Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Women's Resources

This is a list of resources for those who identify as women.The categories are in place in order to facilitate ease of access, not to maintain hierarchical or horizontal separations (except alphabetical hierarchy). These resources are local, national, international, or on the internet. This list is by no means complete or exhaustive; many sites I am waiting for permission to add to the list.

If you are a part of or would like to add a website or resource to any of these lists, please contact rlblack(at)fortlewis.edu.

Bear in mind most of these links and sites have resource lists of their own that can offer much more information and resources.

 

 Note on Permissions and Copyrights: Every effort was made to obtain permission from websites and organizations to utilize both logos and text. All text is from its respective website and used with permission. Any wording in brackets [ ] is from gsrc site editor.  Please click here to access written permission. All materials used for the purpose of educating students about resources and to make the website more accessible.

Disclaimer: Fort Lewis College and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center do not necessarily endorse any of these organizations or websites and/or any content they may contain.

 

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The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) started the Campus Program to inform young feminists about the very real threats to abortion access, women’s rights, affirmative action, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights posed by right-wing extremists. FMF works with students on college campuses to effect change at the grassroots, national, and global levels. The Campus Program is built upon FMF’s philosophy that the most effective activism is informed activism, or study to action. Our program provides progressive students with opportunities to learn about timely feminist issues, develop their leadership and organizing skills, and connect with the larger pro-choice and feminist movements
We’re feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. How do we expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture? With facts, humor and outrageous visuals. We reveal the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, the and the downright unfair. WHAT'S NEXT? More creative complaining! More facts, humor and fake fur! More appearances, actions and artworks. We could be anyone; we are everywhere.

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Services: This program provides discounted medical, dental, and mental health services based on income and family size for people who have no insurance.  A growing list of health providers are participating in the CARES program, offering discounts on medical, dental, vision, and mental health services in La Plata County.
Phone Number: 970.385.4747   
Services: abortion; birth control; general health care; HIV testing; men’s health care; morning-after pill (emergency contraceptive, aka “Plan-B”); pregnancy testing and services; STD testing, treatment, and vaccinations; women’s health care.
Phone Number: 970.247.3002 
Address: 46 Suttle Street, Durango, CO 81301
INTERNET
"These days, the reason I keep making All About My Vagina is my helpful streak. I want to share whatever I know that can help people who have or know vaginas take good care of them, love them, and have fun with them. I get a shocking amount of email indicating that not everybody has access to such information. Even if everybody did, surely we could have more?"
Betty Dodson and Carlin Ross are two intergenerational, sex-positive feminists whose dialogue on sexuality and feminism entertains and educates while delving into the Politics of Women’s Sexuality. They cover orgasms, abortion and reproductive rights, birth control, body image, breasts, erotica, feminism, kink, menopause, menstruation and a host of other relevant topics.
The U.S. government’s ability to stem global health epidemics hinges on confronting the gender inequalities that threaten the health and rights of women and girls. CHANGE advocates for a foreign policy that is woman-centered, human-rights-based, integrated, and above all, proven to positively impact the basic human rights and wellbeing of women and girls worldwide. We focus our efforts in three areas: Public Policy, Research, and Outreach and Constituency Building. 
This is an adult website that is primarily focused on female masturbation. Both women and men are welcome to visit. Offers accurate information and a place for women to share stories, techniques, and experiences in a safe, women-run, sex-positive way. 
A candid, informative guide directed at teenagers that seeks to provide people with accurate, up-to-date information about sex and sexuality. Although directed toward teens, this site is useful for all kinds of people who want to exercise their right to sexual education.
Website: www.positive.org
Dedicated to women's reproductive freedom, health and equality, Feminist Women's Health Center/Cedar River Clinics is a social justice organization that combines direct services (abortion, birth control, reproductive healthcare), with advocacy and activism (to preserve and expand access) and community education (to demystify health information and empower women's health decisions.) We provide woman-centered health care in a safe environment that promotes empowerment, mutual trust, and compassion. We value the equality of all women, and do not discriminate in the provision of health care services based upon age, ethnicity, race, language, income, sexual orientation, disability, body size, nation of origin, citizenship, cultural heritage or religion. We believe reproductive and sexual freedom are fundamental human rights for all women worldwide.
Website: www.fwhc.org/
The latest menstruation articles, news, with the history of menstrual products & culture.
Website: www.mum.org  
The Native American Community Board (NACB) works to protect the health and human rights of Indigenous Peoples pertinent to our communities through cultural preservation, education, coalition building, community organizing, reproductive justice, environmental justice, and natural resource protection while working toward safe communities for women and children at the local, national, and international level. 
OBOS provides clear, truthful information about health, sexuality and reproduction from a feminist and consumer perspective. We vigorously advocate for women's health by challenging the institutions and systems that block women from full control over our bodies and devalue our lives. Our long-standing commitment to serve only in the public interest and our bridge-building capacity are our hallmarks. We remain one of the few women’s health groups in the U.S. that doesn’t accept funds from pharmaceutical companies and that tries to be scrupulous about conflict of interest. 
The mission of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project is to advance the ability of every woman of any age to achieve full reproductive freedom with access to the safest, most effective, appropriate and acceptable technologies for ensuring her own health and controlling her fertility.  To fulfill this mission, we seek to build consensus in support of an education, research and advocacy agenda for reproductive health and reproductive freedom.  We seek consensus through a process of dialogue among diverse communities about technological developments and their global implications.
Website: www.rhtp.org
WGNRR envisages a world where all people can fulfill their sexual and reproductive rights. We are a southern-based global network that builds and strengthens movements for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and justice. Our work is grounded in the realities of those who most lack economic, social and political power. Through critical analysis and strategic actions, we connect members and allies, build knowledge, organise campaigns and share resources.  WGNRR works to realise the full sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people, with a particular focus on the most marginalised. We believe that achieving this goal requires transformative social change.
Website: www.wgnrr.org/

