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Encyclopedia of women and American politics /

Other Authors: Ford, Lynne E.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Facts On File, 2008
Series: Facts on File library of American history.
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Part of the "Library of American History" series, this encyclopedia by Ford (College of Charleston) offers a very readable overview of "individuals, organizations, movements, policies, laws, court decisions and the events most pertinent to women's struggle for separate and equal status in American politics." The helpful inclusion of "further reading" suggestions at the end of many of the nearly 600 entries contributes to the research process. An appendix presents a timeline titled "Firsts for Women in U.S. Politic" and tables of women in Congress, statewide offices, cabinet positions, and national legislatures worldwide. Primary documents represented here include the text of Sojourner Truth's 1851 speech "Ain't I a Woman?" Mary Church Terrell's 1906 speech "What It Means to Be Colored in the Capital of the United States," and significant speeches and documents from women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Geraldine Ferraro, Ann Richards, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. S. E. Marcin Columbia University

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Review by Booklist Review

As stated in the introduction,  In the simplest terms, the history of women's engagement in American politics is the story of women's struggle to be treated as human beings 'separate and equal.' This reference work is an excellent overview of that struggle. More than 500 entries, written by the author and 51 contributors, are arranged in an alphabetical format and range from one-half page to six pages in length. Most entries have one or more suggestions for further reading. See also references lead the reader to additional information.  More than 500 entries cover individuals (e.g., Betty Friedan, Sandra Day O'Connor, Elizabeth Cady Stanton); organizations and associations (National American Woman Suffrage Association, National Organization for Women); major social and political reform movements (Abolitionist movement, women in the; Temperance movement); major policy areas (Abortion, Wage gap); and legislation. There are entries for each First Lady of the U.S. as well as for all 81 congresswomen in the 109th Congress. The appendixes contain 10 tables and statistical portraits and 21 primary documents. Among the tables are a chronological listing of firsts for women in U.S. politics; listings of women in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate, 1917-2007; and women appointed to cabinet positions, 1933-2007. The section of primary documents includes significant speeches delivered by women and selected documents from the women's rights movement, such as the text of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment from 1972 and Geraldine Ferraro's address accepting the nomination for vice president in 1984. This resource is recommended for high-school, academic, and public libraries and will be very useful for the casual reader as well as the scholar.--Talley, Kaye Copyright 2008 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Editor Ford (Women and Politics: The Pursuit of Equality) brings together some 500 signed essay-style entries by 51 American scholars. Organized alphabetically, subjects include notable contemporary and historical figures, legal cases, political conventions, organizations, general-term definitions, and complex issues like reproductive rights and the glass ceiling. A series of valuable appendixes offers relevant statistical data and a chronology of landmark political events, and 21 primary-source documents are reproduced at the book's end. An updated complement to Laura van Assendelft and Jeffrey D. Schultz's 1999 Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics. (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-This comprehensive, easy-to-use, and clearly written resource describes the extraordinary women who contributed mightily to the American political landscape. About half of the 450 entries cover women; others discuss acts, policies, court cases, events, or organizations. Most entries are from one to five paragraphs long; those detailing military service, the Equal Rights Amendment, suffrage, and other significant topics are longer. Black-and-white photographs appear in some of the entries. Two appendixes (75 pages between them) include lists of women who served in Congress, in statewide elective offices, or in other legislative capacities; and 21 primary-source resources. Some of the latter are documents relating to the women's rights movement, such as the text of the 19th amendment, and others are transcripts of significant speeches, including Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 vice presidential nomination acceptance speech, Shirley Chisholm's 1969 address to the House of Representatives, and Carrie Chapman Catt's 1917 "Crisis" speech. An excellent resource.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.