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The Equal Rights Amendment  

Robyn Muncy

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Sep 2019
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), designed to enshrine in the Constitution of the United States a guarantee of equal rights to women and men, has had a long and volatile history. When ... More

Gender Rights and American Employment  

Katherine Turk

Throughout American history, gender, meaning notions of essential differences between women and men, has shaped how Americans have defined and engaged in productive activity. Work has been ... More

Politics of Reproductive Rights in 20th-Century America  

Rickie Solinger

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Nov 2017
The reproductive experiences of women and girls in the 20th-century United States followed historical patterns shaped by the politics of race and class. Laws and policies governing ... More

Roe v. Wade  

Mary Ziegler

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Jul 2017
Decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the United States. The 7-2 decision came at the end of a decades-long struggle to reform—and later ... More

The Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States  

Rebecca J. Mead

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Mar 2018
Woman suffragists in the United States engaged in a sustained, difficult, and multigenerational struggle: seventy-two years elapsed between the Seneca Falls convention (1848) and the ... More

Women and Sexual Assault in the United States, 1900–1940  

Mara Keire

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Mar 2019
In the United States, the history of sexual assault in the first half of the 20th century involves multiple contradictions between the ordinary, almost invisible accounts of women of all ... More

Women, Race, and the Law in Early America  

Terri L. Snyder

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Sep 2015
Everywhere across European and Indigenous settlements in 17th- and 18th-century North America and the Caribbean, the law or legal practices shaped women’s status and conditioned their ... More

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