Great Lives from History: American Women Review

“A new addition to the popular Great Lives from History series from Salem Press, this three-volume set features approximately 525 essays about American women from the 17th century to today…Essays carried over from previous volumes in this series along with new articles written specifically for this set cover contributions to a number of fields of women including writers, politicians, inventors, businesswomen, artists, and more. Each entry is organized according to the following structure: early life, providing facts about the woman’s upbringing: life’s work, an account of how the individual contributed to American society; and significance, addressing her accomplishments and why one might want to study her life…Libraries that purchase the print edition also have access to the online version. Summing Up: Recommended. High school through beginning undergraduate students.”

“This three-volume set provides biographies on a broad range of American women, ranging from children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Each entry presents a concise yet detailed look at the subject’s life and contributions to history… Though brief, the summaries are enlightening and offer a solid overview. Each concludes with suggestions for further reading. A substantial amount of material is provided in a small space, making this resource valuable as a starting point for additional investigation, especially given the suggested readings, or as a quick introduction. The impressive diversity of subjects covered, not only in terms of race and class but also in terms of the roles…is also appealing. VERDICT Recommended for a variety of collections, especially those with a strong focus on women’s studies.”
-Library Journal