Reviews provided by Syndetics
Library Journal Review
Taeuber, a U.S. Census Bureau statistician, has selected and in some cases edited 437 tables from a variety of federal government publications to illustrate trends in the life patterns of women. Tables cover standard topics: demograph ics, employment and economic status, health, living arrangements, education, political behavior, and crime, most tracing women's experience since World War II through the 1980s. The data provided permit analysis of variation by race, age, marital status, and other categories. The format of the tables is not uniform, and some graphs are difficult to read. However, essays introducing each section assist the user in marking significant pat terns, and the graphic representations help to make the tabular data more accessible. The list of Census Bureau informa tion numbers, a glossary, and an index enhance the utility of this tool. Although all data included are available in other government publications, this cumulation will be a boon to reference collections of all sizes. No other single volume does this job, although Suzanne M. Bianchi and Daphne Spain's American Women in Transition (Russell Sage Fdn., 1986), which analyzes the 1980 Census, and The Changing Lives of American Women ( LJ 11/15/88) are good interpretive companions. Recommended.-- Cynthia Harrison, Federal Judicial Ctr., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Compiled from data collected by such government sources as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this statistical handbook presents a portrait of women--birth, education, family life, health, economic and social circumstances, and death. The work is arranged alphabetically by title within five sections in tabular format. The tables (more than 260) and charts (more than 80) are assigned letters and numbers, which are used to access them from the table of contents or by subject from the index. Each section is introduced by a four- to five-page essay describing the significant aspects of the information. Coverage is broad, including topics from birth expectation and child care to occupations and living arrangements. The publication furnishes substantial information about young women. Most of the material compares data over decades and varies in currency, with the most recent covering early 1995. Tables offer a variety of reliable, interesting, and useful statistics that respond to questions relating, e.g., to the need for married women to work or preparation for professional and managerial careers. Although the data may be found scattered in standard government sources, they are conveniently located here in one volume. Recommended for collections on women's issues. M. Rosenthal Nassau Community College