Review by Choice Review
"Aimed in some small way at correcting historical oversights," this reference tool is apologetically brought to us by the author of The People's Chronology (CH, Jan'80). The more than 13,000 entries are flagged with icons that represent 30 themes (political events, human rights, population, crime, science, health and medicine, religion, education, literature, art, sports, economics and everyday life, etc.). The use of these graphic symbols seems to be unnecessary because the indexing is extensive. Three-fourths of the entries chronicle the activities of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century women. Very few of the events assigned to the dates between three million BCE and 1700 are attributed to women. Instead, they are historical events that affected women. Trager has included black-and-white photographs and a short bibliography. Recommended for general and undergraduate academic libraries as a complement to Kirstin Olsen's Chronology of Women's History (CH, Dec'94). R. L. Ruben; Western Illinois University
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Review by Booklist Review
From the compiler of The People's Chronology [RBB My 15 92] comes this history of women and their achievements from approximately 3 million B.C. (based on the discovery of the fossil teenage female "Lucy") to 1993. Events are listed by year, two columns to a page. They are identified by one of 29 symbols standing for such categories as political events, exploration and colonization, energy, technology, science, sports, medicine, and religion. The symbols are identified at the beginning of the book; using them as running headers or footers would help users. Black-and-white photos illustrate the work. Trager acknowledges that listing all the sources used in compiling this book would be impossible. However, he includes a brief bibliography of "especially helpful" sources. An extensive index leads to the more than 3,500 women and 13,000 events mentioned in the chronology. Olsen's Chronology of Women's History [RBB S 15 94] is similar in scope, format, and price. It has no illustrations. For comparison, for the year 1908, Trager lists 28 events and Olsen, 44. Only 10 of the events appear in both books. Entries in Trager tend to be more detailed, but occasionally Olsen gives more information on an event; for example, she lists more medal winners at the 1908 Olympics. The winner of the women's singles at Wimbledon for 1908 is incorrect in Trager and correct in Olsen. The books differ in the dates of some events. Trager has Melitta Bentz inventing the drip coffeemaker in 1909; Olsen lists it as 1908. Trager lists the 1908 Olympics as the first in which women participated; Olsen notes that the 1900 Olympics were the first for women. Trager's Women's Chronology is the more attractive and readable of these two books, but each book has many unique entries. (Reviewed October 15, 1994)
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