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Women in Peace and War 1900-1945
     

Women in Peace and War 1900-1945

by Fiona Macdonald
 
Women have played critical roles in business, politics, and the family throughout history. However, it is only recently that these roles have been studied and valued by society as a whole. This book explores women's contributions to peace and war, broadening readers' perspectives and enhancing their appreciation of this essential "other half" of history.

Overview

Women have played critical roles in business, politics, and the family throughout history. However, it is only recently that these roles have been studied and valued by society as a whole. This book explores women's contributions to peace and war, broadening readers' perspectives and enhancing their appreciation of this essential "other half" of history.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
The profusely illustrated books in the Other Half of History series give a brief but well-balanced overview of the vital role and amazing accomplishments of women in America and throughout the world during the last century. MacDonald highlights the milestones achieved in legal and human rights, education, politics, the labor force, and wartime. World War I initiated an important change in the traditionally passive role of women in society to one of active participation, but the second World War corroborated the fact that women were as intelligent and capable as men and could perform highly skilled, complicated jobs in government and industry. Prior to World War II, the 1929 stock market crash followed by the Great Depression tested the mettle of women who struggled as best they could to keep themselves and their families afloat. This book chronicles the dynamic blossoming of today's modern woman—self-assured, independent, competitive, and able to challenge the status quo in any situation. Remarkable headway also has been made in civil rights, equal opportunity in the workplace, and in the passage of new laws protecting women. The feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s raised women's consciousness, promoted their self-confidence, and encouraged their personal dependence and self-determination. Readers will find inspiring the many thumbnail biographical sketches of ordinary women who have achieved extraordinary success due to vision, will power, and hard work. Despite their quick, sweeping coverage, the books in this series effectively introduce the contributions and great strides made by women in the twentieth century. Other titles include books on women in ancient Rome andMedieval times among others. With easy, informative text and an eye-catching format complemented by handy glossaries and detailed indexes, the series is a welcome although marginal addition to any young adult collection. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. 2001, Peter Bedrick, 48p. PLB $17.95. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Delia Culberson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Two serviceable books that look at the status of women in society and how it changed throughout the 20th century. Peace & War relates how, worldwide, women became an integral part of society when men went to fight in each of the world wars. Macdonald parallels their progress in the United States, England, and elsewhere as she compares their various struggles for equality. This title ends with women getting pushed out of the workforce, as they were displaced by returning World War II veterans. A Changing World follows the postwar baby boom, the cold war, changing fashions, and the major changes of the `60s when women started questioning their place in society. Issues of abortion and contraception, women in politics, and their role in the workforce are briefly discussed. A short summary of where women were in 1900 and where they were in 2000 is appended. The abundant photographs and illustrations closely support the texts. The Young Oxford History of Women in the United States (Oxford, 1995) deals with this subject in more depth.-Elizabeth Maggio, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872265714
Publisher:
School Specialty Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Other Half of History Series
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
8 - 18 Years

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