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International encyclopedia of women's suffrage /

Main Author: Hannam, June, 1947-
Other Authors: Auchterlonie, Mitzi., Holden, Katherine.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 2000
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This encyclopedia goes beyond the US/Great Britain focus of many women's history sources. Although the history of women's suffrage in these countries is included, the volume's focus on the rest of the world makes it particularly useful. Beyond facts and dates about suffrage, the articles offer insight into women's lives in many countries. Entries, varying in length from half a page to eight pages, cover countries, major individuals, organizations, movements, publications, and issues. Most include a bibliography, and cross-references are frequent. Many of the biographical entries duplicate those in Women in World History (CH, Apr'00), but the topical and country-centered entries justify purchase of this volume. Well written, well indexed, and attractively produced, this volume invites both research and browsing. N. Taylor Earlham College

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Review by Library Journal Review

In approximately 230 entries, which range from suffragists, nations, and organizations to such headings as "friendship networks" and "drama, novels, poetry, and film," this volume seeks to embrace the entire suffragist movement. The text dates back to Mary Wollstonecraft. The entries themselves vary from one column (few entries are shorter) to several pages, making this a quick resource rather than a means of in-depth study on a particular topic. The authors, all British academics, seek "to shift the focus of attention awayfromthe United States and Britain," but because they rely on only English-language sources, the entries favor English-speaking countries and Western institutions. Thus, Canada receives 14 columns of text, and China seven columns; Protestantism and Catholicism get entries, but Islam does not. The international scope comes from "a sample of countriesfrom all five continents" and a few review essays, such as the entry "Africa South of the Sahara." Oddly, the United States entry lacks a chronology of state ratifications. Still, the information is accurate, and much of the material is not readily available elsewhere. The introduction is thoughtful and well written, and the resource is supplemented by a brief chronology of nation suffrage and a bibliography, including videocassettes and web sites. This reviewer could locate no comparable reference work. Recommended for all libraries.DCynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-In addition to entries on terms and events from the late 19th century to the present day, the authors have included articles on the women's suffrage movement in separate entries on different parts of the world and individual countries (e.g., "Latin America and the Caribbean" and "Egypt"). Organizations and individuals, particularly those who sought to establish international links, are represented. Compelling issues and concepts such as antislavery are also considered. Important texts and manifestos are mentioned. The 132 entries are alphabetically arranged and range from one-half to more than seven pages. Each entry is followed by see-also references and a bibliography. The lengthy and informative introduction includes essential background information on the history of the movement and discusses its relationship to other political, social, and economic changes for women. Numerous black-and-white photos and reproductions of political cartoons, drawings, posters, and lithographs expand on the text. An appendix of Web resources and a chronology of dates when women were granted "full adult suffrage" completes the encyclopedia. A valuable tool that will be especially useful when answering quick reference questions and as a starting point for student research.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Greensboro Montessori School, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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