This update will not disappoint fans of the first edition published in 1996. It is a comprehensive, one-stop resource on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the continuous and changing role of women during more than three hundred years of American history. The recent publication date permits the entry on Hillary Rodham Clinton to read "The only First Lady in American history to be nominated for elective office." Unlike Notable American Women (Belkamp/Harvard University Press, 1971-1980), biographical entries are only a part of this valuable resource. Women's organizations, court rulings, proposed and enacted legislation, and information on the impact of women in the political arena, the arts, health and science, education, sports, and the business world can be found in this user-friendly reference. The carefully cross-referenced index will guide readers looking for information on birth control to the entries on Emma Goldman, Griswold v. Connecticut, and Margaret Sanger, among others. Black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout the text. Entries vary in length from one paragraph to one-and-a-half pages. Suggestions for further reading follow each entry. The appendix presents thirty-eight primary source documents in chronological order and a list of congressional representatives and senators up to 1999. The bibliography is exhaustive. This resource will be useful in any library and will be helpful for students' reports, but it also will be delightful to browse. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix. 2000, Facts on File, 418p. PLB $65. Ages 12 to Adult. Reviewer: Lois Parker-Hennion SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
In this treatment of U.S. women's history, Cullen-Dupont presents over 500 entries for significant events, legislative acts, court cases, organizations, individuals, and publications. Inclusion, though unpredictable, tends to favor specific named groups rather than general concepts (e.g., 'Operation Rescue' and Roe v. Wade; nothing under abortion), and reflects the diversity of women's backgrounds and experience in the United States. Less comprehensive than Angela Zophy's Handbook of American Women's History, particularly concerning women's occupations and other topics in U.S. social history, this work lacks the advantage of Zophy's specialist contributors. Its emphasis is less biographical than Doris Weatherford's American Women's History; unlike the Weatherford title, it has no illustrations but does include suggested readings after each entry, an extensive bibliography, an appendix of 34 documents, and an index. Also on the plus side are Cullen-Dupont's engaging prose style, enlivened by frequent quotes from primary sources, and good coverage of recent topics, including entries for Anita Hill, Camille Paglia, 'glass ceiling,' the Violence Against Women Act (1994), and Harris v. Forklift Systems. -- Carolynne Myall, Eastern Washington University Libraries, Cheney
There is no shortage of encyclopedias of women's history. American Women's History, Handbook of American Women's History, and The ABC-Clio Companion to Women's Progress in America all cover much of the same ground as this new title. Volume 3 of the Women's Studies Encyclopedia covers history but is international in scope and therefore has less overlap. The title under review covers people, significant events, organizations, legislation, court cases, and issues affecting women. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of one to five items. A bibliography at the end of the volume provides complete citations for these items. Rounding out the more than 500 entries are appendixes containing the complete texts of 34 documents ranging from a 1647 request for suffrage to a 1992 court case. A detailed index concludes the volume. A sample of entries includes 'Indigenous Women's Network,' The Joy Luck Club, ' Mommy Track,' 'Pregnancy Discrimination Act,' 'Rochester Convention,' 'Women's Reserve of the Navy,' and 'McClintock, Barbara' (the geneticist). In comparison, coverage in American Women's History also leans heavily toward biographies and organizations, but it has some topical entries not found in the encyclopedia, such as 'Farm Women' and 'Flappers.' American Women's History has illustrations (which the encyclopedia does not) but no bibliographies or index. The Handbook of Women's History is more scholarly in tone, with each entry signed by its contributor and followed by a lengthy scholarly bibliography. It has an index but no illustrations. The ABC-Clio Companion has no bibliographies but does contain attractive illustrations. While each of these titles has some unique entries, this newest one is useful for its entries for landmark books (Naomi Wolf's Fire with Fire, Gail Sheehy's The Silent Passage) and coverage of recent legislation ('Pregnancy and Medical Leave Act of 1993,' 'Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1993'). High-school and public libraries that want to beef up their collections on women's history will find The Encyclopedia of Women's History in America a useful purchase. While none of these titles is the scholarly and comprehensive encyclopedia of women's history for which many librarians and their patrons have been patiently waiting, they serve a useful purpose for the general reader.
A comprehensive resource highlighting the lives and contributions of women from Pocahontas to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Entries range from individuals, movements and reforms, court cases, and issues affecting women from Colonial times to present-day issues and personages. Includes references for further information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)