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Grant supports women/gender studies collection development
Press Release March 21, 2001

The Newark Public Library has received a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey State Library to strengthen its collection of circulating and reference materials in the areas of womenís and gender studies. To date, more than 150 new titles have been purchased and are now available for patron use.

"The field of womenís and gender studies is interdisciplinary," said Marianne K. Avery, assistant director for central library services and the project director for the grant. "It encompasses--among others--biography, arts, literature, history, law, politics, religion, psychology and sociology."

The major areas of development and selected titles purchased include:

        Arts, letters and entertainment: African-American Women Playwrights; Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature; Twentieth Century Italian Women Writers.

        Biography: Notable Twentieth Century Latin American Women; Significant Contemporary American Feminists; Women in World History.

        Ethnic concerns: African-American Women During the Civil War; Mothering Without a Compass: White Motherís Love, Black Sonís Courage; Psychotherapy With African-American Women.

        Families and the life cycle: Girls: Ordinary Girls and Extraordinary Pursuits; Girls Seen and Heard . . . Life Lessons for Our Daughters; Picture the Girl: Young Women Speak Their Minds.

        Feminisms and genders: Apples and Oranges: My Journey to Sexual Identity; Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories; Transgender Warriors.

        Gay and lesbian studies: Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures; Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet; Readerís Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies.

        Health, fitness and body image: Adidos Barbie; Encyclopedia of Womenís Health and Wellness; Women Afraid to Eat.

        History, repression and emancipation: From Suffrage to the Senate: An Encyclopedia of American Women in Politics; Illustrated History of Women; Political and Historical Encyclopedia of Women.

        Menís studies: Beyond Anger; Betrayed as Boys. . . Sexually Abused Men; Boyhood . . . A Multicultural Anthology.

        Nontraditional careers for women: American Women in Technology; Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science; Notable Women in Mathematics.

        Religion and spirituality: Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism; Book of Womenís Sermons: Hearing God in Each Otherís Voices; Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion.

For additional information, visit the libraryís online catalog (found at, or call the Arts and Humanities reference desk at (973) 733-7820, or the Business, Science and Technology reference desk at (973) 733-7779. 


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