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Freedman, Estelle B. No turning back; the history of feminism and the future of women.

Ballantine. 446p. notes. bibliog. index. c2002. 0-345-45053-1. $15.95.

Unable to name one book that would cover the entire history of feminism, Women's Studies professor Estelle B. Freedman decided she needed to write one. No Turning Back is based on lectures given at Stanford University, but has been broadened to cover the full range of the past, present and future of feminism. Scholarly and well documented, the book is a wonderful source of information about the people and the times that have shaped our present concept of feminism.

While this book could easily be the basis of a course, it is also appropriate for informal discussion groups, personal reading or for personal reference. Topics cover the definition and history of feminism and the areas of women's place at work and in the family, health and sexuality, art and politics. This is more than a compilation of facts and figures, as it combines statistics with stories of real people struggling to understand their role in society as women. Senior high school and college students, as well as adults, will find the writing style easy to read, but the sheer volume of information makes this a book one wants to refer to again and again, both for personal understanding and for use in research papers.

Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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