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Third Wave Feminism: 1990s to the Present

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the first in a series by Rachel, a first year student at Agnes Scott.

I wanted to do this project not only because of my interest in Third-Wave Feminism as a movement, but because I am interested in doing research about what McCain Library has to offer on the topic. My contributions will connect McCain’s resources and the topic of Third-Wave Feminism and the Riot Grrrl movement.

From Riot Grrrl to the March for Women: The Rise of Third-Wave Feminism


Third-Wave feminism broke out in the mid 1990s with the intention to redefine ideas about beauty standards, gender, sexuality, and femininity and masculinity. Riot Grrrl started in Olympia, Washington with an underground punk, feminist music scene which gave rise to bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. These bands gave women a place to control their voices and express themselves. For this movement, sexual liberation, a major goal of Second-Wave feminism was about being able to express themselves in any way. It lead to the belief that gender is a spectrum and both men and women can fall anywhere on that spectrum.


Even though expression is still an important part of Third-Wave Feminism, within more recent years, an emphasis has been put on intersectionality within the movement. This means that for feminism to be intersectional, all races, ethnicities, and gender identities must be included. The needs and equality of all women must be taken into account. This wave of feminism also says that feminism can take many forms. For instance, just because a woman is a stay-at-home mom does not make her inherently not feminist. Furthermore, just because a woman expresses herself in a feminine way does not make her less of a feminist.

Third wave feminism has also seen the rise of a more open dialogue of women’s issues in men’s sphere with the launch of the HeforShe campaign in 2014 through the United Nations. The campaigns aim is to get more men and boys involved in women’s issues. 2017 also saw the Women’s March on Washington which involved 500,000 women marching in Washington and over 5 million women worldwide.

Even though Third-Wave Feminism has made important moves toward equality, one critique of the movement is that it lacks cohesion. Where the first and second waves had clear cut goals, the third wave lacks a clear cut goal and clear cut leaders. Even with great icons like Beyoncé, Malala Yousafzai, and Emma Watson, the movement has far to go, and to get the most done for equality, as a people there must be a common goal.

Helpful Sources:

The Riot Grrrl Movement (New York Public Library)

Encyclopedia Britannica: The Third Wave of Feminism

Huff Post: The Third Wave of Feminism is Here and It’s Intersectional

Everyday Feminism: Feminism Now: What the Third Wave is Really About

Sources Involving Third-Wave Feminism at McCain Library


Title: Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism

Author: Leslie Heywood and Jennifer Drake

Location: Stack 1/ HQ1421 .T455 1997

The Essential Feminist Reader

Author: Estelle B. Freedman

Location: Stack 1/ HQ1154 .E77 2007


Title: Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

Author: Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

Location: Stack 2/ LB2332.3 P74 2012


Title: Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism

Author: Edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman

Location: Stack 1/ HQ1161 .C65 2002


Title: The Riot Grrrl Collection

Author: Edited by: Lisa Darms

Location: Ground Floor/ ML3534 .R563 2013


JSTOR: Check out JSTOR for a great article entitled: What is Third-Wave Feminism? by R Claire Snyder.


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McCain Celebrates World Vegan Month

November is World Vegan Month! To help celebrate and share information concerning the benefits of a vegan diet for animals, humans, and the plant, we created two informative displays on the first floor on the library (see images below).

In addition, the following books and DVD’s are a small sampling of items from our collection that offer information related to veganism. Enjoy!


  • Forks over knives: DVD RA645.N87 F67 2011
    • This feature film advocates for a plant-based diet because research shows that this lifestyle change can lead to a reduction in diseases and cancer. Researchers state that the widespread obesity and illness across the United States is due to processed and fatty foods. Check out this documentary for information on just how important food is for your body!
  • King corn:  DVD SB191.M2 K56 2008  
    • Two friends, recently graduated from college, begin a mission to investigate the ever increasing role corn has to play in the American food system. Their research is conducted by obtaining an acre of corn and tracing the movement of this corn through the agricultural and food system. Watch this award winning documentary to see how much corn you are actually eating!
  • The sexual politics of meat : a feminist-vegetarian critical theory: Stack 1 – HV4708 .A25 1991
    • Ever felt like there had to be some connection between feminism and vegetarianism? The Sexual Politics of Meat expose just how eating meat connects to the patriarchy. Meat eating, crushing the patriarchy, and animal rights all collide in this seminal publication.
  • Eating Animals: Stack 3 TX 392 .F58 2010
    • A narrative mixed with statistical information, this work by Jonathan Safran Foer tackles the large, and often unexplainable, topic of why we eat the animals that we do. Writing largely from his own perspective, Foer discusses many of the impacts that eating meat has in our industrialized society.
  • Living among meat eaters: the vegetarian‘s survival handbook: Stack 3 TX837 .A29 2001
    • A survival guide for those practicing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle to navigate those potentially awkward food situations, as in Thanksgiving or a summer barbeque. Carol J. Adams gives advice for living and eating well in a world where plant-based eating is not the norm in this practical and thorough book.

  • The Face on Your Plate: Stack 3. TX371 .M37 2009
    • From a moral standpoint,  psychoanalyst Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson discusses how food affects our bodies, conscious, and the environment. This radical take on eating meat parses through the extremely difficult topics concerning the separation of a calf and their mother, how we choose which animals to eat, and many more.

