The American Women’s Almanac: 500 Years of Making History

Visible Ink. Feb. 2020. 608p. ISBN 9781578596362. pap. $22.95. REF
Felder (The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present) honors the contributions of American women throughout the nation’s history, which have long gone overlooked. Profiling more than 350 women, from First Lady Martha Washington to Governor Sarah Palin to attorney and educator Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw to novelist Toni Morrison, the author selected subjects whom she felt “best represent the historical trajectory of women in America.” Her picks are top-notch, collectively demonstrating that women have had a significant impact upon U.S. society and culture. The biographies are categorized by topics such as the women’s rights movements, literature, business leaders and entrepreneurs, and sports figures. Important historical milestones are recounted as well, including the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, the 19th Amendment, the legalization of birth control in 1966, and the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. A historical time line, numerous photographs and drawings, and suggestions for further reading add heft.
VERDICT A welcome counter to textbooks and encyclopedias that favor the achievements of men, this is an essential addition to reference or history collections in all public and academic libraries.

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