From Library Journal
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 American 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.