“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
The Rights of Women, Third Edition: The Basic ACLU Guide to Women's Rightsby Susan Deller Ross, Kary L. Moss, Deborah A. Ellis, Isabelle K. Pinzler, Kary L. Moss
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
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.
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!
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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