Laws and Women's Rights
- Affirmative Action
- ERA - Equal Rights Amendment
- Women's Property Laws (11)
- Reproductive Rights Law (6)
- Sex Discrimination (18)
AFDC - Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AFDC - Aid to Families with Dependent Children - defined, and related to women's history.
Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson
Landmark case in sexual harassment.
Minor v. Happersett
In 1874, the US Supreme Court ruled that women were not entitled to voting rights, despite the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Myra Bradwell biography - a profile of pioneer woman lawyer Myra Bradwell of Chicago.
Pennsylvania v. Addicks
In 1813, for the first time a US court decided that custody of children did not automatically rest with the father.
Persons Case and Famous Five
A description of the Persons Case in Canada.
President's Commission on the Status of Women
A history of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, 1961-1963, and its lasting effects.
Salic law defined and explained: European custom around women's inheritance of property and royal titles.
Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921
The Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921 was a ground-breaking law to fund maternity and infant health care.
Specific Bills for Specific Ills
What does "specific bills for specific ills" mean? Do specific bills for specific ills solve discrimination problems better than an Equal Rights Amendment?
United States v. Susan B. Anthony - 1873
When Susan B. Anthony voted in 1871, she was arrested, tried, and convicted in this test of women's citizenship rights.
Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld
A landmark case in women's equality.
Woman and Her Wishes - 1853
Thomas Wentworth Higginson. a 19th century activist and writer, was an advocate for women's rights. In this essay, first published in 1853 and addressed to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, Higginson presents an early argument for women's rights.
Women's Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment
A history of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, as it has been applied to women's rights.
Shall Women Be Equal Before the Law?
Elsie Hill and Florence Kelley wrote this 1922 article for The Nation, only two years after the winning of women's vote. They document on behalf of the National Woman's Party the status of women under the law at that time in various states, and propose, also on behalf of the National Woman's Party, a detailed Constitutional Amendment which they believed would remedy the inequalities while preserving appropriate protections for women under the law.