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U.S. Women's Interest Groups

Institutional Profiles

by Sarah Slavin


An in-depth reference analyzing the origins, developnment, programs, publications, and political action of 180 major American organizations concerned with women's issues.

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December 1995


Pages 688
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/U.S. Public Policy and Administration

No other reference analyzes the origins, development, programs, publications, and political action of 180 major American organizations concerned with women's issues in such depth. Over 100 experts give an overview of how national women's groups of all kinds and representing varied and broad segments of society have had an impact on a wide array of public policy issues in Washington in recent years. An introduction provides a content analysis, general background, and historical sketch for the profiles, which are arranged alphabetically. An appendix describes six government agencies of primary importance in handling women's issues, as agenda setters and bridges. A second appendix consists of the questionnaire which was sent to each organization covered in the volume.

The alphabetically arranged profiles cover organizations with all types of goals and concerns, different racial and ethnic identification, church and temple affiliations: civil, elderly, professional, and occupational associations; social and sorority groups; labor and business organizations; not-for-profit and for-profit groups; research centers; and both partisan and nonpartisan organizations. Students, teachers, professionals in governmental and nongovernmental agencies, researchers, and citizen activists will find that this handy sourcebook is a treasury of authoritative information about how private citizens work to affect national policy and legislation in essential ways.

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Women's InterestsU.S. Women Interest GroupsAppendix AAppendix BIndex



This informative source book describes some of the prominent women's organizations in the US. Useful both to identify women's issues groups and as an overview of the women's movement. Highly recommended for libraries supporting women's studies and related programs.— Choice

No single resource presents more information on women's interest groups in the U.S. Highly recommended.— Reference Book Review

[T]his reference work provides a detailed overview of a wide variety of women's interest groups, their goals (and how they formulated them), and their efforts to attain them....The preface, introduction, and respective references (bibliographies) are invaluable for their framework and analyses.—RQ

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