  • The Way We Eat: Why our Food Choices Matter: Stack 3 TX357 .S527 2006
    • Ethicist Peter Singer and attorney Jim Mason team up to examine how eating meat affects humans, animals, and the environment. The authors inspect three American family’s diet, examining how each family eats very different diets throughout the book. Using this real life data, Singer and Mason begin asking the ethical questions about why the food on our forks really does matter.
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Serendipity: Historical Photography (In Focus)

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the second in a series by Lucie, a second year student at Agnes Scott.

Photography and video offer a visual medium many of us use on a regular basis in our lives, thanks to advanced technology and easy accessibility. What sort of saddens me in that respect is that the ART of photography is now becoming, quite literally, a dying art.

Photography can range in use and quality depending on the user, with some taking their time to learn the craft and others just snapping photos and hoping a couple of them will look decent enough to post on social media. Phone technology has the ability to improve our picture taking quality, making it seem that everyone has a “good eye” for photography. I’ll admit that I have relied on these accommodations, but I’ll always have a soft spot for a time when personal photography was a more thoughtful and conscious process.

Practical hand held cameras had only developed in the 1930s and 1940s, which is what helped many photographers capture historic moments during those tumultuous years including the rise of fascism, war, division and the struggle to survive for so many. The following images and resources capture rare moments from the WWII era and their aftermaths.


Image Source: Vanity Fair

Night witches from the 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment preparing for an upcoming raid during World War II, 1944.

Captain Nieves Fernandez shows to an American soldier how she used her long knife to silently kill Japanese soldiers during occupation, 1944.

Image Source: Rare Historical Photos

Captain Nieves Fernandez, Philippine school teacher-turned- guerrilla squad leader, shows an American soldier how to kill a Japanese enemy silently, 1944.


Image Source: Library of Congress

Colonial soldiers from Senegal, Equatorial Africa, and Madagascar, respectively, who fought in the Battle of Bir Hakeim (1942).

Relevant Books in The Library

Title: Wartime kiss: visions of the moment in the 1940s
Author: Alexander Nemerov.
Locations:  Online / D810.P4 N46 2013eb     

Title: Engaged observers: documentary photography since the sixties
Author: Abbott, Brett,
Location:  Folio – Floor 3./ TR820.5 .A25 2010  

Title: The world in world wars: experiences, perceptions and perspectives from Africa and Asia
Location: Online / D575 .W67 2010eb                  

Title: A dance with death: Soviet airwomen in World War II
Author: Anne Noggle
Location: Stack 1 / D792.S65 N64 1994

Title: Night witches: the untold story of Soviet women in combat
Author: Bruce Myles
Location: Order through interlibrary loan

Title: Women heroes of World War II: 26 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue
Author: Kathryn J. Atwood.
Location: E-book / D810.W7 A85 2011eb

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Book a Research Appointment!

Making an appointment with a specific librarian has never been easier!appointments

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  2. Choose a librarian, Scottie Research & Rescue Desk, or No Preference
  3. Select a date and time
  4. Complete a short form letting us know how we can help.

You appointment will be immediately added to the calendar of the librarian or service point you selected and a confirmation message will be sent to your email account. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance so if you need a time today or early tomorrow stop by the Scottie Research & Rescue Desk or email the librarian you want to meet with directly.

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Serendipity: Women In the Surrealist Movement

To better facilitate connections between student interests and McCain’s collections, we are providing our student workers, via the library’s blog and social media accounts, with a platform to explore and share areas they would like to highlight. The following entry is the first in a series by Lucie, a second year student at Agnes Scott.

Women In the Surrealist Movement: Leonora Carrington

As a visually driven person, I am determined to find sources that make us feel differently about the world around us. My weekly contributions to the McCain blog will connect art and photography to library resources and collections.


Born: April 6, 1917
Died: May 25, 2011
On view: Museum of Latin American Art
Image Source: The Art Story

Leonora Carrington was a British born painter and author most notably recognized for her artistic contributions during the Surrealist movement. Her paintings show classic  themes of magical realism and alchemy all the while depicting a unique perspective of female sexuality as opposed to a traditional male artist’s depiction of women as muses . Her works were largely unknown in the US and her native Britain, until recognition began to build in the mid-1980s.

For further biographical information: The Guardian  / The Art Story

My Favorite Images:


“And then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur” (1953)


Sissigy” (1957)


Books that reference her in the McCain Library:

Title: Lilus Kikus

Author: Elena Poniatowska ; ilustraciones de Leonora Carrington

Location: Stack 2 /  PQ7297.P63 L5 1991


Title: A woman’s gaze: Latin American women artists

Location: Ground Floor / NX501.5 .W66 1998


Title: Surrealism and Women

Location: Ground Floor /  NX456.5.S8 S87 1995


Title: Latin American artists in their studios

Author: Marie-Pierre Colle

Location: Folio – Floor 3 / N6502 .C55 1994


Title: Voicing our visions : writings by women artists

Location: Ground Floor. / N8354 .V6 1992


Arstor features 77 high-resolution images of Leonora Carrington’s work, including paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, installations and drawings.

ProQuest Art & Humanities Database features 66 scholarly journals, 34 magazine articles and 11 trade journals about Leonora Carrington.