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Title:
A century of women : the most influential events in twentieth-century women's history
Author:
Felder, Deborah G.
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Publication Information:
Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"A Birch Lane Press book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781559724852
Format :
Book

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A brilliant history of women's work in the social, political, and cultural movements of the American century, written by the author of the critically acclaimed "100 Most Influential Women of All Time". 50+ illustrations.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Felder provides a digestible overview of the unprecedented economic, social, and political progress women have made during the twentieth century. In this decade-by-decade chronology, she recalls the pivotal events that served as turning points in contemporary women's history. She also scrutinizes the key players who have contributed to the educational, professional, and cultural advancement of the female sex over the course of the past 100 years. Although many of the entries are predictable, Felder also gives a nod to some refreshingly offbeat turning points, including the invention of the brassiere, the publication of both Vogue and Seventeen, the introduction of the "Ann Landers" and "Dear Abby" advice columns, and the voluntary outing of both comedian Ellen DeGeneres and her popular sitcom character. This breezy review will appeal to both serious students of women's history and casual browsers. A natural companion piece to Felder's The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)1559724854Margaret Flanagan


Library Journal Review

Organized on a decade-by-decade basis, this book claims to focus on "influential events that have shaped the destiny of women during each decade of the 20th century." A fascinating array of events has been selected, running the gamut from the founding of organizations like the League of Women Voters and the Girl Scouts, to the emergence of icons like Barbie, Betty Crocker, and Ann Landers, to the patenting of the brassiere. Each event is accompanied by a brief essay explaining and analyzing the topic under review. No area of American life is ignored‘there are articles on fashion, medicine, literature, television, the magazine industry, and politics. A detailed appendix notes famous female "firsts." Despite the intrinsic appeal of the subject, though, scholars will find much to question. Idiosyncratic omissions like Geraldine Ferraro's selection as the 1984 Democratic vice presidential nominee, the difficulty of summarizing the impact of both world wars on women, and the absence of an index all weaken this volume's utility as a serious reference tool. For popular collections only.‘Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

YA-Felder has put together an interesting history, chronicling the changes that have occurred over the last 100 years and highlighting the events and people that have revolutionized womanhood in America. The book begins with Carry Nation's saloon visits, Mary McLeod Bethune's founding of an institute, the creation of unions to protect and fight for the rights of women in the trade and garment industry, and the invention of the washing machine and twilight sleep techniques for painless childbirth. The book includes the 1990s' hard-won battles to allow women to enter the military and military schools and studies that reflect the need to analyze whether teachers are giving girls the attention and education they need to be successful in life. Although not a complex study of the period, this is an interesting and useful overview. Good-quality black-and-white photos appear throughout, and a list of "influential firsts" is appended.- Linda A. Vretos, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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