The Rights of Women, Third Edition: The Basic ACLU Guide to Women's Rights

The Rights of Women, Third Edition: The Basic ACLU Guide to Women's Rights

by Susan Deller Ross, Kary L. Moss, Deborah A. Ellis, Isabelle K. Pinzler, Kary L. Moss
     
 

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Throughout much of American history, discrimination against women has been rooted in the legal system. When Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott called the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, one of their major concerns was a legal system that profoundly discriminated against women. It deprived all women of the right to

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Throughout much of American history, discrimination against women has been rooted in the legal system. When Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott called the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, one of their major concerns was a legal system that profoundly discriminated against women. It deprived all women of the right to vote and also prohibited women from engaging in many occupations and professions, including the practice of law. The legal system was particularly hard on the married women, depriving them of all rights—in effect rendering them "civilly dead." The system is hardly perfect now, but women have fought and won major legal battles that provide significantly more protection under the law.

Using a question-and-answer format, this ACLU handbook explains in detail how women can use the laws currently on the books in their continuing struggle to gain real equality in the family, marketplace, workplace, and academia.

Topics covered include employment, education, parenting, family law, and reproductive freedom. This handbook also examines criminal proceedings, insurance, the military, credit, and the rights of homeless women.

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“While it is intended for the lay person, [The Rights of Women] does not oversimplify the subject. In fact, it is detailed enough to be a useful starting point for an attorney with little or no familiarity with these issues.”—Bimonthly Review of Law Books

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In a question-and-answer format, discusses employment, education, parenting, family law, and reproductive freedom, as well as criminal proceedings, insurance, the military, credit, and the rights of homeless women. Like others in the series, the purpose is to provide information for non-lawyers; women are advised to show relevant portions of the handbook to their legal counsel to help point the way for their case. Women with no case to make per se will still find much of interest about their rights as they exist according to current laws (with some commentary on what laws are not but should be on the books). The previous (1983) edition was cataloged under "Ross." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
Established in the 1920s, The American Civil Liberties Union is one of the largest and most visible non-federal organizations for defending the rights of women and individuals. Consistently at the forefront in protecting the rights of women and fighting sex-biased discrimination, in 1971 it formed the Women's Rights Project which has successfully litigated a multitude of sex-discrimination cases in the Supreme Court.

Lip service to the contrary, discrimination is still intact in this country, subtle or otherwise. Questions of what is legal or what constitutes discrimination come up all the time, and there is a lot of misinformation going around. The Rights of Women covers the law and women in the areas of employment, pregnancy, education, divorce, violence against women and reproductive rights. This guide is specifically aimed clarifying what your rights are and what you can do if they are violated. Presented in an easy to understand question and answer format, it will give you the answers you have a right to know. Every woman should have one!
—Ilene Rosoff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809316335
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Series:
ACLU Handbook Series
Edition description:
3rd Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.63(d)

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Meet the Author

Susan Deller Ross is a professor of law at the University of Georgetown Law Center. Her publications include a law school casebook entitled Sex Discrimination and the Law; several articles on women’s legal rights; and judicial training materials on child custody, visitation, and spousal support for the Women Judges Fund for justice.

Isabelle Katz Pinzler has been director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project since 1978.

Deborah A. Ellis is legal director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Kary L. Moss has been a staff attorney with the Women’s Rights Project since 1988. She has published extensively on governmental efforts to punish women for their prenatal behavior and on accessing health care for low-income women.

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