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GLOBAL ISSUES IN LANGUAGE
EDUCATION NEWSLETTER
March 1998 - Issue No. #29 (p.21)

BOOKS ON WOMEN'S ISSUES

March 8 is International Women's Day. Here we list key books on women's issues.

THE STATE OF WOMEN IN THE WORLD ATLAS

by Joni Seager

London: Penguin Books, 1997. (ISBN 0-14-051374-4)

This new edition of The State of Women in the World Atlas uses state-of-the-art graphics, text and color-coded world maps to document the current status of the world's women. The book's 34 chapters visually show the progress made and problems that still persist for key women's issues such as social equality, motherhood, marriage, education, poverty, health, sex, abortion, prostitution, rape, domestic violence, beauty, women at work, women in the global economy, and women in government.


WOMEN IN THE MATERIAL WORLD

by F. D'Aluisio and P. Menzel

San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996. (ISBN: 0-87156-398-3)

This book is a unique visual portrait of the world's women on the eve of the 21st century. Created by a team of international photo-journalists, the book reveals the hopes, joys, sorrows and concerns of individual women in 20 countries, from Brazil, Russia and China to Ethiopia, India and Japan. In first person interviews, the women share their feelings about family, children, money, love and marriage while stunning color photos and statistics on each country give insights into the multicultural experience of women today.


TEN STUPID THINGS WOMEN DO TO MESS UP THEIR LIVES

by Laura Schlessinger.

New York: HarperPerennial, 1997. (ISBN: 0-06-097649-7)

This book uses real-world examples from the author's popular US radio show to outline 10 common mistakes women make to "mess up their lives". In chapters on 'stupid dating', 'stupid passion', 'stupid marriage' and 'stupid forgiving', she shows how women all too often fall in love, have sex, get married or forgive their partners' unforgiveable behavior for all the wrong reasons, usually due to a lack of self-esteem. She urges women to respect themselves and take control of.their lives.


THE USBORNE BOOK OF FAMOUS WOMEN

by R. Dungworth and P. Wingate.

London: Usborne Press, 1996. (ISBN: 0-7460-2404-5)

This colorful, illustrated reader for young people documents women's achievements round the world and explores the lives of 100 outstanding women in history. The book's 23 chapters profile women leaders, social reformers, revolutionaries, suffragettes, adventurers, scientists, criminals, businesswomen, sports stars and media celebrities, from the first known woman doctor (Merit Ptah, Egypt, 2700 BC) to the first woman to climb Mt. Everest (Junko Tabei, Japan, 1975). Copies available in Japan for 1000 yen from Kip Cates.


WHERE WOMEN STAND: The Status of Women in 140 Countries

by Naomi Neft and Ann Levine.

New York: Random House, 1997. (ISBN: 0-679-78015-7)

This essential 1997 book gives a comprehensive overview of the present situation of women in the world. Part I gives a progress report on international women's issues such as women's education, employment, political representation, marriage, health, and violence against women. Part II gives detailed country profiles of women's status in 20 nations, from Sweden and Russia to the US and Japan. Part III lists up-to-date statistical data on women's issues in 140 countries, a time-line of women in history, a glossary and bibliography.


ELEMENTS OF NON-SEXIST USAGE: A Guide to Inclusive English

by Val Dumond.

New York: Prentice Hall, 1990 (ISBN: 0-13-368911-5)

This is the definitive handbook for students, journalists, executives and teachers who want to eliminate sexism from their English, but aren't always sure how to. It offers sound advice on both gender-inclusive and gender-neutral language including reasons to avoid sexist language, alternatives to offensive terminology, how to eliminate discriminatory language, 10 ways to circumvent sexist writing plus a useful glossary of nonsexist do's and don'ts.

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