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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.
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.