultural and Feminist Theories in the Classroom. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2004. LC192.2 .T43 2005 (Available to borrow through CUNY Libraries' CLICS service)

   The following articles are published in Women’s Study Quarterly, vol.15,issue 3/4
   1987). This special issue features the work of participants in a Symposium on Feminist
   Pedagogy. The articles are available in Hostos Library's JSTOR

Dunn, Kathleen. “Feminist Teaching: Who Are Your Students?” Women's Studies Quarterly 15. 3/4 (1987): 40-46.

Fisher, Jerilyn. "Returning Women in the Feminist Classroom." Women's Studies Quarterly 15 (1987): 90-5.

Omolade, Barbara. "A Black Feminist Pedagogy." Women's Studies Quarterly 15 (1987): 32-9.

Nancy Schniedewind. "Teaching Feminist Process.' Women's Studies Quarterly 15 (1987): 15-31.

Shrewsbury, Carolyn M. "What is Feminist Pedagogy?" Women's Studies Quarterly 15 (1987): 6-14.

Shrewsbury, Carolyn M. "Feminist Pedagogy: A Bibliography." Women's Studies Quarterly 15 (1987): 116-24

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Prof. Miriam Laskin
Hostos Library, (718)518-4207
Prof. Jerilyn Fisher
English Dept.(718) 518-6780

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