 
Jezebel is gossip, culture, fashion, and sex for the contemporary chick. Jezebel starts up where the glossies leave off -- reconstructing the female media category for the modern age with a forward look at entertainment coverage, TV and film reviews, everyday sartorial advice, celebrity photos, social opinion, and a healthier take on female aspiration.
Website: http://jezebel.com 
Ms. Magazine is the near legendary magazine that emerged out of the feminist movement in the 1970s. Still going strong today, Ms. emphasizes in-depth reporting with feminist political analysis. The magazine remains an interactive enterprise in which an unusually diverse readership is simultaneously engaged with each other and the world. The modern Ms. boasts the most extensive coverage of international women's issues of any magazine available in the United States. And the magazine's time-honored traditions-an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis, the Ms. Women of the Year Awards, and the renowned "No Comment" section-have been supplemented with discussion of such subjects as environmental feminism, women's work styles, and the politics of emerging technologies, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to create the feminism of the future.
WAM! connects and supports media makers, activists, academics and funders working to advance women’s media participation, ownership and representation. Our work is part of an advocacy movement for gender justice in media. Since its founding in 2004, WAM! has been leading efforts to build an inclusive media movement. 
 WIMN works to increase women's presence in the public debate, emphasizing those who are least often heard, including women of color, low-income women, lesbians, youth and older women. WIMN analyzes representations of women in media; trains women's and social justice groups to hold media outlets accountable to the public interest; advocates for policy reform and structural change; and works with journalists to broaden the quantity and diversity of women's voices appearing in the media. WIMN promotes equity for women as subjects, sources and producers because accurate, diverse news and entertainment media are essential to a vibrant democracy and an informed public.

