Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers
"Women have always stepped forward to accept the challenge that a moral moment presents," observes Marian Wright Edelman, a leading children's rights advocate. From abolition to prison reform, from peace to property rights, from environmental protection to animal rights, women have led the fight for a better world.
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.
Despite being marginalized, disenfranchised, impoverished, and oppressed, women have always stepped forward in disproportionate numbers to lead movements for social change. This two-volume encyclopedia documents the visions, struggles, and lives of women who have changed the world.
This encyclopedia celebrates the lives and achievements of nearly 300 women from around the globe—women who have bravely insisted that the way things are is not the way they have to be. Nadeshda Krupskaya, the wife of Lenin, spearheaded the drive against illiteracy in post-revolutionary Russia. American Dorothy Day founded the Catholic worker movement. Begum Rokeya Hossain organized a girls' school in Calcutta in 1911. Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with her book Silent Spring. The stories of these women and the hundreds of others collected here will restore missing pages to our history and inspire a new generation of women to change the world.
- 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
- In depth coverage of women reformers worldwide—many profiled for the first time
- Women leaders from across a broad spectrum of reform movements—abolition of slavery, civil rights, the environment, health care, housing, the international peace movement, suffrage, and more
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"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"High school, college, and public libraries, especially those with women's studies collections, will find this set to be a valuable tool."
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