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HIST 283: Women and Gender in North America

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Subject Headings

They are many relevant subject headings. Some suggestions:
Feminist theory
Gender History
Second wave feminism
Transgender people
women's rights
World war 1914-1918
World war 1939-1945

Quite often these headings are further qualified by topical, geographic, or chronological subheadings.

Second wave feminism United States
Sex role History
Women History 20th century
Women United States History 20th century
Women's rights United States History 20th century
World war, 1914-1918 Women
World war 1939-1945 Women

Another approach to find subject headings is to look up a title that you have determined is relevant to your research, e.g. Reading Canadian Women's and Gender History
The subject headings assigned to this title are:
Women Canada History
Feminism Canada History
Women Canada Social conditions

The featured title is part of the series, Studies in Gender and History, which explores the centrality of gender, race, and class to a wide range of historical events, including the Canadian suffrage movement, the Great Depression, the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II, the rise of twentieth-century consumer culture, and much more.

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Blackwell Companions

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A Companion to Gender History

A Companion to Gender Studies