Mission and Vision: American Women Veterans Foundation believes that women have always been the catalyst for change within our homes, our communities and the world.  We envision a society in which the legacy of America’s servicewomen, veterans and their families is celebrated and carried on to future generations of powerful and inspiring women.  We strive to empower women from all branches of service with a continued sense of pride and service which enables them to reach their full potential and to contribute as they always have, in making America stronger. American Women Veterans is the nation’s preeminent, non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves, honors and empowers women veterans and their families from all eras and branches of service.
This non-profit organization seeks to honor, support and give voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been sexually assaulted while serving their country. And re-victimized by the military adjudication system – a system that often blames the victim and fails to prosecute the perpetrator.Protect Our Defenders helps ensure that survivors of rape and sexual assault in the military receive justice and appropriate medical support. And that perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes. We provide opportunities for survivors, victims and their families to collectively tell their stories (through our organization), and to share their experiences with Congress so that proper remedies can be built into law.
SWAN’s vision is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and the freedom to serve in uniform without threat of harassment, discrimination, intimidation or assault. SWAN also seeks to reform veterans’ services on a national scale to guarantee equal access to quality health care, benefits and resources for women veterans and their families. SWAN affects change for servicewomen and women veterans by educating and informing policy makers, the media and the public, engaging military leadership and veterans providers, developing healing and empowering community programs, offering personal support and guidance from fellow women veterans and providing pro bono legal referrals from military law experts.
Mission: To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. Today’s veterans face tremendous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to a lack of understanding by university faculty and peers. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree seems to be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.
The Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group (Women's Health) provides programmatic and strategic support to implement positive changes in the provision of care for all women Veterans. Women Veterans Health Care addresses the health care needs of women Veterans and works to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide. We strive to be a national leader in the provision of health care for women, thereby raising the standard of care for all women.

Our mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth. [This site is also the home of the "Girls Are Not For Sale" Campaign.]
The Prostitutes' Education Network is an information service about legislative and cultural issues as they effect prostitutes and other sex workers. The service is comprised of information for sex workers and activists/educators who study issues of decriminalization, human rights in the context of prostitution, violence against prostitutes and women, sex workers and pornography, as well as current trends in legislation and social policy in the U.S. and internationally.
The Sex Workers Project (SWP) provides legal services and legal training, and engages in documentation and policy advocacy, for sex workers. Using a harm reduction and human rights model, we protect the rights and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry.

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It is the mission of Alternative Horizons to provide support and alternatives to survivors of domestic violence and their families while striving to strengthen our community through education and prevention efforts. Alternative Horizons services are free, confidential and offered both in English and Spanish.
Services: 24 hour free, confidential and bi-lingual hot-line (970.247.9619); support groups for survivors and the children of survivors; prevention education and outreach to the community; court advocacy; “Bridges of Hope” legal project; GLBTQ resources.
24 Hour Hotline: 970.247.9619
Office: 970.247.4374
The Mission of Our Sister’s Keeper Coalition is to be dedicated to the actions that promote the safety and sovereignty of all families, and to honor the fundamental value of those who experience Family Violence by providing inclusive victim services, educational programs and community outreach, all of which help survivor’s achieve long term financial goals and self-sufficiency. Our Sister’s Keeper Coalition is dedicated to working with all victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. All services free and confidential.
 
Services: 24 Hour Hotline (970.247.7888); community outreach; volunteer services; legal advocacy; ESL (English as a second language) Community outreach; youth hotline advocacy (970-385-6789); Two-spirited Advocacy; domestic violence advocacy; self-help program; Natural Health and Healing Program; Holistic Healing.
24 Hour Hotline: 970-247-7888
Website: http://www.oskcprevention.org/
Office: 970-259-2519
 
SASO is dedicated to providing advocacy to victims of sexual assault and providing education and prevention programs aimed at increasing public awareness and safety, in an anti-oppression framework. SASO advocates and staff are here to listen to you, believe you and offer guidance and information to help you heal and transform. Speaking with an advocate can help you understand your feelings, and we can connect you to other resources that can help. All of our services are free and confidential, and many are available in Spanish as well.
Services: 24-hour hotline (970.247.5400); In-person advocacy; support groups; services for men; advocacy, volunteer, and responder training; education and prevention.
24 Hour Hotline: 970.247.5400
Office Phone: 970.259.3074
NATIONAL
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling. The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning,resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.
24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 
or TTY: 1-800-787-3224
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.  Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org . This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  These hotlines have helped over 1.3 million people since RAINN's founding in 1994.
24 Hour Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE
Website: www.rainn.org 
Disability Resources: Women with Disabilities
Being a woman in a still male-dominated society is a challenge. Being a woman with a disability can be doubly so. This website provides a list of sites that discuss some of the issues that are unique to women with disabilities.
Even though this site appears to last be updated in 2004, it provides some excellent links to still highly active organizations, information, and resources specifically for women. It also includes dozens of references to articles and literature on women with disabilities. Definitely check it out.
In April 2005, 128 women with disabilities from sixteen European countries gathered to create this manifesto and make their demands heard.
MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision and other disabilities. MIUSA's mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. Our vision is to ensure a just, accessible and inclusive community in which the human rights, citizenship, contribution and potential of people with disabilities are respected and celebrated.
The online version of Ragged Edge Magazine. It focuses on disability rights, culture, humor, and activism. A fantastic archive of articles on disability.
The mission of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is to develop fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research and artistic projects. Among our primary goals is to advance the fields of Women’s/Gender Studies and Judaic Studies by introducing both to each other, while supporting the work of individual scholars in these areas. In doing so, we broaden contemporary understandings of Jewish women’s lives, history, roles and experiences.
Jew-feminist-resources.com is a website that provides information regarding Jewish feminism and Jew feminists. Jewish feminism is an important movement, which aims for the improvement of social status of the women within Judaism, legal and religious. The Jewish feminism also aims for Jewish women to have new opportunities for religious experience and leadership.
 
