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Encyclopedia of American women in business : from colonial times to the present /

Main Author: Krismann, Carol.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005
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Review by Choice Review

Krismann's work consists of 426 well-written entries, including biographies for 327 American businesswomen and entries that describe issues and concerns--e.g., business travel, child care, and the old boys network--that women face. Each entry supplies a bibliography, and there are helpful see references throughout. Besides a comprehensive index and bibliography, the set includes a chronology of important events in American history, with a particular focus on American businesswomen, 1607 to the present. Six appropriate appendixes identify "Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business, 1998-2003," "Working Woman's Top Thirty Woman Business Owners, 1997-2001," "Businesswomen by Ethnic/Cultural Heritage," "Businesswomen by Historical Period," "Businesswomen by Profession," and "Women in Junior Achievement's Global Business Hall of Fame." The chronology and appendixes strengthen the usefulness of the publication. Its focus makes this work unique, its only direct rival being Historical Encyclopedia of American Women Entrepreneurs: 1776 to the Present, ed. by Jeannette M. Oppedisano (2000). Both titles offer distinct content, style, and focus. Krismann's larger encyclopedia focuses on women in profit-making enterprises, whereas Oppedisano's includes women in both profit and nonprofit organizations. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Public and academic libraries. S. E. Marcin Fairfield University

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Review by Booklist Review

More than 425 entries, most of them biographical, comprise this resource. The women who are covered range from Lady Deborah Moody (1586-1659), who founded and planned the colonial settlement of Gravesend on Long Island, to Louise Kitchen (1969-), who was Enron's chief operating officer. Selection is limited to women in profit--making enterprises and generally excludes government officials and women who are known mainly as artists. The remaining 100 or so entries deal with topics such as Automobile industry, Latina businesswomen, Mommy track, Sexual harassment0 , and Telecommuting.0 The biographical entries provide a few personal details, but emphasis is on professional accomplishments. Most are brief, although a few, such as those for Barbara Proctor and Oprah Winfrey, cover more than two pages. All entries conclude with short\b \b0 further reading lists of books, articles, and Web sites, which can be found with fuller citations in the 50-page general bibliography. Other content includes a chronology; Fortune 0 magazine's list of the 50 most powerful American businesswomen, 1998-2003; and lists of businesswomen who are covered in the encyclopedia organized by ethnic heritage, historical period, and profession. We found no entry for colonial printer Dinah Nuthead, even though she appears in the "Businesswomen by Historical Period" appendix. There is some overlap with other reference sources that treat women in business, among them A to Z of American Women Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs 0 (Facts On File, 2002) and Historical Encyclopedia of American Women Entrepreneurs 0 (Greenwood, 2000). Encyclopedia of American Women in Business: From Colonial Times to the Present 0 covers more than twice as many women as either of these, is more up-to-date, and adds depth to its treatment by combining biographies with topical entries. Smaller collections that own one or both of the older titles may not need to acquire the current work, but it belongs in academic and larger public libraries, especially where there is an emphasis on business or women's studies. --Mary Ellen Quinn Copyright 2005 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Krismann (head, William M. White Business Lib., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Quality Control in Business and Industry: A Bibliography) here presents the stories of 327 businesswomen who have succeeded as entrepreneurs, executives, or business owners in profit-making enterprises from Colonial times to present day. The book covers the lives of the very famous, including Martha Stewart, Lucille Ball, Ruth Handler (creator of the Barbie doll), Oprah Winfrey, Estee Lauder, Hetty Green, Katharine Graham, and Marjorie Merriweather Post, and the not-so-famous, including Rebecca Pennock Lukens (1794-1854), the first woman ironmaster in the United States. In addition to the biographies, the book contains entries for work-related issues like old-boys network, office romance, and diversity as well as profiles of agencies related to business women, including Catalyst and the Center for Women's Business. There is also an extensive bibliography, a chronology of the history of women in business from 1607 to 2004, and appendixes listing women by ethnic/cultural heritage, historical period, and profession. Bottom Line This excellent reference book is wonderfully readable and should encourage readers to conduct further research of the women profiled. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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