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100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present

By Deborah G. Felder

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Presents biographies, in order of importance, of women who have had significant cultural and historical influence in fields such as law, science, entertainment, sports, social reform, and politics

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The author of several children's books, Felder has compiled a ranking of 100 eminent women plus 49 others who received honorable mention. Unfortunately, the methodology for choosing and ranking the names is not well described. Professors in women's studies departments at American colleges and universities were asked to choose the ten most influential women from a list of 150 names. The number of surveys distributed and the number actually returned are not mentioned; the rankings turn out to be based on the author's opinions ("my choices," she mentions in the introduction). There is no clear way to explain why, for instance, Elizabeth I ranks number 16 after Simone de Beauvoir but ahead of Rosa Parks. Other dictionaries of women's biography are more comprehensive and more clear-cut in their methodology. Index to Women of the World from Ancient to Modern Times: A Supplement (LJ 3/15/89) and Notable American Women (LJ 3/15/72) are only two of many. A marginal purchase at best.?Patricia A. Beaber, Trenton State Coll. Lib., N.J. Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.

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