About Women’s Knowledge Digital Library (WKDL)

The goal of the Women’s Knowledge Digital Library initiative is to support the spread of knowledge by and about women by providing a convenient digital portal of information freely available on the internet about women, feminism, gender, and LGBT+, with a focus on justice, equality, and empowerment for women around the world. Curated by a librarian, users can be assured of the value and reliability of the resources. Included resources are primarily English-language. This site is hosted by the GWS Librarian and any feedback or suggestions of information to include should be directed to Dr. Karla Strand at karla.strand@wisc.edu.


WKDL was created in 2014 from a partnership between the University of Wisconsin System Office of the Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian and Women’s Knowledge International (WKI).

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WKI’s mission is to support “the recognition and the global spread of women’s ways of knowing and the critical thinking on gender through educational initiatives, so that the impact of this knowledge multiplies, and is incorporated productively and fully into cultures of peace.”

In 2016, the partnership expanded to include 4W: Women, Wellbeing, Wisconsin and the World and the University of Wisconsin Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium.

The vision of 4W, convened by UW’s School of Human Ecology, the Global Health Institute, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, is to achieve measurable improvements in women’s health, wellbeing, equality and empowerment, and, in so doing, to positively impact the quality of life for families and communities.


The UW System Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium, housed at UW-Madison, works to ensure the continued development of Women’s Studies in the UW System, to maintain current national prominence in the field, and to create a unique inter-institutional model for educational innovation.