The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide

by Lynn Walter, Manisha Desai, Cheryl Toronto Kalny, Amy Lind, Bahira Sherif-Trask , Aili Mari Tripp


This groundbreaking reference set documents the achievements and current challenges for women in more than 130 countries in the world's most populated areas.

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September 2003


Pages 2500
Volumes 6
Size 7x10
Topics Women's Studies/General
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Women are working internationally to build a world based on gender equality and justice. Their concerns are shaped by conditions in their own countries and regions, and also by conditions for women in other parts of the world. Links forged by globalization, international relations, United Nations gender equality and development programs, and women's nongovernmental organizations connect their futures. This groundbreaking reference set documents the achievements and current challenges for all women, providing distortion-free and newly available information about women's status, in matters from education to violence, in more than 130 countries in the world's most populated areas.

Written by an international host of contributing specialists, this set is accessible to high school students and above. Its consistent narrative coverage and relevant statistics are ideal for research and comparisons. Readers will find that conceptions of women's issues vary by country as the set illuminates diverse perspectives and contemporary practices that shape the variations in equality and well-being among women. Judicious inclusion of historical processes helps frame the issues in a holistic perspective. Volume maps, individual country maps, tables, photos, and indexes by set and volume are also included.

Table of Contents

Standard coverage for each country includes
Profile of Nation
Overview of Women's Issues
Employment and Economics
Family and Sexuality
Politics and Law
Religion and Spirituality
Outlook for 21st Century
Resource Guide, with Suggested Reading, Videos/Films, Web Sites, and Organizations



Students and faculty interested in comparative international data on women will find this set particularly useful. It is current, well written, and informative, providing scholarly content, useful detail, and sound documentation. Highly recommended. All collections.—Choice

"Particularly useful for cross-national comparisons of data and issues that would normally be difficult to compare....This outstanding reference work serves general readers who are seeking an overview of the topic, as well as scholars pursuing further research. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries."—Library Journal, Starred Review

^IThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide^R is a must for all college libraries, and highly recommended for public and high school libraries.—Feminist Collections

The organization of the information is what helps make this set so valuable. The outline provided acts as a guide for the user to quickly retrieve brief information, or use it as the starting place for in-depth research....[h]ighly recommended. It will be helpful for college and high school students studying a broad range of topics.—Multicultural Review

The presentation of this work is very good and complements the huge amount and quality of information it contains. The volumes are well presented and attractive.—Reference Reviews

[R]ecommended for libraries that wish to provide narrative descriptions of women's issues by country.—College & Research Libraries

[R]ecommend it for addition to high school, public, college, and university libraries.—Reference & User Services Quarterly

Can be recommended from high school age upwards [and] it will be a must for universities and colleges that offer women's studies courses.—Reference Reviews

Major issues facing women worldwide are examined in this impressive set....This is an exceptional and thorough research tool.—School Library Journal

This high quality, groundbreaking multivolume reference set documents the achievements and current challenges for women in more than 130 countries....A valuable resource for social studies, psychology, women's studies, world language and economic classes. Recommended.—Library Media Connection

"There is more detail here on women's issues worldwide than readers will find in any other reference source.... The attention paid to developing nations helps make the set a boon to researchers, since information on women's lives in many of these places can be so hard to track down....The set's country-by-country approach and uniform structure make it easy to draw comparisons between different parts of the world.... Recommended for libraries serving patrons from high-school age and up and especially for colleges and universities with strong women's programs."—Booklist, Starred Review

[f]or those attempting cross-cultural comparisons of countries on many of these issues, there simply is no more comprehensive resource available. Recommended for academic libraries.—Gale-Larence Looks at Books


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