Women in World History

Klezmer, Deborah

Published by Gale 1999-10-08, 1999
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Synopsis: This encyclopedia features women from all walks of life, including: royalty, lawyers, politicians, soldiers, heroines, pacifists, resistance fighters, financiers, philanthropists, and authors. Coverage includes many women for whom profiles are not included in traditional sources.

From Booklist: Women rejoice. Your encyclopedia is finally here. This review covers the first three volumes (Aak^-Cold); remaining volumes will be published over the coming months, scheduled for completion in December 2000, with indexes by mid-2001. There will be 10,000 biographies, 6,000 of them signed, covering a period from 3100 B.C.E. to the modern age.

The editors researched wives, daughters, mothers, and other women who were not documented in traditional, male-oriented sources, especially history books. The original plan was to include only those deceased before 1926 but soon was altered to include women of the 1960s feminist era and those "whose places in history are secure." These are represented by such people as Jane Goodall and Aung San Suu Kyi. The work includes women of historical interest from all walks of life and is truly international in scope. Three hundred contributors from 20 nations participated. Not all primary sources were in English, and translations were sometimes necessary. The editors plan supplements and invite additions and corrections.

Organization is alphabetical. Cross-referencing is plentiful, with sidebars supplying fuller information on other women mentioned within entries but not given entries of their own. There are see references from royal title to primary name (Austrian Tyrol, archduchess of see Medici, Claudia de); real name to pseudonym (Allyn, Ellen see Rossetti Christina); and from individuals to groups (Andrews, Laverne see Andrews Sisters). Groups include America3 team; Amazon army of Dahomey; and Astronauts, women in space. Some entries are only a sentence or two because of lack of information, but the majority include most or all of the following: dates, if known, or time of flourishing; an identifying summary of life and achievements; a personal profile with vital statistics and names of family members; events in the life of the biographee; vitae listing such things as works for authors or winning records for athletes; a quotation by or about the individual; and bibliographical references.

To illustrate the types of entries, volume two begins with an entry for a Senegalese kindergarten teacher (Mariama Ba, 1929^-1981) who wrote a novel that won the first Mona Award in Africa. A lengthy entry on Ba Trieu (225^-248 C.E.) is more than a simple biography; it provides two-and-one-half pages of background information on Chinese-Vietnamese relations and the role heroic women played as resistance fighters. A sidebar provides a brief overview of the life of another Vietnamese heroine, Bui Thi Xuan (d. 1771).

The first volume features 90 genealogical charts arranged by country, from Belgium (the House of Saxe-Coburg) to Yugoslavia (rulers of Serbia), with women who are the subjects of entries highlighted. Many entries include black-and-white photographs, paintings, drawings, or portraits. Photographs include scenes from plays or films with actresses portraying the part of the biographees (for example, Elizabeth Taylor portraying one of the eight Cleopatras covered).

Works exist on women in sports, women of America, and women of the twentieth century, to name a few categories, but there is nothing comparable to this encyclopedia's coverage of women from all over the world in all eras and all walks of life. It is suitable for supplementary reading for history assignments and is eye-opening, entertaining, and informative for almost any age group. Given the tremendous amount of research involved in collecting this data, the price is reasonable. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries and other women's studies collections.

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Title: Women in World History
Publisher: Gale 1999-10-08
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1.

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