Supreme Court Decisions and Womens Rights / Edition 2

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Gr 9 Up—A thorough, updated history of the high court's cases involving women's rights. Divided into 11 chapters, the text presents a chronology of legal decisions beginning with the post-Civil War era when women sought to enter various professions and claim suffrage. Other chapters encompass topics such as jury duty, women's rights within the family, single-sex schools, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and reproductive rights. The chapters cite and quote from pertinent cases and offer historical context. Importantly, the arrangement allows readers to see the evolution of rights and laws within the changing social, economic, and political landscape of the country. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions are scattered throughout, and edifying sidebars offer appealing additional information. The final chapter, "Leading the Way" chronicles female attorneys who first argued before the Supreme Court, the first female law clerks, and the four women who have served or are currently serving on the high court. A great resource for reports and a handy reference tool for students and teachers alike.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
VOYA - Debbie Wenk
Romantic Paternalism is the name of the first chapter in this book and explains quite effectively the prevailing attitude toward women for much of human history. Based on the notion that women were the weaker sex and needed protection, legal and social customs were guided by this legal doctrine until women began to challenge it in the mid- to late- nineteenth century. This book sets out to chronicle those Supreme Court decisions that directly affected women's rights. All aspects of the law and women's rights are covered in chapters titled Jury Duty, Sex Discrimination, Women in the Family, Single-Sex Schools, Discrimination in the Workplace, Reproductive Rights, and more. Generally each chapter's topic is covered chronologically from the earliest cases to the most recent. Within each chapter, key cases are detailed and primary participants are highlighted. There is some duplication of information between the chapters—-specifically, the VMI case is covered in two chapters. Readers may be surprised to discover that it was not always women who brought cases of discrimination based on gender. Many people are familiar with the case involving the admission of women to VMI or the case that resulted in Title IX, but how many know about the man who sued because Social Security granted survivor benefits to widows, but not to widowers? Reviewer: Debbie Wenk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608714070
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 351
  • Sales rank: 1,125,143
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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