Meet the Reference Books introduces noteworthy encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference materials in Carmichael Library's print and digital collections. Blog posts are contributed by Reference Student Assistants. The first round of books this semester comes from our Virtual Reference Shelf.
This post is written by Sara Frye, a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major. You'll see Sara working all over the library--at the Circulation, Welcome, and Reference Desks! Sara introduces The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, published in 2008, touts itself as the first volume of work which comprehensively covers women’s role in world history. The encyclopedia has entries on important women throughout history, as well as significant movements and historical events in which women played a part, such as Abolition and the Anti-Slavery Movement. This reference book is useful for anyone interested in women’s role in history or in women’s rights, and could be helpful for any classes or projects in many disciplines, such as history, English, art, sociology, political science, and likely many more, as it discusses women’s roles in almost every cultural subject.
By browsing this source I learned that while Mahatma Gandhi was involved in the anticolonial nationalist struggle, his secretary Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was strongly involved in the women’s movement and was an important figure in the Women’s Indian Association, the country’s first feminist association. I also learned that while Simone de Beauvoir was considered a key figure in the Second Wave feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s due to the success of her book The Second Sex, she rarely labeled herself a feminist. I encourage everyone to check out this book and discover some awesome women in history!