Founded in 2001, the Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.  The Religious Institute has emerged as the national leadership organization working at the intersection of sexuality and religion.  Our staff provide clergy, congregations, and denominational bodies with technical assistance on addressing sexuality and reproductive health, and assist sexual and reproductive health (SRH) organizations on addressing religious issues and developing outreach to faith communities.  Our partners include the major SRH and LGBT advocacy organizations, as well as the leading mainstream and progressive religious institutions in the United States.
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. Our name challenges the myth of one, homogenous ‘Muslim world’. This deliberately created myth fails to reflect that: a) laws said to be Muslim vary from one context to another and, b) the laws that determine our lives are from diverse sources: religious, customary, colonial and secular. We are governed simultaneously by many different laws: laws recognized by the state (codified and uncodified) and informal laws such as customary practices which vary according to the cultural, social and political context.

Here, you will find the "demure lotus blossoms," the "geishas," the "oriental sluts" -- whatever you had imagined in your patriarchal, colonialist longings. These women will take you by storm (and will kick your ass). Yeah, you've seen mail order bride sites before, you may have even surfed over to an Asian porn site, but never in your wildest culturally commodifying sick sexual desires, have you been schooled by women (womyn) like this! ...This is a mock mail order bride website. Snarky, pissed-off and hilarious, "Big Bad Chinese Mama" destroys stereotypes of Asian women with wit, humor, and a little ass-kicking. 
Top Sista Sites is proud to announce the launch of In the Company of Sistas  (ITCOS) – the premiere shopping resource for women of color. In the Company of Sistas (ITCOS) is being launched in response to the noticeable void on the world wide web of one area for women of all hues to sample and express their view on products, services and knowledge-based websites they love (or hate).Too many times our talents and opinions are overshadowed by the other gender or other cultures and this forum displays that we are not one-dimensional and have a variety of interest and skills. Find those hidden gems that women of color provide. From hip chic boutiques , bath & body, hair products, informational websites/blogs to those hard to find greeting cards for people who look like us.
Making Face, Making Soul is a site by, for, and about Chicanas, meaning women of Mexican descent in the United States. This site contains a variety of resources ranging from short biographies of Chicanas, to Chicana poetry and literature, cultural resources, academic resources, and more... While this site is by, for, and about Chicanas, it is also for "everybody else", because we are part of so many different communities. This site deals with women's issues, family issues, racial and ethnic issues, women of color issues, working class issues, sexuality issues, and youth issues. This is a place where everybody can learn from Chicana experiences.

NOLOSE is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture. In the activist and empowerment work that we do, we envision a world: that is accessible to fat people and reflective of us; that is without fat discrimination, hatred or prejudice; where beauty, morality, health, humor and fashion are divorced from size and shape and all bodies are celebrated; where fighting fat phobia is seen as integrally linked to other social justice issues such as the women's movement, anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles of people of color at home and around the world, queer and transgender movements, class struggle, disability rights movements and more; where all people have a right to basic human rights as well as joy, sensuality and self-determination. 
The Body Positive's mission is to implement educational programs that transform individual and societal beliefs about weight, body image, and identity. The result is a growing national movement of healthy, confident individuals contributing to positive change in the world.