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Women's Rights

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Women's Rights is part of the Global Issues series, which is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on the key challenges facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's impact in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research ...
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Overview

Women's Rights is part of the Global Issues series, which is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on the key challenges facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's impact in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

The issues women face at the dawn of the 21st century are as daunting and complex as ever, covering the range from affirmative action and service in active combat, to educational rights, reproductive rights, sexual harassment, religious leadership roles, and more. Women's Rights examines the history and the current status of women's rights in the United States and abroad, namely Denmark, China, Afghanistan, and Kenya. This volume highlights the means by which women challenge their respective situations and effect change within their countries. With access to means of global communication such as the Internet, many of these movements can now look to each other as a source for what to do or avoid to implement positive change.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Updating the 2007 edition, this work offers a plethora of primary documents and research tools. The main body of the book offers an overview of women's issues followed by a more detailed examination of them as they occur in the United States, France, Chile, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The issues at hand are political and social, and are further subdivided into coverage of voting rights, employment, violence against women, and many other topics. The real value of the book, however, rests in the collection of primary documents, such as transcripts of the proceedings of landmark trials. An excerpt from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1848 "Declaration of Sentiments" stands alongside an excerpt from the 1988 "Baby M" surrogate custody case and an excerpt from China's 2002 family planning law. A brief section then discusses how to research the women's movement, providing a list of keywords, links to useful search engines, and other practical advice. The final part of the book offers research leads in items such as a "key players" biographical glossary, an annotated bibliography arranged by subject, and a list of related agencies. This book will be a solid addition to more research-oriented collections and should replace the older edition. Students will appreciate the gathering of so many complete primary sources and statistics, and plentiful bibliographic information in one resource.—Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
Library Journal

Part of Facts On File's new "Global Issues" series, which aims to shed light on the many challenges facing the world today, these books are jam-packed with detailed information from listed resources. Their organization and writing style are closer to that of a textbook than a conventional reference book; entries are highly authoritative but somewhat lengthy, with events explained in the text in "academic conversational" chronological order-much like that of a history textbook. Despite the lack of compartmentalization we have come to expect in most reference books-the component that often beckons those browsing fingertips-the information presented is substantial and backed with numerous sources. The books have a style comparable with that of the Greenhaven titles: geared toward students, albeit with a slightly higher language level, so both academic and public library patrons would be well served. Content, of course, is necessarily nonpartisan, as is the array of topics covered. Each volume is divided into three parts: "At Issue," "Primary Sources," and "Research Tools." The table of contents-nearly identical in the two volumes-is unconventionally skeletal for a reference work but does accurately depict the overall content found in each section. Far more helpful are the glossary (defined words are not boldfaced in text, a plus or minus depending on the reader), the event chronology, and especially the comprehensive index found at the rear.
—Traci Avet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816083794
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 450
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Kathryn Cullen-DuPont     vii
List of Acronyms     xi
At Issue
Introduction     3
Focus on the United States     50
Global Perspectives     94
Primary Sources
United States Documents     134
International Documents     185
Research Tools
How to Research the Women's Rights Movement     238
Facts and Figures     250
Key Players A to Z     255
Organizations and Agencies     273
Annotated Bibliography     298
Chronology     342
Glossary     371
Index     381
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