Prominent Women of the 20th Century

Prominent Women of the 20th Century

by Peggy Saari
     
 

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In four volumes, this biographical resource profiles 200 women from around the world who made outstanding contributions in their fields. Black-and-white portraits plus other pertinent photos accompany entries. Tables of contents list women by name, by nationality/ethnicity and by fields of endeavor.

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In four volumes, this biographical resource profiles 200 women from around the world who made outstanding contributions in their fields. Black-and-white portraits plus other pertinent photos accompany entries. Tables of contents list women by name, by nationality/ethnicity and by fields of endeavor.

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Zom Zoms
This four-volume work is one of the UXL imprints targeted for middle-school students. Unlike several others in this series, it does not appear to be a spinoff from an earlier Gale reference work. It does make up part of the CD-ROM product, "UXL Biographies" ["RBB" F 1 96] The set presents 200 biographies of women "whose achievements have made a significant and lasting imprint on life in the twentieth century." Editor Saari, of Antioch College, acknowledges the help of five persons, but it is not clear what their expertise might be. Individuals chosen for inclusion fit into one or more categories: women who have struggled against bias or personal circumstances to achieve their goals, from Nobel Prize winners in science to Candy Lightner, founder of Mothers against Drunk Driving; innovators and discoverers, from Alice Evans, the microbiologist who successfully campaigned for pasteurization of milk, to Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies; and women who made a mark in their fields (e.g., aviator Jacqueline Cochran and industrial pathologist Alice Hamilton) Entries are arranged alphabetically. Each volume begins with a list of those included in all four volumes, followed by a "Fields of Endeavor" list and a listing by nationality/ethnicity. The latter is heavily American, although 31 other nationalities are represented. The Americans are also categorized as African Americans (40 of the 200), Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. A cumulative subject index in volume 4 lists people, movements, and works mentioned in the entries Profiles range in length from five to eight pages. Each gives date of birth and the reason for inclusion (e.g., Benazir Bhutto is "first woman prime minister of a Muslim country" ). Almost all include a photograph of the biographee. A brief quotation in the margin indicates the woman's philosophy; for example, from Jewell Plummer Cobb, African American biologist: "When I see more black students in the laboratories than I see on the football field, then I'll be happy." The writing style is clear and engaging. Each biography is followed by two to four sources for further reading, many as recent as 1994 The primary attraction of this set is that it brings together the biographies of a group of women who are enormously diverse and, in many cases, little known despite their achievements. Especially useful will be the biographies of women scientists for whom biographies simply do not exist at this reading level. It is easier reading than "Women of Achievement" (Harmony, 1981) and "Notable American Women". "Notable Black American Women" (Gale, 1992) is not difficult but has longer entries and longer bibliographies with references to local and archival material. "Prominent Women of the 20th Century" focuses on each woman's personal motivation and obstacles and clearly discusses the impact of her accomplishments for an audience that is often asked just these questions. For the middle school it is a much-needed and easy-to-use reference for class assignments. Many high-school libraries will also find it useful.
Booknews
A reference for middle and high school students, presenting thoughtful and quite candid 5-8 page biographies of 200 prominent and influential women from varied ethnic backgrounds, with accomplishments in diverse fields including the sciences, politics and government, social activism, sports, and the arts. Most of the women featured are readily identifiable, but less familiar figures include Rosalind Franklin, who co-discovered the structure of DNA, and Annie Dodge Wauneka, the tribal leader who eradicated tuberculosis among the Navajo. Most profiles include a portrait, additional photos, and sidebars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787606466
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
12/08/1995
Series:
Women's Reference Library Series
Pages:
1034
Product dimensions:
13.42(w) x 10.63(h) x 5.84(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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