Equal Protection of the Law?: Gender and Justice in the United States / Edition 1

Equal Protection of the Law?: Gender and Justice in the United States / Edition 1

by Mary Welek Atwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820455024

ISBN-13: 9780820455020

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This book, grounded in American women’s history, explores the ongoing process of taking gender into account in the U.S. justice system. Women came late to the making, applying, and enforcing of the law. How has the creation of the law by and for men affected women? How has increased participation of women in the justice system made a difference?
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Overview

This book, grounded in American women’s history, explores the ongoing process of taking gender into account in the U.S. justice system. Women came late to the making, applying, and enforcing of the law. How has the creation of the law by and for men affected women? How has increased participation of women in the justice system made a difference?
Equal Protection of the Law? Gender and Justice in the United States provides a readable account of the evolution of women’s constitutional status, as well as stories of their participation in the criminal justice system as workers, victims, and offenders. It focuses on how the experiences of prior generations can illuminate the continued challenges of gender and inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820455020
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Studies in Crime and Punishment , #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Chapter 1Definitions, Examples, and Analytical Tools3
Sex/Gender3
Patriarchy3
Feminism5
Analytical Tools5
Two Court Cases as Examples8
Chapter 2Citizenship, Constitutional Rights, and Equality: Elusive Goals13
Early American Institutions14
Women Challenge the Law of Domestic Relations16
Constitutional Challenges19
Chapter 3Participating in the Criminal Justice System35
Law Enforcement and Corrections36
The Practice of Law45
Jury Service51
Chapter 4Women and Girls as Victims55
Living in a Climate of Violence55
Rape59
Woman Battering/Domestic Violence65
Criminal Justice Responses75
Stalking82
Sexual Harassment84
The VAWA Perspective88
Chapter 5Victims and Offenders: Gender as the Link89
Victims and Offenders: Delinquent Girls96
Victims Who Become Offenders: Battered Women Who Kill98
Prostitution: The Vicious Cycle100
Chapter 6Punishing Women: The Experience of Female Offenders105
The Numbers105
Behind the Numbers106
Casualties in the War on Drugs108
Establishing Prisons for Women110
Prison Life113
Women on Death Row124
Chapter 7Regulating Reproduction129
Historical Background131
Controlling the Unfit134
Privacy and Reproductive Rights135
Criminalizing Pregnant Women139
Chapter 8Concluding Thoughts145
Notes151
Appendices
Appendix 1The Seneca Falls Declaration171
Appendix 2Bradwell v. Illinois175
Appendix 3Muller v. Oregon177
Appendix 4Thompson v. Thompson179
Appendix 5Adkins v. Children's Hospital of the District of Columbia181
Appendix 6Hoyt v. Florida183
Appendix 7Frontiero v. Richardson185
Appendix 8United States v. Virginia187
Appendix 9Dothard v. Rawlinson189
Appendix 10Buck v. Bell193
Appendix 11Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey195
Appendix 12Film and Fiction199
Bibliography203

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