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Despite being marginalized, disenfranchised, impoverished, and oppressed, women have always stepped forward in disproportionate numbers to lead movements for social change. This two-volume encyclopedia documents the visions, struggles, and lives of women who have changed the world.

This encyclopedia celebrates the lives and achievements of nearly 300 women from around the globe—women who have bravely insisted that the way things are is not the way they have to be. Nadeshda Krupskaya, the wife of Lenin, spearheaded the drive against illiteracy in post-revolutionary Russia. American Dorothy Day founded the Catholic worker movement. Begum Rokeya Hossain organized a girls' school in Calcutta in 1911. Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with her book Silent Spring. The stories of these women and the hundreds of others collected here will restore missing pages to our history and inspire a new generation of women to change the world.

"This valuable contribution to women's studies includes the stories of more than 400 women from 64 countries and brings into the limelight many forgotten movements and personalities that have had major impacts on history. Readers will be inspired by the fascinating biographies."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is a valuable addition to any collection on women, social welfare, or reform movements. The selected bibliography is an excellent collection development tool. Recommended for public and academic libraries."

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Booklist

"Worldwide coverage and useful indexes make this set a convenient, worthy addition to high school and academic libraries as well as women's studies collections in public libraries."

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Library Journal

"This valuable contribution to women's studies includes the stories of more than 400 women from 64 countries and brings into the limelight many forgotten movements and personalities that have had major impacts on history. Readers will be inspired by the fascinating biographies."

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American Libraries

"This compilation will be a useful addition to high school, academic, and public libraries … It is a useful contribution to the burgeoning world of reference materials dealing with women's biographies."

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Feminist Collections

"High school, college, and public libraries, especially those with women's studies collections, will find this set to be a valuable tool."

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American Reference Books Annual

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Twenty-six areas of social reform including animal rights, prison reform, trade unionism, and women's suffrage are represented here through the lives of nearly five hundred women from more than sixty nations. Selected, researched, and written by the single author, most entries offer two to three pages of clear and concise information about their subjects, the times and cultural milieu in which they lived, and the changes they brought to bear in their areas of activity. Even the highly theoretical work of such women as Simone de Beauvoir is presented with remarkable clarity, making areas of concern that are either new or wholly unknown to researchers in their middle teens readily accessible. Source notes offer references to works found in many medium-sized libraries. Pictures and cross-references add further dimension. Drawbacks include some sloppy editing, and interior references to Web sites make for awkward reading at times. Purple prose abounds but will not put off young readers who might identify many of these women as worthy heroines. The historical span reasonably suits the increased freedom to be politically active that modern women have over their ancestors. There are just a few figures dating from the late eighteenth century, including English abolitionist Elizabeth Heyrick, but progressively more as readers move toward contemporary times, including the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. 2001, ABC-CLIO, 888p. in 2 vols,
— Francisca Goldsmith
Library Journal
In this generously illustrated reference, Rappaport (Joseph Stalin: A Biographical Companion; Queen Victoria: A Biographical Companion) profiles more than 400 women social reformers, many of whom have never before been profiled. About half are from the United Kingdom or the United States, and the rest come from more than 60 other countries. With a few contemporary exceptions, most of these women were active between the late 18th century and the 1970s in a variety of causes (e.g., abolition, education, child welfare, labor issues, prison reform, peace movements, reproductive rights, and many others). There are even sketches of a few women who were antisuffrage or anti-equal rights. Besides a general index, a chronology, and a bibliography, there are references at the end of each article and separate indexes of women listed by cause and by country. Based on a sample, over 25 percent of the women are not included in the much larger, 15-volume set Women in World History (LJ 1/00), edited by Anne Commire. Worldwide coverage and useful indexes make this set a convenient, worthy addition to high school and academic libraries as well as women's studies collections in public libraries. Patricia A. Beaber, Coll. of New Jersey Lib., Ewing Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576071014
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 888
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 2.35 (d)

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