In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), Cambridge University Press has made a collection of inspirational work written by, or about, leading academics and pioneers such as Marie Curie, Margaret Atwood and Angela Merkel, available to read for free online.

This year we have expanded our IWD2018 campaign to include work from all our academic subjects and have made content free to ensure accessibility.

Mandy Hill

The collection – spanning the subjects of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - contains a wide range of online book chapters, articles, journals and blog posts.

The purpose of the campaign is to share, and make accessible, the excellent knowledge and research of our authors around this incredibly important topic.

As one of the world's leading and most respected university presses, Cambridge University Press has a significant part to play in helping women in academia have a voice and in championing their work.

Mandy Hill, Managing Director for Academic Publishing at the Press, said: “Cambridge University Press is delighted to support International Women’s Day with our collection of academic work by and about great women across the globe and across history.

“As a University Press and global publisher, we see it as intrinsic within our role to support, develop and publish the highest standards of education and research for everyone and by everyone, irrespective of gender, race, age, or sexuality. This year we have expanded our IWD2018 campaign to include work from all our academic subjects and have made content free to ensure accessibility.”

The free content will be accessible from, throughout March, and includes the full 2017 volume of leading agenda setting journal Politics & Gender, blog posts, a wide selection of articles and book chapters including:

The Wonders of Light
Marta Garcia-Matos 
Discover the spectacular power of light with this visually stunning celebration of the multitude of ways in which light-based technology has shaped our society.

Women in Twentieth-Century Africa
Iris Berger
Explores the paradoxical image of African women as exceptionally oppressed, but also as strong, resourceful and rebellious.

Property in the Body: Feminist Perspectives
Donna Dickenson
Commodification of the human body is gaining ground, strengthened by powerful interests. This book helps us understand and regulate it.

The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood
Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson
An engaging overview for students and readers of Atwood's life, works, contexts and reception.

Sex, Gender, and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122
Megan McLaughlin
New perspective on western European ecclesiastical reform between 1000-1122 through an examination of images of the 'private' life of the Church.

Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture
Sarah N. Roth
This book argues that white women, as creators and consumers of popular culture media, played a pivotal role in the demasculinization of black men during the antebellum period.

The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights Around the World
Mala Htun
This book explains when and why governments around the world take action to advance - or undermine - women’s rights.

The Experiences of Face Veil Wearers in Europe and the Law
Eva Brems
Studies the experiences of face veil wearers in Europe and examines the ramifications of the empirical findings for legislative agendas.

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