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Law, gender, and injustice : a legal history of U.S. women / Joan Hoff.

By: Hoff, Joan, 1937-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Feminist crosscurrents: Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c1991Description: xi, 525 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0814734677 (cloth); 9780814734674 (cloth).Subject(s): Sex discrimination against women -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History | Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History | Women's rights -- United States -- HistoryDDC classification: 346.7301/34 | 347.306134 Other classification: 86.52 | 15.85
Contents:
Introduction: Toward a theory of women's legal history -- The masculinity of U.S. Constitutionalism -- Women and the American Revolution -- From British subjects to U.S. citizens -- Constitutional neglect, 1787-1872 -- Constitutional discrimination, 1872-1908 -- Constitutional protection, 1908-1963 -- Constitutional equality, 1963-1990 -- The limits of liberal legalism: marriage, divorce, pregnancy, and abortion -- The epitome of liberal legalism: the ERA and pornography -- Beyond liberal legalism: from equality to equity -- Appendix 1: Married women's property acts, 1800-1900 -- Appendix 2: 1848 Declaration of Sentiments -- Appendix 3: 1876 Declaration of Rights -- Appendix 4: Constitutional amendments -- Appendix 5: Summary of litigation and legislation, 1963-1990 -- Appendix 6: 1989 Declaration of Interdependence.
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Includes bibliographical references (489-507) and index.

Introduction: Toward a theory of women's legal history -- The masculinity of U.S. Constitutionalism -- Women and the American Revolution -- From British subjects to U.S. citizens -- Constitutional neglect, 1787-1872 -- Constitutional discrimination, 1872-1908 -- Constitutional protection, 1908-1963 -- Constitutional equality, 1963-1990 -- The limits of liberal legalism: marriage, divorce, pregnancy, and abortion -- The epitome of liberal legalism: the ERA and pornography -- Beyond liberal legalism: from equality to equity -- Appendix 1: Married women's property acts, 1800-1900 -- Appendix 2: 1848 Declaration of Sentiments -- Appendix 3: 1876 Declaration of Rights -- Appendix 4: Constitutional amendments -- Appendix 5: Summary of litigation and legislation, 1963-1990 -- Appendix 6: 1989 Declaration of Interdependence.

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Hoff (history, Indiana University) has written what will surely be a controversial work on the legal history of women in the US. A discussion of women during the colonial period is followed by a legal history of women through five identifiable periods: constitutional neglect (1787-1872), constitutional discrimination (1872-1908), constitutional protection (1908-1963), constitutional equality (1963-1987), and the current constitutional period beginning in 1987. Hoff's basic premise is that advances in the rights of women have come in a "too little, too late" pattern, recognizing civil rights for women only when those rights are no longer valued by the male hierarchy (e.g., voting rights, employment rights). Taking on both conservatives and liberals, Hoff argues that the liberal legal system will not resolve the problem and a more radical approach is necessary, one that pursues not equality for women but equity. Otherwise, women in the US "will continue to become progressively more liberated by male standards without being effectively emancipated." This radical approach must, she argues, put women into the Constitution on female and not male terms. This work is further bolstered by extensive endnotes and six appendixes that list various acts, litigation, constitutional amendments, and declarations relating to the progress of women's rights over the course of US history. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students.-M. W. Bowers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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