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Women's almanac 2000
Weatherford, Doris.
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Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
vi, 370 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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HQ1111 .W33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Women's Almanac 2000 is a first-stop reference that combines news, issues, statistics, and a resource directory together with historical information and analysis from both an international and U.S. perspective. No other reference offers this unique combination of information, complete with an annotated list of Web sites, dozens of photos, charts, statistics, and graphs. With acclaimed women's studies author Doris Weatherford as editor-in-chief and major contributor, this is the authoritative source for cutting-edge information about women in the United States and throughout the world.

Author Notes

Doris Weatherford is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida
Jo Lynn Southard is associate editor of the Maine Lawyers Review

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Facts and statistics about women are the focus of a new biennial almanac by an author who has produced several related titles, including Milestones: A Chronology of American Women's History (Facts On File, 1997). This compendium has six major components. Part one is a look at recent news regarding women and women's issues both in the U.S. and worldwide. Part two consists of alphabetically arranged entries on women's issues including global overviews on such topics as child custody, clinical trials, domestic violence, political participation, and poverty, to name a few. Part three begins with a country-by-country list of selected statistical indicators (fertility rate, life expectancy, illiteracy rate, etc.). Part three also includes statistics for the U.S., all available in the annual United States Statistical Abstract. Part four offers short entries on notable women in U.S. and world history. Women from all fields as well as a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds are included. Part five presents a time line of women in U.S. history. Cross-references relate back to the profiles in part four. This is followed by a unique state-by-state survey of women's history and contributions. There is also a time line of women in world history. Part six is a collection of resources and includes a topically arranged bibliography followed by a listing of organizations. The last section of part six is a sampling of Web sites. The two appendixes are a calendar of historical anniversaries important in women's history and a listing of women in government. A thorough index rounds out the almanac. Much of the information is available in other sources that will be updated more frequently. However, the variety of information makes this almanac useful as a ready-reference source for medium-sized high-school and public libraries, especially if they do not have many other statistical sources.Reference Books in brief The following is a list of additional recent and recommended reference sources.

Choice Review

Weatherford's almanac is a fascinating compendium of contemporary and historical information about women. It begins with a section of news, both international and US, a dual focus that continues through all the sections. Next comes a section on contemporary issues, where such topics as contraception and pay equity are discussed. Part 3 contains country-by-country and US statistics concerning women in such areas as education and employment. Brief biographical sketches of notable US and world women are followed by time lines of women's history. The most unusual section is a narrative of women's history for each state of the nation. Finally, a resource section includes a selected bibliography and lists of women-focused organizations and Web sites. The almanac concludes with a list of historical anniversaries, women in government, and an index. Although much of the information can be found elsewhere in academic libraries (e.g., in Chronology of Women Worldwide, ed. by Lynne Brakeman, CH, Jul'97; Naomi Neft and Ann D. Levine's Where Women Stand, CH, Dec'97; and Statistical Handbook on Women in America, ed. by Cynthia M. Taeuber, CH, Nov'96), this almanac is especially useful for personal and women's resource collections that can afford the stiff price. All levels. G. M. Herrmann; SUNY College at Cortland

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
Part 1 Newsp. 1
World Newsp. 1
U.S. Newsp. 9
Part 2 Contemporary Issuesp. 19
Part 3 Statistical Indicatorsp. 45
Country-by-Country Surveyp. 45
Spotlight on Women in the United Statesp. 111
Part 4 Profilesp. 123
Notable Women of U.S. Historyp. 123
Notable Women of World Historyp. 161
Part 5 Historyp. 193
United States
Timeline: Women in U.S. Historyp. 193
Women's History, State-by-Statep. 223
Timeline: Women in World Historyp. 287
Part 6 Resourcesp. 321
Bibliographyp. 321
Organizationsp. 341
Web Sitesp. 350
Appendix 1 Calendar of Historical Anniversariesp. 353
Appendix 2 Women in Governmentp. 355
Indexp. 359