Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers

Winner of an Outstanding Reference Source Award from the References & User Services Association of the American Library Association, 2002

“This valuable contribution to women’s studies includes the stories of more than 400 women from 64 countries and brings into the limelight many forgotten movements and personalities that have had major impacts on history. Readers will be inspired by the fascinating biographies.”

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Women Social Reformers

The first comprehensive guide to women activists from every part of the world, illuminating the broad range of women’s struggles to reform society from the 18th century to the present.

• Over 400 A–Z biographical entries, including the childhood, education, achievements, and challenges of each woman

• A timeline that spans the history of women reformers from the French Revolution, to the second wave of feminism in the late 1970s, to the disenfranchised status of women in many countries in the contemporary Middle East

• Numerous drawings and photographs of women reformers

• Two special indexes listing reformers by country and by cause

Reviews

“It is a valuable addition to any collection on women, social welfare, or reform movements. The selected bibliography is an excellent collection development tool. Recommended for public and academic libraries.”

Booklist

 

“Worldwide coverage and useful indexes make this set a convenient, worthy addition to high school and academic libraries as well as women’s studies collections in public libraries.”

Library Journal

 

“This compilation will be a useful addition to high school, academic, and public libraries . . . It is a useful contribution to the burgeoning world of reference materials dealing with women’s biographies.”

Feminist Collections

 

“High school, college, and public libraries, especially those with women’s studies collections, will find this set to be a valuable tool.”

American Reference Books Annual

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