The work of more than 250 contributors from 39 nations, this set covers women in sports on the world scene. With the growth of interest in women's sports, such a compendium helps bring together a variety of information covering individuals, sports, and related issues. The work began as an attempt to improve the coverage of women's sports in scholarly reference works. The editors elected to take the broadest interpretation of sports.
There are 150 articles, with 75 devoted to sports by country or region. Black-and-white photographs accompany many of the articles, and sidebars provide statistics and other related information. The content is current up to June 2000, which means that the Summer Olympics in Australia are not covered. Most articles are at least one page in length, and others are much longer. Many conclude with a bibliography. Appendixes cover topics such as "Female Medalists at the Summer Olympics," "Female Medalists at the Winter Olympics," and "Major Women's Sports Organizations." An extensive index with main entries in bold type completes the set.
Entries treat the history and current status of individual sports from Acrobatics to Yoga and athletes from U.S. golfer Margaret Abbott (1878-1955) to Russian skier Ljubov Yegorova (1966- ). Even countries that are not known for women's sports, such as Afghanistan, are covered. Major events such as the Olympics, Special Olympics, Gay Games, and Deaf Olympics receive coverage. Perhaps the strongest part of the encyclopedia is the discussion of health (e.g., Anemia, Eating disorders, Osteoporosis) and issues such as Lesbianism, Self-esteem, and Sexual harassment. A useful "Reader's Guide" in volume one organizes entry headings under broad categories such as "Biographies" and "Countries and Regions."
This work is larger and more current than either The Women's Sports Encyclopedia (Holt, 1997), or Encyclopedia of Women and Sports (ABC-CLIO, 1996). Although not completely free from errors (Mary Queen of Scots is identified as living in the eighteenth century in Horseback riding; Berkeley is misspelled in a sidebar in Spectators), it is reasonably accurate. The International Encyclopedia of Women and Sports is an important contribution to the study of women's participation in athletic activity. The wide variety of coverage and depth of the articles will make it a valuable addition to any collection needing information on women or sports. It is appropriate for public and academic libraries. RBB
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A monumental undertaking, this encyclopedia covers women's sports worldwide and throughout history. In addition to 441 articles, it includes a list of contributors (with affiliations), a list of articles by subject, a statement of purpose, bibliographies after nearly all articles, appendixes about the Olympics, and a 38-page index. Articles on sports include the expected ("Tennis"), the less popular ("Broomball, "Double Dutch," "Falconry"), and those from outside the United States ("Camogie," "Korfball"). There are 130 articles on athletes ("Pat Summitt," "Kornelia Ender"), 62 articles on countries ("China"), 19 on health issues ("Osteoporosis"), and 66 on social/cultural issues ("Femininity," "Ethics"). The international perspective continues in articles on events ("African Games") and organizations. Photographs accompany most articles, and the overall appearance is attractive and easy to read. This encyclopedia's strengths lie in its unique, cross-cultural treatment of all subjects. For example, the 11-page basketball article treats the sport's history, the United States, and the state of basketball in various regions worldwide. Also, all sports receive in-depth coverage: "Boxing" (eight pages), "Table Tennis" (six pages), and even "Baton Twirling" (three pages). There are some exceptional articles ("Sportswear Industry," "Volkssport," "Magazines") and some outstanding bibliographies ("Gay Games," "Coeducational Sport"). On the downside, this reviewer found several typographical errors, omissions in the index, and some inadequate bibliographies ("Golf": two items; "Ringette": none; "Nancy Lopez": only web sites). Nevertheless, this encyclopedia succeeds admirably in its goal to "acknowledge the importance of women in sports at the global level." A scholarly resource for public libraries and schools at all levels, middle school through college. Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC
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