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Women and the Law

Library Research Guide
Compiled by
Karen E. Reilly
Reference Librarian
California Western School of Law
Updated September, 2006

SCOPE: This research guide is not all-inclusive. It does, however, present resources available at the California Western library and online regarding legal issues associated with women and the law. It is designed to provide the researcher with guidance as to the location of materials dealing with this subject. Additional research can be conducted by using the KIM catalog system, legal periodical indexes, and other finding aids. Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet is limited to students and faculty at California Western. We welcome suggestions for improvements to this and other research guides. Please consult the Reference Librarian with suggestions and further research questions. This research guide was originally compiled in May, 2002.

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Getting Started

This research guide presents just a sample of the CWSL Library’s collection of materials on women and the law. For further research, you may want to search the KIM system (the library’s catalog) using the following key word phrases:

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The following journals are available in the library, and all except Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal are available and searchable in full-text format on Westlaw and LEXIS/NEXIS. LegalTrac, Hein Online or the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (available on library computers) may be used to search for articles in these and other law journals. Many other journals and periodicals on gender and the law are also available in the library.

Internet Resources

Note: Internet site addresses change frequently. Accordingly, some of these sites may no longer exist at the addresses provided. To locate a site, search for the page title using an Internet search engine such as Google (

  • Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
    This page includes surveys of laws and United Nations treaties affecting women’s reproductive rights in the United States and overseas.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    This site provides links to federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex or pregnancy, instructions for how to file a charge, and guidance for small businesses in complying with the law.

  • Hieros Gamos
    This web page includes links to the texts of conventions and treaties, and well as reports from United Nations commissions and international organizations regarding women’s rights, and articles addressing the status of women in various countries.

  • Lambda Legal Defense Fund
    This page features links to recent briefs and decisions regarding gay and lesbian rights, a state-by-state guide to state and local laws affecting those rights, and cases from each state.

  • Office of National Drug Control Policy
    This site includes links to information about women and drug use, including drug arrests, sentencing and correctional statistics.

  • United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
    This web page includes links to OVW special initiatives such as the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative, Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Safety for Indian Women Demonstration Initiative, OVW’s Measuring Effectiveness Initiative, domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines, state coalitions, and other Federal agencies with violence against women programs.

  • United States Department of Labor
    This page features links to laws and regulations, statistics, historical information and news releases dealing with many topics, including women in the workplace.

  • Women’s Human Rights Resources
    This site provides links to books and articles regarding international women’s human rights issues, and well as United Nations documents and conventions and related web sites.

Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw

These resources are available in the library only to CWSL students and faculty. Both services contain a large variety of primary (e.g., cases, statutes, regulations, etc.) and secondary (e.g., journal articles, practice guides, etc.) materials.

Westlaw offers the following more specialized publications or databases related to women and the law, among others:

  • Andrews Employment Litigation Reporter

  • Andrews Sexual Harassment Litigation Reporter

  • Employment Discrimination Law Update

  • Journal of Family Violence

  • Journal of Gender, Race & Justice

  • Journal of International Women’s Studies

  • Sex-Based Employment Discrimination

  • Sexual Harassment: Federal Law

  • Violence Against Women

  • Women’s Studies International Forum

Finally, Westlaw offers a database of federal cases involving employment law entitled Federal Labor & Employment Cases (FLB-CS).

Lexis offers the following specialized databases:

  • Mealey’s Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

  • Larson on Employment Discrimination

  • Employment Law : Mealey’s Litigation Report

If you have questions about these services or how to search for particular materials, please see a Reference Librarian.