Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People

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Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People. Edited by Tiffany K. Wayne. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 4 vols. Acid free $415 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-214-4). Ebook available (978-1-61069-215-1), call for pricing.

I have found Women's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People to be a well-organized, comprehensive, and useful resource. Since Ursuline College is a women-focused institution, the library tends to keep an eye trained on titles on topics like women's rights. Our reference collection includes multiple resources on women's rights; however, we own nothing quite as sweeping in scope while still being focused on women in the United States. Ursuline recently acquired Women's Rights: Documents Decoded, also published by ABC-CLIO (2014). While at first I was concerned that there might be excessive overlap in content between the two, I happily discovered that these two resources will be a nearly perfect complement to one another. For example, while Women's Rights in the United States provides much information on Margaret Sanger and her birth control activism as well as primary documents including some treatises she wrote, Women's Rights: Documents Decoded provides her original statement on birth control to the US Senate subcommittee in 1932 along with commentary and discussion.

Each of the four volumes covers a time period: 1776-1870, 1870-1950, 1950-90, and 1990-present. Each volume includes an introduction that highlights important events, controversies, and changes, including those encompassing political, social, and popular culture spheres, occurring during the period. …

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