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These two atlases offer students and researchers easy access to widely scattered data. Whereas both cover the same broad areas of demographics, employment, education, health, crime, and politics, each focuses on different areas and presents information in different ways. Gibson and Fast provide more maps (145 as compared to 118), thus allowing more topics to be shown in this format. However, Shortridge covers these same topics but uses more textual analysis. Figures on comparable subjects are surprisingly similar in both atlases even though the sources used may differ. The format presenting the data also may differ; e.g., figures in one atlas may be given in percentages while in the other as straight numbers. Neither uses one method solely. While this makes comparisons between the books more difficult, it presents the researcher with more alternatives. Thus, these atlases complement one another. If only one may be purchased, the cost of Shortridge's atlas may put it out of range for some libraries. However, both references would be worthwhile additions to most school, public, and academic libraries. Frada L. Mozenter, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
An atlas and sourcebook that treats women in the US. The book is organized around 11 issues in which women are concerned: demographics, earnings/income, education, relationships, health, labor force, occupations, sports, pregnancy, crime, and politics. For each topic there are narrative text, charts, tables, and maps. The 128 maps present statistical and demographic information in graphic form; statistical information is derived from US Bureau of Census publications. Each chapter has a current bibliography, and there is a combined name, place, and subject index. This book is more informative and broader in scope than Jill A. Fraser's The Best U.S. Cities for Working Women (1986). Academic and public libraries.-E.L. Yang, Auraria Libraries