Past Press Releases

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2015

The March/April 2015 issue of Women’s Review of Books (WRB) is now available in print, with select reviews available online. Women’s Review of Books provides a unique perspective on today’s literary landscape and features essays and in-depth reviews of new books by and about women.

“Since WRB’s founding in 1983, the publication has been developing an extensive network of writers and informal advisors among feminist scholars, activists, and journalists,” says Amy Hoffman, editor-in-chief of WRB. “As a result, as editor, I can always find a writer to say something interesting, intelligent, and even illuminating about any book we decide to assign.”

The cover story, on the book Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks, by Jordynn Jack, is particularly relevant to today’s debates about vaccination. Reviewed by University of Oregon historian Ellen Herman, the book explores changing definitions of the condition and its links to cultural constructs of motherhood and masculinity.

Some of the reviews in the March/April 2015 issue of Women’s Review of Books include: Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves, review by Marla R. Miller; Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church by Patricia Miller, review by Mary E. Hunt; Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America by Miriam Frank, and Steel Closets: Voices of Gay Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers by Anne Balay, reviews by Bettina Aptheker.

“WRB is just about the only place where you’ll find long-form, review-essays by expert, excellent writers that thoughtfully consider the newest women’s studies scholarship and analysis. I’m regularly surprised by the lack of overlap between WRB’s coverage and that in the New York Times,” says Hoffman.

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Women’s Review of Books has been published by the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, in collaboration with Old City Publishing since 1983. Since 1974, scholars at WCW have helped shape a better world through their social science research projects and training programs.