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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.
|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|
|Bibliography and Suggested Readings||235|
Posted June 27, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.