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U.S. Women''s Interest Groups : Institutional Profiles

By: Slavin, Sarah.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, 1995Description: 1 online resource (686 p.).ISBN: 9780313037641.Subject(s): Pressure groups -- United States -- Directories | Women -- United States -- Societies and clubs -- Directories | Women’s rights -- United States -- Societies, etc. -- DirectoriesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: U.S. Women''s Interest Groups : Institutional ProfilesDDC classification: 305.406073 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
CONTENTS; PREFACE; INTRODUCTION; U.S. WOMEN'S INTEREST GROUPS; Appendix I: GOVERNMENTAL WOMEN'S ISSUES GROUPS; Appendix II: QUESTIONNAIRE SENT TO WOMEN'S INTEREST GROUPS; INDEX; CONTRIBUTORS
Summary: No other reference analyzes the origins, development, programs, publications, and political action of 180 major American organizations concerned with women''s issues in such depth. Over 100 experts give an overview of how national women''s groups of all kinds and representing varied and broad segments of society have had an impact on a wide array of public policy issues in Washington in recent years. An introduction provides a content analysis, general background, and historical sketch for the profiles, which are arranged alphabetically. An appendix describes six government agencies of primary importance in handling women''s issues, as agenda setters and bridges. A second appendix consists of the questionnaire which was sent to each organization covered in the volume.||The alphabetically arranged profiles cover organizations with all types of goals and concerns, different racial and ethnic identification, church and temple affiliations: civil, elderly, professional, and occupational associations; social and sorority groups; labor and business organizations; not-for-profit and for-profit groups; research centers; and both partisan and nonpartisan organizations. Students, teachers, professionals in governmental and nongovernmental agencies, researchers, and citizen activists will find that this handy sourcebook is a treasury of authoritative information about how private citizens work to affect national policy and legislation in essential ways.
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CONTENTS; PREFACE; INTRODUCTION; U.S. WOMEN'S INTEREST GROUPS; Appendix I: GOVERNMENTAL WOMEN'S ISSUES GROUPS; Appendix II: QUESTIONNAIRE SENT TO WOMEN'S INTEREST GROUPS; INDEX; CONTRIBUTORS

No other reference analyzes the origins, development, programs, publications, and political action of 180 major American organizations concerned with women''s issues in such depth. Over 100 experts give an overview of how national women''s groups of all kinds and representing varied and broad segments of society have had an impact on a wide array of public policy issues in Washington in recent years. An introduction provides a content analysis, general background, and historical sketch for the profiles, which are arranged alphabetically. An appendix describes six government agencies of primary importance in handling women''s issues, as agenda setters and bridges. A second appendix consists of the questionnaire which was sent to each organization covered in the volume.||The alphabetically arranged profiles cover organizations with all types of goals and concerns, different racial and ethnic identification, church and temple affiliations: civil, elderly, professional, and occupational associations; social and sorority groups; labor and business organizations; not-for-profit and for-profit groups; research centers; and both partisan and nonpartisan organizations. Students, teachers, professionals in governmental and nongovernmental agencies, researchers, and citizen activists will find that this handy sourcebook is a treasury of authoritative information about how private citizens work to affect national policy and legislation in essential ways.

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This informative source book describes some of the prominent women's organizations in the US. Since the editor did not attempt to identify every women's organization, her book is not meant to be as inclusive as Encyclopedia of Women's Associations Worldwide, ed. by J.K. Barrett (CH, Feb'94), which lists 3,400 groups, or the National Council for Research on Women's NWO: A Directory of National Women's Organizations (1992- ), which lists 477. The information here is mainly based on responses to a questionnaire. Nearly 200 women's organizations, from AIDS Coalition to Zonta International, are included. Special efforts were made to list every major organization of color, except sororities. Many religious groups representing various denominations are included. To be listed organizations had to meet one or more of five criteria: (1) there is some connection to women; (2) membership is confined to women; (3) they serve specific women's interests; (4) they represent a traditional women's role; and (5) they take positions on issues of concern to women. Each organizational profile gives origin and development, organization and funding, policy concerns and tactics, and further information (the latter lists the organization's publications and a bibliography). The information about policy and tactics can be useful to those interested in an organization's previous activities and future directions. The book describes legislative issues on which some of these organizations took stands and what their future tactics will be. It also cites interorganizational relationships and activities. Cross-references include former names of organizations and names of merged groups. Although organizations included are somewhat random--those that returned the questionnaire--this sourcebook represents diversity in both organizations and emphases. Useful both to identify women's issues groups and as an overview of the women's movement. Highly recommended for libraries supporting women's studies and related programs. E. L. Yang University of Colorado at Denver

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<p>SARAH SLAVIN is Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies Unit Coordinator, State University of New York College at Buffalo. She has authored an intellectual history of feminism in the United States (1979), and coauthored a history of attitudes toward women (1988), as well as published articles and chapters about public law and jurisprudence and women and politics. She edited Volume 8 of the Female Studies Series (1975) and the journal Women & Politics (1979-86). She has served as president of the Women's Caucus for Political Science and Seneca Falls National Women's Center and Educational Institute, copresident of Remove Intoxicated Drivers Niagara Frontier chapter and cocoordinator of the Gay and Lesbian Caucus for Political Science. In the mid 1970s she was part of the National Organization for Women's National Leadership. She has underway a volume on lesbian and gay citizenship politics in the United States.</p>

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