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Grassroots Feminist Activism: Finding Articles

How to find resources related to grassroots feminist activism. Created for the the Feminist Activist Academy in conjunction with the Women's Resources Center.

How to Find Articles

The databases listed to the right are some of the best resources for the Feminist Academy. You can search them to find articles in peer reviewed journals, magazines, and newspapers. 

The University of Illinois subscribes to many, many online databases and resources, which are indexed in Online Journals and Databases. Search this index by title or subject to find online journals and databases relating to your topic.


To find articles, you will want to try a combination of keywords related to what you are interested in. Using two keywords will get you more narrow results; three is usually best. Try different combinations of terms related to "grassroots", "feminism", and "activism" using the keywords below in the databases listed on this page. 

  • Grassroots 
  • Grassroots movements
  • Grassroots campaign
  • Grassroots organization
  • Community organizing
  • Feminism / feminist - use "femin*" with the asterick * to get results with either "feminism" or "feminist" 
  • Activism / activist - use "activis*" with the asterick * to get results with either "activism" or "activist" 
  • Advocacy
  • Women
  • Women's rights


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