Gr 5-8-Venus figurines, Hypatia, foot binding, reproductive technology, and Ella Fitzgerald are some of the topics and individuals touched on in this broad overview. Volume one takes a look at "Women before History" and early Near Eastern, Eastern, Greek, and Roman societies. Each successive volume covers a specific time period focusing on women's roles and aspects of "Political Life"; "Religion, Education, and Everyday Life"; "Science, Technology, and Medicine"; and "Arts and Literature." The clear text draws frequent parallels between historical events and trends and their impact on women. The emphasis in latter volumes is on European and American history, achievements, and people, but some mention is made of Muslim and Asian cultures. Sidebars and topical time lines can be found throughout. The black-and-white illustrations, usually two to three per page, rely heavily on period art: reproductions of paintings and photographs of sculpture, artifacts, and individuals. While there are some memorable images, particularly in Dorothea Lange's photographs from the 1930s, much of this material is unexciting and occasionally falls short of illustrating the text. Many reproductions are unattributed. However, the set is a good choice for information on the daily lives of women throughout history and will complement sources such as Linda Schmittroth and Mary Reilly McCall's Women's Almanac (UXL, 1996), which provides facts and statistics on contemporary women.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.