Women today are creating a new brand of feminisma one that emphasizes political strength, spirituality, and a partnership model as a constructive force for change in society. This insightful work addresses the disparities related to women's status that continue to exist, but also takes stock of the real gains achieved by the women's movement. While its primary focus is the United States, Feminism also examines how multiculturalism and global thinking have infused today's feminists with a sense of widened responsibility for girls and women worldwide. Readers will find a cultural overview of society's changing perception of women and a thoughtful analysis of the directions feminism is taking today. Other sections include a chronology of significant events, a collection of biographical sketches, and annotated listings of organizations and print and nonprint resources, including Internet coverage. Rounded out by a comprehensive index, this volume is excellent for anyone seeking a one-stop reference work on feminism.