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Reviews of Women's History Books

The resources reviewed here tend to be
World History works, overviews, or surveys.
(All reviews by Lyn Reese)


The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archeology, and the Origins of European Dance by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. This interesting overview offers insights into the prevalence of beliefs in female spirits and ways in which throughout history these spirits were channeled or entreated by dance.

The World’s Women 2010 - United Nations Statistics Division - U.N. Publications

Two highly illustrated Cleopatra biographies for middle and high school students.

  Cleopatra Rules!, By Vicky Alvear Shecter. Boyds Mills Press, 2010.

  Cleopatra: The Life and Death of a Pharaoh by Edith Flamarion, Discoveries Series, Murray N. Abrams, Inc. 1993.

Envisioning Women in World History, 2 Volumes. Two accessible books with study questions to exam the roles of women and issues which impacted their lives. vol. I, Prehistory - 1500, Catherine Clay et.al, 2009. vol. II 1500 to the Present, a more thematic approach by Pamela McVay, 2009.

Sharing the World Stage: Biography and Gender in World History, 2 volumes. Jane Slaughter et. als. 2007 & 2008. Primary sources and biographies of political figures, activists, and artists from all regions of the world. Each chapter includes one man and one woman, followed by four to eight primary sources. Vol.I , ancient empires to 16th century. Vol. 11., 17th century to 20th.

Globalizing Feminisms, 1789-1945; Rewriting Histories, Karen Offen, editor. The twenty articles presented in this collection reveal the extent to which new scholarship has positioned feminisms as crucial global movements toward women’s emancipation.

Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History, Anne Walthall, Editor. This is a series of essays giving a comparative view of the women who lived, worked, and served in royal courts. ©2008.

Women and Gender History in Global Perspective by Bonnie Smith, editor, Pamphlet series by American Historical Association, Paperbacks, approximately 30-40 pages.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History by Bonnie G. Smith, editor.
This 4-volume comprehensive set illustrates that there is no historical, social nor demographic change in which women have not been involved. Over 1,300 articles covering recent scholarship into past experiences of women across the globe. 2008. Hardback. Expensive.

Women and the Journey: The Female Travel Experience by Bonnie Frederick & Susan McLeod, editors, ©1993

Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The Women’s History of the World by Rosalind Miles, Three Rivers Press, © 1988, 2001

Women's History in Global Perspective, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 - edited by Bonnie G. Smith, University of Illinois Press, © 2004-5

Suffrage & Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives - edited by Caroline Daley & Melanie Nolan, New York University Press, ©1994

International Women Speak: The Emergence of Women’s Global Leadership - edited by Dr. Doris Earnshaw. Alta Vista Press, ©2000

Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development - edited by Arvonne S. Fraser and Irene Tinker. Feminist Press, ©2004

The Timetables of Women's History - by Karen Greenspan, Simon & Schuster, ©1994

Women Warriors - by Teena Apeles, Seal Press, @2003

Never Marry a Woman With Big Feet - by Mineke Schipper, Yale University Press, ©2003

Gender in History - by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Blackwell Publishers, ©2001.

Global Feminism Since 1945 - edited by Bonnie G. Smith, Routledge, London, @2000.

All the Women Are Called María - by Juan J. Sánchez, Vantage Press, New York, ©2003.

The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World: Revised and Updated - by Joni Seager, Penguin Books, New York, ©2003.

Woman Ruler: Woman Rule - by Elin Sand, iUniverse.com, ©2001.

A History of European Women's Work: 1700 to the present -by Deborah Simonton, Routledge, The Guilford Press, ©1998.

Gender in World History - by Peter N. Stearns, Routledge, ©2000.

The Prospect Before Her: A History of Women in Western Europe, 1500-1800 - by Olwen Hufton, Vintage Books, ©1995.

Putting Women in Place: Feminist Geographers Make Sense of the World - by Mona Domost and Joni Seager, The Guilford Press, ©2001.

Sheba: Through the Desert in Search of the Legendary Queen - by Nicholas Clapp, Houghton Mifflin Company, ©2001.

Shaping a Better World: Global Issues, Gender Issues - Center for Research on Women, 106 Center Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.

European Feminisms 1700-1950: A Political History, by Karen Offen, Stanford University Press, ©2000.

Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France, by Evelyne Lever, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2000.

Women's Roles in Ancient Civilizations: A Reference Guide, Bella Vivante, editor, Greenwood Press, ©1999.

A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now: Aliki Barnstone & Willis Barnstone, editors, Schocken Books, ©1992.

Women Poets of the World, edited by Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, Macmillan, ©1983.

Wise Women: Over 2000 Years of Spiritual Writing by Women, edited by Susan Cahill, W.W. Norton, ©1996.

Woman As Healer: A Panoramic Survey of the Healing Activities of Women from Prehistoric Times to the Present, by Jeanne Achterberg, Shambhala, Boston, ©1991.

A History of Women in the West, Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot, general editors.

Restoring Women to History, published by Indiana University Press, July 1, 1999.

Battle Cries and Lullabies: Women in War From Prehistory to the Present, by Linda Grant De Pauw.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen & Legend, by D.D.R. Owen.

Women Around the World and Through the Ages, by Sabrina Mervin and Carol Prunhuber.

Women Imagine Change: A Global Anthology of Women's Resistance from 600 B.C.E. to Present, edited by Eugenia Delamotte, Natania Meeker, Jean O'Barr.

Where Women Stand: An International Report on the Status of Women in 140 Countries, 1997-1998, by Naomi Neft & Ann D. Levine.

The State of Women in the World Atlas, new edition by Joni Seager.

Making Waves: A History of Feminism in Western Society by Marlene LeGates.

Women in World History: Readings from History by Sarah Shaver Hughes and Brady Hughes.

Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, Edited by Jane Hirshfield.

Chronology of Women's History by Kirsten Olsen.

A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present by Bonnie S. Anderson and Judith Zinsser.

The International Dictionary of Women's Biography, compiled and edited by Jennifer S. Uglow.

The Book of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan.

The Forgotten Queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi.

Women, The Family, and Freedom: The Debate in Documents by Susan Groag Bell and Karen Offen.

Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber.


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