Women's Rights And The Law

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Beginning with colonial times and moving to the present, Otten examines women's struggle for social, economic, political, and civic equality, using key Supreme Court decisions as the basis for chronicling the changing position of women in American society. Otten provides students with a knowledge base from which to address questions such as: Does the Constitution really protect women? Despite gains in status and legal protection, has the position of women in society really improved? What is the ultimate status of women as defined by U.S. law? Do the decisions of the Supreme Court reflect a consistency in the Court's thinking regarding women and their rightful place in society? When addressing issues related to women's rights, have the Justices of the Court engaged in social activism or simple judicial interpretation? Throughout, the author emphasizes that women's struggle for self-determination and equality is also that of men's.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275931841
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1993
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURA A. OTTEN is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Women's Studies at LaSalle University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Law, the Constitution, and the U.S. Supreme Court 8
Ch. 3 Women and Men, Girls and Boys: Separate and Equal? 16
Ch. 4 No Women Allowed: The Early History 35
Ch. 5 The Writing on the Wall: No Constitutional Protections for Women 55
Ch. 6 The Dawning of Enlightenment 80
Ch. 7 The Dawning Continues 97
Ch. 8 Biology versus the Law 110
Ch. 9 The Bumpy Road to the Present: Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward 129
Ch. 10 The Seesaw Continues 172
Ch. 11 The End of the Line 202
Ch. 12 Conclusion 231
Bibliography and Suggested Readings 235
Index 242
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    I love Laura Otten

    This book was stunningly phenomenal and I am highly impressed with Laura Otten's ability to interept and express her feelings on women's rights. I would highly recomend this excellent piece of literature to anyone even remotely interested in the subject of women's rights.

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