Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn b & w photographs, each accompanied by a capsule biography, Shatz portrays 50 accomplished women of the San Francisco Bay area, in recognition of their achievements and of what he believes is an improved career environment for women. His subjects include such widely known figures as writers Jessica Mitford, Maxine Hong Kingston and Isabel Allende, Reps. Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi and Delancey Street Foundation director Mimi Silbert. Others have forged careers in a wide range of disciplines--art, drama, journalism, therapy, music, law, natural history, poetry, design, medicine, restauranting, television. Schatz's full-page photographic portraits of them are appealing, at times interpretive, elegant, warm, merry, ingenious, suave. This is an informative, unself-conscious and uncontentious addition to feminist documentary history. (Oct.)
Library Journal - Library JournalAs Laura Nader remarks in the foreword to Gifted Woman , there is a need for both written and visual documentation to help ``readjust'' history, which has slighted the achievements of women. These technically well executed, black-and-white portraits of 50 women from the San Francisco area fall short in pursuit of that goal. They range from conventional, almost stagy head-and-shoulders studies to less formally composed images; all have a bit of the glamor shot--lots of soft focus, evening wear, pearls. But only the visual and performing artists of the group have been placed in a work environment. One wonders if a less ``fashionable'' approach would have resulted in more satisfying imagery. Though any effort to bring women of accomplishment to the forefront of awareness should be applauded, with only about a fifth of the subjects well known outside of their professions, this is recommended only for California libraries.--Kathy J. Anderson, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
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