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Women in Social Work Who Have Changed the World

Edited by Alice A. Lieberman

Publication Date - July 2009

ISBN: 9780190616052

236 pages
6 x 9.2 inches

Retail Price to Students: $54.00


"Social work," writes Alice Lieberman, "is the only profession for whom social justice is a core value." The fifteen extraordinary women profiled in this book have lived this core value to the furthest extent. Each of these women has used the teachings of the social work profession to enact profound social change in communities around the world.

This book describes the risks taken and sacrifices made by women from places as varied as Tanzania and East Baltimore, as different as India and Wisconsin, by women who undertake the heavy tasks of providing housing and food for HIV positive community members and designing programs for elder care in impoverished communities. These stories, told through personal interviews, prove that determination and strength of character can trump even the most intimidating hardships and obstacles.

Women in Social Work Who Have Changed the World is an absorbing, inspirational must-read for all social workers who have ever felt overwhelmed by the task of improving the lives of their clients, or for anyone who has ever doubted that one person can make an impact.


  • Demonstrates the breadth of skills that contemporary social work develops
  • Highlights unconventional forms of social work practice in a variety of cultural settings
  • Illustrates the barriers to community change and realities of social work practice around the world
  • Inspires readers to enact change

About the Author(s)

Alice A. Lieberman is Chancellor's Club Teaching Professor of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Social WorkOut Book; Social Work Practice with a Difference: Stories, Essays, Cases, and Commentaries (co-edited with Cheryl Lester); and the Social Work in a New Century series. She has also been co-principal investigator on several federal initiatives, funded by the Administration for Children and Families.

Table of Contents

    Part One: Change our World from Within: Social Workers in the Corridors of Power
    Chapter 1. Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman: A Social Worker at the Forefront of Foreign Policy, Alice Lieberman
    Chapter 2. The Honorable Barbara Mikulski: Fighting for Social Justice in the United States Senate, Kathryn Collins and Marceline Lazzari
    Chapter 3. Alicia Kirchner: Minister of Social Development in Argentina, Irene Queiro-Tajalli
    Chapter 4. Nazneen S. Mayadas: An Advocate for Refugees Worldwide, Uma A. Segal
    Chapter 5. Ada Deer: From a One-room Cabin to the Highest Levels of Government, Hilary Weaver
    Part Two: Women at the Grassroots: Building Social Change from the Ground Up
    Chapter 6. Quratulain Bakhteari: A Community Development Pioneer in Pakistan, Alice Lieberman
    Chapter 7. Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello: Improving Health in the Latino/a Community, Margaret S. Sherraden
    Chapter 8. Theresa Kaijage: The "Mama Teresa" of Tanzania, Dorie J. Gilbert
    Chapter 9. Mulu Haile: An Advocate for Ethiopian Women, Alice K. Butterfield and Tigest K. Abye
    Chapter 10. Sister Patricia Schlosser: From SRO's to Women Exiting Prison - a True Pioneer, Patricia O'Brien
    Chapter 11. Reverend Debra Trakel: Fighting for Milwaukee's Hungry, Homeless, and Displaced, Deborah Padgett
    Chapter 12. Sister Jean Abbott: Bringing Healing to Victims of Trauma Worldwide, Jami Curley and Susan S. Tebb
    Part Three: Bringing Social Work to the Rest of the World
    Chapter 13. Katherine A. Kendall: The Founder of International Social Work, Julia Watkins
    Chapter 14. Professor Armaity Desai: Reinterpreting Social Work in a Developing Country, Mahasweta Banerjee
    Chapter 15. Sattareh Farman Farmaian: Bringing Social Work Education to Iran, Alice Lieberman

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