Women And The Law / Edition 1

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Women and the Law: Leaders, Cases, and Documents chronicles the evolution of women's rights from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Spanning the gamut of legal concepts, court decisions, justices, and organizations, this extensive reference also explores a broad range of issues from sexual harassment and spousal abuse to the gender gap in voting and the custody challenge of Baby M.

Profiles of Susan B. Anthony, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anita Hill, Betty Friedan, and other activists explore their roles in bringing the issue of equal rights for women to the forefront of U.S. politics. A thorough review of key legislative acts, including the 19th Amendment, the Equal Pay Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments, and more recent rulings like the Violence against Women Act of 1994 reveals the successes, failures, and tenacious efforts of those who are fighting to achieve gender equality in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[T]his work provides a wealth of information on an important topic, is well-organized, and contains well-written entries . . . it is a highly recommended purchase for public, high school, and undergraduate libraries."


American Reference Books Annual

"This is a well-written reference work on the history of and themes related to women and law in the United States. . . . An excellent choice for high school, public, and college libraries."


Feminist Collections

"Kuersten's volume is more current and focuses on women in the legal and political arenas. It should prove useful in academic and large public libraries."



"Because the volume collects a wide range of information, it is a valuable resource for libraries and researchers new to the field . . . Recommended. General readers and library collections serving lower-division undergraduates."



"This well-written and well-researched book would be useful in high school and public libraries with a strong demand for the topic."



University professor Kuersten delivers exactly what she promises in the title of this slim encyclopedia. Key concepts, landmark cases, important people, and documents regarding women and legal issues in the United States are explained in clear, concise language. Of special note are the entries regarding landmark court cases, brief but thorough explanations of the issues and actors involved. It is obvious that a great deal of research went into this book; however, references are provided for a very limited number of entries. A section of source documents, which includes the text of speeches by Margaret Sanger and Shirley Chisholm as well as legal documents such as Title IX and the Equal Pay Act, is particularly useful. A brief introduction gives a well-written overview of gender equality in the nation, and a helpful chronology rounds out the text. The only major problem with this reference is the odd organizational structure. Instead of a straightforward alphabetical order, Kuersten organizes the book into sections including Key Historical Concepts and Pioneers, Constitutional Equality, and Violence Against Women, and then alphabetizes the entries under each topic heading. Because of this structure, it can be difficult to locate a specific person or concept using the table of contents alone. The index, however, overcomes this obstacle. This well-written and well-researched book would be useful in high school and public libraries with a strong demand for the topic. 2003, ABC-CLIO, 256p.; Index. Chronology., PLB. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Merideth Jenson-Benjamin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874368789
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Contemporary Legal Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Key Historical Concepts and Pioneers 1
Constitutional Equality 33
Education 69
Family Law 83
Reproductive Rights 103
Violence against Women 141
Workplace Rights 157
Documents 201
Chronology 227
Table of Cases 233
Index 237
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