Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics

Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics

by Jeffrey D. Schultz, Laura Van Assendelft
     
 

In the 80 years since gaining the right to vote, women have continued to make their political voices heard. This is the first comprehensive work to describe the political struggles and achievements of American women, who were historically underrepresented in a system dominated by men. Containing over 700 entries in an A-to-Z format, this single volume provides

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In the 80 years since gaining the right to vote, women have continued to make their political voices heard. This is the first comprehensive work to describe the political struggles and achievements of American women, who were historically underrepresented in a system dominated by men. Containing over 700 entries in an A-to-Z format, this single volume provides balanced coverage of the people, issues, and events that shape any discussion of women in U.S. politics.

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From the Publisher
"Very useful to undergraduates and others seeking theoretical background, ready reference information, or further insight into current political issues." - Choice

"[A]n especially useful reference tool . . . offers comprehensive coverage of women's struggle for participation in the American political process. . . . An unexpected but useful element is the description of numerous Supreme Court decisions with implications for women's political and civil rights. . . . [T]here is excellent cross-referencing and a comprehensive index as well. . . . Recommended for libraries supporting women's studies and political science." - Library Journal

"[A] valuable reference work that should be included in academic and medium-to-large-sized public and high school library collections." - ARBA

"Internal cross references, explicit end-of-article see also references, brief article-specific bibliographies, and a deep index come together to give the encyclopedia the same sort of strength women have found by coming together. . . . During the 1970's, a bumper sticker proclaimed that A woman's place is in the House; this encyclopedia's place is in public and academic library reference collections." - Rettig on Reference

"Reference librarians and students will appreciate the convenience of so many resources within one volume. . . . Recommended for all high school, college, and university libraries." - Journal of Government Information

"An excellent index enables the user to find entries easily. . . . [H]aving all the information in one volume makes this source very unique and useful. Highly recommended for academic, public, and high school libraries." - Reference & User Services Quarterly

Library Journal
Schultz (coeditor of Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party and Encyclopedia of the Republican Party, M.E. Sharpe, 1997) and Assendelft (political science, Mary Baldwin Coll.) have developed an especially useful reference tool. This single-volume work offers comprehensive coverage of women's struggle for participation in the American political process, with biographical information on every woman elected or appointed at the national level and many at the state and local levels as well. The issues that have been closely identified with women in politics--reproductive rights, domestic violence, child care, and equal employment opportunity--are thoroughly described. An unexpected but useful element is the description of numerous Supreme Court decisions with implications for women's political and civil rights. Every entry concludes with a bibliography; there is excellent cross-referencing and a comprehensive index as well. The volume includes a 20-page introduction giving historical background and demographic information; four appendixes with the text of 14 significant speeches and documents; tables listing women members of Congress and state houses, first ladies, and cabinet members; women's political organizations and PACs; and a time line of women's progress in politics since the Seneca Falls (NY) Convention on women's rights in 1848. Recommended for libraries supporting women's studies and political science.--Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo
Booknews
"Often when I am walking into the White House I look at the big black fence on Pennsylvania Avenue and I think of the suffragettes who chained themselves to it to gain the right to vote" (from the foreword by Helen Thomas, White House Bureau Chief for UPI). In addition to biographies of leaders of the suffrage movement, as well as feminists and anti-feminists, the 700-plus entries in this encyclopedia cover significant events, court cases, concepts, and specific political issues like abortion, welfare, education, and political participation. Appendixes include speeches and documents; women politicians, first ladies, and cabinet members; and women's political organizations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573561310
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/19/1998
Series:
American Political Landscape Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey D. Schultz is president of Jeffrey D. Schultz & Co., Inc. He has taught political science and history at a number of colleges, including White Pines College and Colorado College. He was the associate editor for the two-volume Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party and the two-volume Encyclopedia of the Republican Party. He is currently editing a book on presidential scandals.

Laura Van Assendelft is assistant professor of political science at Mary Baldwin College. She holds a PhD in political science from Emory University. She has written numerous professional articles on the subject of women in American politics.

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