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Women and the law : leaders, cases, and documents / by Ashlyn K. Kuersten.

By: Kuersten, Ashlyn K.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2003Description: xxxiii, 256 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0874368782 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9780874368789 (hardcover : alk. paper); 1576077004 (e-book); 9781576077009 (e-book).Subject(s): Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History | Women lawyers -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Women and the law.DDC classification: 342.7308/78
Contents:
Key historical concepts and pioneers -- Constitutional equality -- Education -- Family law -- Reproductive rights -- Violence against women -- Workplace rights -- Documents.
Summary: A definitive overview of court decisions and legislative victories in the fight for gender equality in U.S. history.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Key historical concepts and pioneers -- Constitutional equality -- Education -- Family law -- Reproductive rights -- Violence against women -- Workplace rights -- Documents.

A definitive overview of court decisions and legislative victories in the fight for gender equality in U.S. history.

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All the entries in this encyclopedia are by Kuersten (Western Michigan Univ.). It opens with an introductory essay that summarizes the history of women and American law from the founding period to the present. Entries then appear under six topical headings: constitutional equality, education, family law, reproductive law, violence against women, and workplace rights. Each section explores concepts (e.g., coverture, battered women's syndrome), leaders (e.g., Lucretia Mott, Barbara Jordan), laws (e.g., Married Women's Property Act, Title IX), and cases (e.g., Reed v. Reed, U.S. v. Morrison). The collection concludes with documents (21), a chronology, and a table of cases. Because the volume collects a wide range of information, it is a valuable resource for libraries and researchers new to the field. Its usefulness as an academic text is more limited because it tends, as encyclopedias often do, to oversimplify (e.g., the 19th Amendment gave freed slaves, not freed male slaves, the right to vote; women's biggest obstacle to elective office is money, not incumbency), and to assume a high schoolish tone (e.g., Catharine MacKinnon's theories are "extremely controversial," and Carol Moseley Braun was born to a "policeman and his wife"). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and library collections serving lower-division undergraduates. S. Behuniak Le Moyne College

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<p> Ashlyn K. Kuersten is associate professor of political science at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.</p>

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