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

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"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820455020
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Studies in Crime and Punishment
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Definitions, Examples, and Analytical Tools 3
Sex/Gender 3
Patriarchy 3
Feminism 5
Analytical Tools 5
Two Court Cases as Examples 8
Ch. 2 Citizenship, Constitutional Rights, and Equality: Elusive Goals 13
Early American Institutions 14
Women Challenge the Law of Domestic Relations 16
Constitutional Challenges 19
Ch. 3 Participating in the Criminal Justice System 35
Law Enforcement and Corrections 36
The Practice of Law 45
Jury Service 51
Ch. 4 Women and Girls as Victims 55
Living in a Climate of Violence 55
Rape 59
Woman Battering/Domestic Violence 65
Criminal Justice Responses 75
Stalking 82
Sexual Harassment 84
The VAWA Perspective 88
Ch. 5 Victims and Offenders: Gender as the Link 89
Victims and Offenders: Delinquent Girls 96
Victims Who Become Offenders: Battered Women Who Kill 98
Prostitution: The Vicious Cycle 100
Ch. 6 Punishing Women: The Experience of Female Offenders 105
The Numbers 105
Behind the Numbers 106
Casualties in the War on Drugs 108
Establishing Prisons for Women 110
Prison Life 113
Women on Death Row 124
Ch. 7 Regulating Reproduction 129
Historical Background 131
Controlling the Unfit 134
Privacy and Reproductive Rights 135
Criminalizing Pregnant Women 139
Ch. 8 Concluding Thoughts 145
Notes 151
App. 1 The Seneca Falls Declaration 171
App. 2 Bradwell v. Illinois 175
App. 3 Muller v. Oregon 177
App. 4 Thompson v. Thompson 179
App. 5 Adkins v. Children's Hospital of the District of Columbia 181
App. 6 Hoyt v. Florida 183
App. 7 Frontiero v. Richardson 185
App. 8 United States v. Virginia 187
App. 9 Dothard v. Rawlinson 189
App. 10 Buck v. Bell 193
App. 11 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey 195
App. 12 Film and Fiction 199
Bibliography 203
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