This two-volume encyclopedia celebrates women's role as social reformers. The 400-plus entries (ranging in length from one or two columns to a few pages) feature women from all over the world who have been willing to stand up and make a difference in areas such as the abolition of slavery and prostitution; anti-suffrage/anti-equal rights; human rights; children's, immigrants', reproductive, property, and marriage/divorce/custody rights; education; emancipation of women; health care; environmental issues; labor/rights/trade unionism; peace/anti-militarism; political, legal, prison, and religious reform; sexual freedom; social welfare/poverty; suffrage; temperance/drug abuse; violence against women; and philanthropy/charity work. The articles contain suggestions for further reading, and some include a b&w photograph. Suitable for high school and above. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Helen Rappaport is a professional writer, researcher, Russian translator, and historical consultant, specializing in the 19th century. Her published works include ABC-CLIO'sQueen Victoria: A Biographical Companion.