Chronology of women's history /

Impressive, enlightening, and fascinating to read, this easy-to-use narrative chronology records the triumphs, obstacles, and conditions of women's lives from prehistory to the present and profiles the achievements of nearly 5,000 women from practically every corner of the globe. Western histor...

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Main Author: Olsen, Kirstin.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
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Review by Choice Review

Written from a feminist perspective, this chronology of landmarks in women's history starts with the period "Prehistory to 3000 B.C." and continues into 1993. More than half of this extensive factbook covers the years after 1726. Entries are arranged in chronological periods--annually from 1900 to 1993; between 3001 BCE and 1900, divisions vary from 1,000 years to four years (and seem arbitrary rather than historic). The author divides each period into ten categories: general status and daily life; government, the military and law; literature and visual arts; performing arts and entertainment; athletics and exploration; activism; business and industry; science and medicine; education and scholarship; and religion. Multicultural and worldwide in its coverage, the work includes such diverse entries as as "Tansu Ciller becomes Turkey's first female prime minister" (June 1993) and "Jewish female doctor Floreta attends the queen of Aragon" (1381). The bibliography is limited and the book lacks illustrations, photographs, and notes with complete bibliographic citations for the hundreds of novels, dramas, and works of poetry referred to in the text. It does include an extensive topical, geographic, and personal index. Recommended for general readers and lower-division undergraduates, and as a general reference for all educators. R. L. Ruben; Western Illinois University

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Review by Booklist Review

While this chronology spanning 20,000 B.C. to 1993 is not an exhaustive list of female accomplishments, it makes an effort to be inclusive, profiling nearly 5,000 women from 114 countries. It begins with the Cro-Magnon era and ends with Janet Reno and the Tailhook scandal. Entries are arranged by year or span of years and subdivided into 10 categories, such as "General Status and Daily Life," "Literature and the Visual Arts," "Performing Arts and Entertainment," "Athletics and Exploration," and "Business and Industry." Text is arranged two columns on a page, not in tabular form, so information is not easy to scan. Some information is provided consistently each year (e.g., award winners, women elected to office). Other facts seem random: under 1978, "The average Dutch woman has 1.6 children" and, under 1986, "In Italy, 12% more rapes are reported than last year." A detailed index of more than 100 pages provides access, but references are only to page numbers, so readers will have to examine the whole page. Browsing is the best way to unearth all the hidden jewels contained in this volume. Readers looking for a specific piece of information will do better to consult one of the many topically arranged reference books on women. However, students wanting to know events in women's history during a particular year or broader time period will find this chronology useful. (Reviewed Spetember 15, 1994)

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Review by Library Journal Review

Olsen (Remember the Ladies: A Woman's Book of Days, Main Street Pr., 1988) has compiled an international chronology of 5000 notable women who lived from 20,000 B.C. to 1993. Information is arranged by year or group of years and then by subject categories that include daily life, law and government, literature and the visual arts, activism, science, business, education, athletics, and the like. A great amount of information is cited, though some entries seem trivial-for example, a 1630 entry about English merchant Edith Doddington, who sold wheat, butter, and cheese in four counties. The 100-page index (not seen), which includes subjects as well as proper names, should do much to pull together related information. Modeled on his People's Chronology (LJ 3/1/92), Trager's work covers the same time frame as Olsen's, but he identifies about 3500 women as compared with Olsen's 5000. Like Olsen, Trager uses subject categories within divisions by year or years. While Olsen identifies her 11 categories by phrases, Trager employs the same 29 symbols he used in his earlier work. In general, Trager's entries are longer than Olsen's and, indeed, his work is almost twice the length. A comparison of several years yields surprisingly little overlap in information. In 1922, for example, each author listed about 40 entries, but fewer than a quarter of the events overlap. Similar entries are generally literary events. Because of its greater length, the Trager book is the preferred purchase, but given the high interest in the topic and the relatively low number of repeated items, a case could be made for acquiring both books. Another recent women's chronolgy, Judith Clark's Almanac of American Women in the 20th Century (LJ 8/87), is much narrower in focus and time period. Appropriate for school, public, and undergraduate collections.-Patricia A. Beaber, Trenton State Coll. Lib., N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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