A 'periodical' or 'serial' = any publication published regularly (includes magazines, newspapers, newsletters).
A ‘scholarly’/academic’ journal: periodical containing research articles, that is peer-reviewed, and aimed at researchers.
Peer review: every paper/article submitted to the journal is reviewed by independent experts. Papers are accepted/rejected based on quality.
Women's Studies is multidisciplinary so the databases that you use will come from a number of different subject areas
Our library's EBSCO and Proquest databases are a good place to start for most topics.
Other databases which would be useful include