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Significant contemporary American feminists : a biographical sourcebook /
edited by Jennifer Scanlon.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
description
xv, 361 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0313301255 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
isbn
0313301255 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2644649
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-339) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
Scanlon's unique source provides biographies that place in context the lives and contributions of second- and third-wave feminists in the diverse contemporary movement. An advisory board selected the 50 subjects, excluding many important feminists, but the editor hopes "other works will follow to fill in the gaps." Arranged alphabetically, the signed entries consist of lengthy biographical essays that include analytical discussions of each individual's contributions to US feminism. Following each entry is a selective bibliography of publications by and about the subject and her work. A bibliography of outstanding books in contemporary feminism follows the entries. The comprehensive and accurate subject index provides additional access to the varied threads of feminism. Scanlon (women's studies, Plattsburgh State Univ.) is the author of studies on women and consumer culture (e.g., Inarticulate Longings, CH, May'96), and coauthor of American Women Historians, 1700s-1900s (CH, Apr'97). The contributors and advisory board members have impressive feminist credentials. Excellent both as a reference source and an introduction to contemporary feminists; recommended for all undergraduate collections. M. F. Jones; Muskingum College
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'œScanlon's unique source provides biographies that place in context the lives and contributions of second and third-wave feminists in the diverse contemporary movement....The comprehensive and accurate subject index provides additional access to the varied threads of feminism....The contributions and advisory board members have impressive feminist credentials. Excellent both as a reference source and an introduction to contemporary feminists; recommended for all undergraduate collections.'' Choice
'œThe analysis presented in this volume of the work and influence of these women is unique....Most academic libraries, and any library with a women's studies collection will probably want to acquire this reference work.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œThis biographical sourcebook is a useful tool for any library due to its easy to follow layout and detailed and interesting information.'' Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association
'œThose wishing to find a brief overview of the most influential contemporary U.S. feminists will not be disappointed.'' American Reference Books Annual
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Summaries
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This work highlights the lives and work of 50 second wave feminists, each of whom is recognized as serving as a catalyst in the developing feminist movement. Each entry contains a biography, an analytical discussion and a bibliography.
Long Description
The history of the second wave of feminism in the United States demonstrates the potential for both serious social change and seemingly intractable divisions among women. Race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and religion have all been dividing influences among women, shaping their various perspectives on and relations to the women's movement. Yet collectively, women's efforts--identified as second wave feminism--are seen as having made a difference. This book highlights the lives and work of fifty second wave feminists, women who have served as catalysts in the developing feminist movement. A diverse group--playwrights and politicians, grassroots organizers and scientists, poets and theologians--they provide the reader with compelling stories of individual women's lives, collective feminist struggles, and the possibilities of feminist social change. Each woman's story provides inspiration to those interested in the power of one, and collectively, the stories show the range of motivations, activities, and accomplishments of feminist thinkers and activists today. Each entry contains three parts: a biographical portrait of the individual, including information about education, family life, and early activism; an analytical discussion, highlighting the person's accomplishments and her relationship to U.S. feminism; and a bibliographical section containing a selective list of the subject's publications and writings about her and her work.
Long Description
The history of the second wave of feminism in the United States demonstrates the potential for both serious social change and seemingly intractable divisions among women. Race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and religion have all been dividing influences among women, shaping their various perspectives on and relations to the women's movement. Yet collectively, women's effortsidentified as second wave feminismare seen as having made a difference. This book highlights the lives and work of fifty second wave feminists, women who have served as catalysts in the developing feminist movement. A diverse groupplaywrights and politicians, grassroots organizers and scientists, poets and theologiansthey provide the reader with compelling stories of individual women's lives, collective feminist struggles, and the possibilities of feminist social change. Each woman's story provides inspiration to those interested in the power of one, and collectively, the stories show the range of motivations, activities, and accomplishments of feminist thinkers and activists today. Each entry contains three parts: a biographical portrait of the individual, including information about education, family life, and early activism; an analytical discussion, highlighting the person's accomplishments and her relationship to U.S. feminism; and a bibliographical section containing a selective list of the subject's publications and writings about her and her work.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Bella Abzug
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Editor
Contributors
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