Encyclopedia of women in American politics /

Other Authors: Schultz, Jeffrey D., Van Assendelft, Laura A.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1999.
Series: American political landscape series
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Review by Choice Review

The first of Oryx's "American Political Landscape Series" (which will include volumes focusing on religion, minorities, media, and corruption) offers engagingly written, signed entries on issues, people, court cases, government programs, associations, and laws, all with brief bibliographies. Most entries are short biographies, a quarter to half a page in length. More useful are longer articles (up to three pages) that focus on historical and current issues such as protective legislation, child custody, comparable worth, and family leave. Appendixes include a very useful selection of speeches and documents, (such as Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman," the Equal Rights Amendment, and UN resolutions), organization information, and a time line. There is substantial overlap between the biographical entries in this volume and the longer ones in Elizabeth Frost-Knappman and Sarah Kurian's The ABC-Clio Companion to Women's Progress in America (CH, Dec'94) and Angela Howard Zophy and Frances M. Kavenick's Handbook of American Women's History (CH, Sep'90). However, the quality and quantity of the longer articles in the present encyclopedia are not matched by the others. Very useful to undergraduates and others seeking theoretical background, ready reference information, or further insight into current political issues. N. Taylor Earlham College

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Review by Booklist Review

These titles from the publisher's American Political Landscape series trace the interface between religion and politics and women and politics in U.S. history from the colonial period through the 1990s. Each volume contains more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries on individuals, events, court cases, and movements, ranging from a paragraph to a few pages, written by a variety of contributors. Entries are concise, readable, and balanced. Cross-references in the text and see also references and bibliographic references at the end of each entry lead the reader further. Nearly all entries are signed. Extended introductions provide the context for the entries. Entry headings include years of birth and death for individuals (if the dates given for Sarah G. Bagely in the Women volume are correct, she founded the Lowell Female Labor Reform Association when she was nine and lived to be 112; Frances Cleveland's year of birth is given as 1846 instead of 1864) and, when appropriate, location and date for events. Captioned photos illustrate many articles. Longer entries, such as abortion and birth control in the Religion volume, provide the history, twentieth-century background, complexity of ethical questions, and arguments. There is also a lengthy entry on abortion in the Women volume, but this one examines abortion more as a gender issue than as an ethical issue. Birth control is covered in a separate entry, reproductive and contraceptive technologies for women. Some other topics that are covered in both volumes, but from different perspectives, are Dorothy Day, Operation Rescue, pornography, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and welfare. Bibliographies list scholarly and trade publications as well as newspaper and journal articles. Besides an index, each volume concludes with several extensive appendixes: "Speeches and Documents" (25 in Religion, 14 in Women), "Organizations," and "Timeline." Women also has a list of tables, including women elected to Congress or state governorships, women Cabinet members, and First Ladies. Coverage ranges from Pilgrims to Promise Keepers, from plantation-owner Margaret Brent (b. 1601) to Mary Bono. Although much of the information can be found in other works, both these titles tie it together in balanced, current, convenient volumes that will prove useful to many high-school, public, and academic libraries. Forthcoming titles in the American Political Landscape series include Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics, Encyclopedia of Media in American Politics, and Encyclopedia of Corruption in American Politics.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Schultz (coeditor of Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party and Encyclopedia of the Republican Party, M.E. Sharpe, 1997) and Assendelft (political science, Mary Baldwin Coll.) have developed an especially useful reference tool. This single-volume work offers comprehensive coverage of women's struggle for participation in the American political process, with biographical information on every woman elected or appointed at the national level and many at the state and local levels as well. The issues that have been closely identified with women in politicsÄreproductive rights, domestic violence, child care, and equal employment opportunityÄare thoroughly described. An unexpected but useful element is the description of numerous Supreme Court decisions with implications for women's political and civil rights. Every entry concludes with a bibliography; there is excellent cross-referencing and a comprehensive index as well. The volume includes a 20-page introduction giving historical background and demographic information; four appendixes with the text of 14 significant speeches and documents; tables listing women members of Congress and state houses, first ladies, and cabinet members; women's political organizations and PACs; and a time line of women's progress in politics since the Seneca Falls (NY) Convention on women's rights in 1848. Recommended for libraries supporting women's studies and political science.ÄJill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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