by Susan Acampora, M.L.S.,
History of the Collection
Gill Library is proud to
offer a rich variety of resources related to the
study of ecology and feminism through The
Elizabeth G. Sullivan Memorial Collection on
Ecofeminism and Related Materials. This
collection was begun at Gill Library in January 1989
by Nancy Sullivan Murray, a graduate of The College
of New Rochelle, SAS '50, for her sister.
Elizabeth, SAS '48, is fondly remembered as a lover
of nature and an inspirational woman who touched and
influenced many lives.
Nancy explained, “In 1951, Liz founded
Center, which has been an oasis through
the years for scholars, liturgists, theologians, et
al. She, herself was a scholar, teacher and lover
of learning". With the intention of perpetuating
Elizabeth’s oasis, and with an equal
commitment to the study and support of women, and
the environment during these critical times, CNR
Library adds to this vital collection each year.
Thanks to the on-going support from the family and
Elizabeth, the College, and the Library,
the Ecofeminism Collection continues to take root
and blossom into a significant source of materials
relevant to researchers across many disciplines.
sometimes referred to as Ecological Feminism, is a
field of study and a focus of social activism that
grew out of insight and inquiry derived from the
merging of the feminist and environmental
movements. The term “ecofeminism”, was originally
conceived and employed by the author, Françoise
d'Eaubonne, a French feminist and activist, in her
Le féminisme ou la mort,
1974 (Feminism or Death)
Ecologie-feminisme:revolution ou mutation
(Eco-feminism: Revolution or Mutation?) .
Similarly, it has been adopted by a diverse range of
authors and has come to represent and encompass an
eclectic expanse of work.
may be found among scholars, activists, poets,
writers, artists, philosophers, religious
leaders, naturalists, and more.
Ecofeminism explores the
relationship between existing social institutions
such as patriarchy, capitalism and imperialism and
issues pertaining to the domination of women, and
the exploitation of nature. Ecofeminists propose
that the adoption of feminine sensibilities will
promote the healing of social inequalities and help
restore balance to the natural world. While their
work is diverse, Ecofeminists share in common a
profound concern for preserving the integrity
and inter-connectedness of all life.
About the Collection
Gill Library's collection of
ecofeminism and related materials encompasses
classic Ecofeminist texts, seminal works out of
which ecofeminist philosophies have evolved, and
many related materials that share ecofeminist
ideologies. For a deeper understanding of the
relevance of early and related scholarship to the
field of ecofeminism, an article by Linda Vance:
Remapping the Terrain: Books on
Choice. (June 1993) pp1585+ is highly
recommended as it provides a retrospective annotated
bibliography and a descriptive essay. Related
Materials include texts on spiritual ecology,
feminist spirituality, social ecofeminism, deep
ecology, feminist activism, animal rights, third
world feminism, and Native American spirituality.
Collection and Additional Resources
Please use the
following links to browse the Ecofeminism Collection
at CNR Library:
The Ecofeminism Collection arranged by subject
link leads to a 2008 bibliography of the Collection
arranged by related subjects such as ecofeminism and
activism, psychology, philosophy, religion and
Collection accessed through Gill Library catalog
Clicking this link will perform a search of the
collection in the Library catalog that will include
most recent additions, arranged alphabetically by
In addition to the
collection you may
For more information about the
Ecofeminism Collection or for assistance with
research on the subject, please contact Susan
Acampora at Gill Library of The College of New
Susan Acampora, M.L.S., M.S.
Mother Irene Gill Library
The College of New Rochelle
Françoise. Le féminisme ou la mort,
1974 (Feminism or Death).
Paris, P. Horay, 1974.
Françoise. Ecologie-feminisme:revolution ou
mutation (Eco-feminism: Revolution or Mutation?)
Éditions A.T.P., 1978.
Vance, Linda. "Remapping the Terrain: Books on
Ecofeminism" Choice. (June 1993) pp1585+