Women in Society Reviews

Objectification of Women in the Media: ISBN 978-1-68282-543-3 / eBook: 978-1-68282-544-0
Violence Against Women: ISBN 978-1-68282-545-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-546-4
Women and Feminism Today: ISBN 978-1-68282-547-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-548-8
Women and Sports: ISBN 978-1-68282-549-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-550-1
Women and the Family: ISBN 978-1-68282-551-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-552-5
Women in the Workplace: ISBN 978-1-68282-553-2 / eBook: 978-1-68282-554-9
School Library Journal, Starred Review, May 1, 2019

Gr 8 Up—For all the positive strides that women have made in American society, there is still significant work to be done. The portrayal of women in the media, the evolution of feminism, and the changing face of the American family are thoroughly explored. The continuing struggle for representation in the sports field, as well as harassment, victimization, violence, and the recent #TimesUp and #MeToo movements are covered. Intersectionality and the experiences of women of color are frequently addressed. As many of the books’ concerns are global issues, the UN’s efforts to foster awareness are discussed. Men and fatherhood factor into the discourse, adding an impressive thoroughness. VERDICT This current, honest look at female achievement and changing social norms is a necessary resource for YA audiences.

Women and Sports: ISBN 978-1-68282-549-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-550-1
Booklist, Starred Review, April 1, 2019

Booklist Starred Review

In engaging, matter-of-fact language, this entry in the Women in Society series (6 titles) offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging perspective on women in sports. Going well beyond the history of Title IX and individual athletes, the book covers gaps in wages, sponsorships, and prize winnings; inequality in media coverage, including the dearth of women in sports journalism; how objectification and expectations of femininity often beleaguer talented professional athletes in spite of their accomplishments; the discrimination inherent in gender testing, which prevents a broad range of women from being allowed to participate in sports; and many other topics. Buckey makes a very persuasive case that the issue is much bigger than merely getting more women and girls on the field; rather, there‘s a pervasive attitude reinforcing the stereotype that only men are interested in sports. Photos of athletes in action, quotes from female athletes and sports professionals, and inset boxes focusing on specific topics break up the engaging text, and ample source notes and further reading nicely back up the author’s argument. An illuminating take on a high-interest topic.
—Sarah Hunter