Women's Rights in the United States
A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People
by Tiffany K. Wayne, Editor Lois Banner, Advising Editor
December 2014, 1361pp, 8 1/2x11
4 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-214-4
$436, £336, 380€, A598
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Women’s rights have come far, but more challenges lie ahead.

A comprehensive encyclopedia tracing the history of the women’s rights movement in the United States from the American Revolution to the present day.

Few realize that the origin of the discussion on women’s rights emerged out of the anti-slavery movement of the 19th century, and that suffragists were active in the peace and labor movements long after the right to vote was granted. Thus began the confluence of activism in our country, where the rights of women both followed—and led—the social and political discourse in America. Through 4 volumes and more than 800 entries, editor Tiffany K. Wayne, with advising editor Lois Banner, examine the issues, people, and events of women’s activism, from the early period of American history to the present time. This comprehensive reference not only traces the historical evolution of the movement, but also covers current issues affecting women, such as reproductive freedom, political participation, pay equity, violence against women, and gay civil rights.


  • Offers informed, critical insights and perspectives from editor Tiffany K. Wayne; advising editor Lois Banner, noted author, professor, historian, and feminist; and expert contributors
  • Comprises more than 800 entries in four volumes on the people, organizations, events, legislation, and primary documents impacting gender relations in the United States
  • Supplies valuable content for librarians' events and programming for Women's History Month each March
  • Provides listings of U.S. court cases regarding women's rights chronologically organized by major time periods
  • Aligns with high school and college curricula in offering the experiences of American women
  • Includes coverage of current and ongoing issues related to women's civil and political equality in the 21st century
Tiffany K. Wayne, PhD, is author of ABC-CLIO's American Women of Science since 1900; Greenwood's Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World: A Global Sourcebook and History; and Greenwood's Women's Roles in Nineteenth-Century America. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Lois Banner, PhD, is history professor at the University of Southern California and an American feminist author. She is the author of Women in Modern America: A Brief History, a text commonly used in introductory women's studies college classes. Her newest work, Intertwined Lives : Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle, narrates in an exploratory style the secrets of the lives of these two intellectual anthropologists. Banner received her doctorate at Columbia University.


2015 Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, January 1, 2016

2015 Outstanding Reference Source—Reference and User Services Association [RUSA], January 10, 2016


"One may be tempted to read a volume cover to cover, although the set's purpose as a research source is clear."—Booklist, March 10, 2015

"This important work provides an update and is much more comprehensive in its scope than other comparable works. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduates through faculty and researchers; general readers and professionals."—Choice, May 7, 2015

"This is one of the best and most comprehensive encyclopedias on this subject or many others that this reviewer has ever seen. . . . [H]ighly recommend for all types of school, academic, public or special libraries as well as any reader who wants a superb resource on women’s rights in the USA."—Reference Reviews, December 7, 2016
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