Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World

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TheEncyclopedia of Women in Today’s World looks at women today and delves into contexts of being female in the 21st century. The scope of the Encyclopedia focuses on women's status starting approximately in the year 2000 and going forward. From A-to-Z, this work covers the spectrum of defining women in the contemporary world.

Signed entries (with cross-references and recommended readings) cover the full range of issues in contemporary women’s studies, with volumes including information relevant to the following academic disciplinary contexts: arts and media; business and economics; criminal justice; education; family studies; health; media; military; politics; science and technology; sports; religion; and women in different cultures and countries.

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Editorial Reviews

Against the Grain
"Aside from providing useful information for researchers, [it]...acknowledges the progress made by women, but it also points to how much more needs to be done...Needless to say, this title will prove a useful and highly-appropriate resource for academic libraries supporting women, gender, and feminist studies. "— Tom Gilson
Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association
"The value of Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World lies in its focus on current popular topics. "— Saundra Lipton
Feminist Collections
"I would recommend this online encyclopedia for reference collections geared primarily toward undergraduate students, as it is a wonderful jumping-off point for their exploration of the diverse opportunities and challenges facing women in today's world. "- Amanda Swygart-Hobaugh, Georgia State University, Librarian for Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology— Amanda Swygart-Hobaugh
Against the Grain - Tom Gilson
"Aside from providing useful information for researchers, [it]...acknowledges the progress made by women, but it also points to how much more needs to be done...Needless to say, this title will prove a useful and highly-appropriate resource for academic libraries supporting women, gender, and feminist studies."
Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association - Saundra Lipton
"The value of Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World lies in its focus on current popular topics. "
Feminist Collections - Amanda Swygart-Hobaugh
"I would recommend this online encyclopedia for reference collections geared primarily toward undergraduate students, as it is a wonderful jumping-off point for their exploration of the diverse opportunities and challenges facing women in today's world. "- Amanda Swygart-Hobaugh, Georgia State University, Librarian for Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
Library Journal
This is neither a biographical nor a historical encyclopedia, with coverage starting in 2000 and encompassing women's contemporary status in 15 categories: "Activism," "Arts," "Business," "Countries," "Education," "Environment," "Government," "Health," "Media," "Religion," "Science," "Sports," "Sexualities," "War," and "Women's Lives." "Signal Biographies" within categories are representative; there is no attempt to be comprehensive. Access to categories is by the "Reader's Guide," but volumes are organized alphabetically. There are 1000 entries ranging from 600 to 2500 words. Emphasis is a bit skewed toward popular culture, and though international, the United States predominates. This may be desirable since the main competitor is the scholarly Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (2008, four vols.) and organization contrasts with the other contender, Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide (2003, six vols.), organized geographically. The 400 contributors are feminist, women's studies, or gender studies scholars. The editors are eminent: Stange (women's studies, Skidmore Coll.; Hard Grass), Carol K. Oyster (psychology, Univ. of Wisconsin; Gun Women), and Jane E. Sloan (media, Rutgers Univ.; Reel Women). The bibliography, or "Resource Guide," is eight pages, half websites. Film and video titles are critiqued in the entries and indexed by name. Photographs are good, but a few charts or graphs would have improved the coverage. BOTTOM LINE As a women's encyclopedia, this is not comprehensive, but high school and college students will like it, especially its digital version, Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World, which will incorporate annual digital editions of 250 entries for $200. The electronic version will have 100 video clips and color photos. A 30-day free trial is advertised.—Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., CUNY
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Opening with six lengthy abortion-related articles, including "Abortion, Access to" and "Abortion Methods," this unique work offers a multidimensional view of the roles and status of women worldwide, focusing on the 21st-century. A reader's guide gathers the 900-plus articles into 15 categories that range from "Activism in Theory and Practice" to analyses of gender issues (and nonissues) in specific countries and from "War and Conflict" to topics related to "Sexualities." Each category also includes between 4 and 15 "Signal Biographies" of women in business, politics, and other fields, nearly all of whom are still living, and many of whom will be unfamiliar to readers. Articles open with a clearly visible header, close with multiple "see" references and further-reading suggestions, and offer a gender-centric but evenhanded perspective. This is not to say that some of the 400 contributors aren't judgmental, as examinations of the "Bridezillas," "Cougars," and "Reality Television" articles will show. Taking up nearly two-thirds of the final volume, back matter includes a comprehensive index, multimedia resource lists, and the lengthy action plan published by the 4th U.N. World Conference on Women. Though it is sparsely illustrated (the online edition offers a heavier array of multimedia), the encyclopedia's unusual currency and international scope make it an essential complement to Bonnie G. Smith's The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (Oxford Univ., 2008) and Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender's Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women (Routledge, 2000).—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412976855
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Pages: 2016
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 6.70 (d)

Meet the Author

My primary field of preparation is the history of Christianity, particularly post-Enlightenment. My teaching interests are intrinsically cross-disciplinary. In religion they include religion and culture studies, contemporary American religion, theology, religion and ecology, and feminist studies in religion. In addition to teaching in the religion curriculum, I also teach courses on feminist theories and methodologies, ecofeminism, and global and transnational feminism. In my pedagogy, as in my research and writing, I therefore move freely among women’s and gender studies, environmental studies and international affairs.

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