Gender Inequality
A Reference Handbook
by David E. Newton
October 2019, 362pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7286-0
$62, £46, 52€, A89
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In 2017, women earned 82 percent of what men earned, according to the Pew Research Center.

Gender Inequality: A Reference Handbook discusses the role women have played throughout human history and play in the modern day, including both advances that have been made in the fight for equality and problems remaining to be solved.

Gender Inequality: A Reference Handbook is divided into two parts. Chapters One and Two provide a historical background to the topic and a review of current issues and problems. The remaining chapters aid readers in continuing their own research on the topic, through an extended annotated bibliography, chronology, glossary, noteworthy individuals and organizations in the field, and important data and documents.

This book covers the topic of gender inequality from the earliest pages of human history to the present day. It differs from other works in the field primarily because of the variety of resources provided, such as further reading, perspective essays on the topic, a historical timeline, and useful terms in the field. It is intended for readers of high school through the community college level, along with adult readers who may be interested in the topic.


  • Provides readers with a history of the effects of patriarchy on women, one of the longest lasting and most consequential debates in human history
  • Summarizes the status of gender inequality in the modern world, with regard to its presence and effects in a variety of aspects of human life
  • Supplies abundant resources for further research on the topic by readers of all ages
  • Rounds out the author's expertise through perspective essays, giving readers a diversity of viewpoints on the topic
David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, MI, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College in Massachusetts, for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.


"Recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students."—Choice, May 1, 2020

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