Review by Booklist Review
*Starred Review* As noted in the introduction to this encyclopedia, Women's situation in virtually every conceivable area from poetry to politics, education to economy changed more dramatically in the last 100 years than in the preceding 100, and the pace of change has accelerated since 2000. With nearly 1,000 entries, the Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World is distinguished by a particularly ambitious scope women's status starting approximately in the year 2000 and going forward. A-Z entries cover the full spectrum of contemporary women's issues in the arts and media, business and economics, health, and other areas, as well as in different cultures and countries. A sampling of entries includes Cosmetics industry and Diet industry; Granny Peace Brigade and Guerrilla fighters, female; Nontraditional careers, U.S. and Nuns, Buddhist; Roller derby and Running/marathons; Vagina Monologues and Virgin of Guadalupe. Breadth and depth of coverage of global women's issues vary. In addition to entries on topics that are location-specific (Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh), there are 186 entries for countries. For some topics, such as AIDS, worldwide perspective is provided in a series of entries (HIV/AIDS: Africa; HIV/AIDS: Asia; etc.). Although biographical information is not the encyclopedia's focus, there are profiles of selected women, ranging from Benazir Bhutto to Martha Stewart. Added value is provided by several hundred full-color photographs, a glossary, a resource guide, the complete Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and a detailed index. In a first for Sage, the e-book version also has a Multimedia Library comprising 99 video clips from news agencies. Among these are a speech Hillary Rodham Clinton gave at Wellesley College in 1992 and a report on a domestic-violence treatment center established in Madrid in 2009. The fundamental utility of this resource is both determined and compromised by its very comprehensiveness. It shines as a starting point, and there is no question but that it will encourage and support engaged, critical scholarship including feminist scholarship, from diverse perspectives. Although students, scholars, and the general adult reader seeking in-depth coverage of a particular topic will need to supplement their use of the Encyclopedia with other resources, it is highly recommended for academic and large public library collections. Two successive online editions will add another 500 entries over the next two years.--Watstein, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist
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