WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women's Movement

WLP's Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement records the narratives of prominent and grassroots women’s rights activists and documents the experiences and eye-witness accounts of individuals who have worked across religions, cultures, and regions to advance the global women’s movement.

The project makes accessible to today’s change-makers and to generations to come an unprecedented record of the women’s human rights movement across four continents, and the personal and institutional relationships that have made it possible. The WLP Oral History Archive is housed at The British Library’s Sound Archive, London, United Kingdom, with parallel printed and digital collections maintained at WLP’s office in Bethesda, MD.

To date, WLP has completed 33 oral histories from women in Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, the United States of America, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe. 

For a list of interviewee names and affiliations, CLICK HERE.

These accounts create a portrait of the diverse contexts, life styles and aspirations of the interviewees that nevertheless have led to the development, pursuit, and achievement of common goals. The histories convey pivotal moments of gender consciousness, cultural practices, conflicts and struggles, and explain historical events from new perspectives. Interviewees’ reflections on early memories and influences provide additional texture and connect events within the broader context of human history.

Each oral history includes the following supporting documents:  

  • A brief individual biography;
  • An Interview Summary Sheet providing date, location, length, and sound specifications of the interview; 
  • A time-coded content summary highlighting main themes, organizations, and people discussed; 
  • A full transcript with footnotes and translation of non-English words; and
  • A signed release form.

WLP’s Oral History Archive was featured in the Spring 2014 edition of the Oral History Society Journal, and The British Library’s National Life Stories Review and Accounts 2014/2015.

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