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No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship

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This pioneering study redefines women's history in the United States by focusing on civic obligations rather than rights. Looking closely at thirty telling cases from the pages of American legal history, Kerber's analysis reaches from the Revolution, when married women did not have the same obligation as their husbands to be "patriots," up to the present, when men and wome ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Hill and Wang (first published 1998)
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Siria
Aug 08, 2007 Siria rated it it was amazing
A really fascinating look at women's history in the United States from the late eighteenth century through to the nineties, framed not in terms of the struggle to gain equal rights, but in terms of the struggle to gain equal obligations under the law--whether to vote, to serve on juries, to fight on the front lines in combat situations, etc.

Meticulously researched and cogently argued, Kerber looks at how the refusal to legislate for women's obligations within these spheres had a negative impact
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Jennifer
Jun 29, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A complex and nuanced look at the relationship between the rights and obligations of citizenship and the way that gender (and to some extent race) has impacted the relationship. Kerber clearly shows that these issues have not been resolved but are still being debated today.
AskHistorians
Kerber flips the history of "women's rights" on its head - looking at the history of women's obligations as citizens, and the conflict between women who want formal equality and women who want "special" protection.
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May 13, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful book, and should be of great interest to all those who think about the equality of women and men. Linda Kerber addresses the meaning of citizenship, and how citizen's obligations to the United States have been linked to gender and been understood over time.
Niki
A must read for everyone to understand women's role and rights in American society
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Mar 22, 2015 Kate Arms rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at how women have been treated as under fewer obligations to the state throughout US history.
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Jun 02, 2012 Galen Miller rated it it was amazing
Great perspective, albeit a slow read. Depressing with the redundant actions restricting women's freedoms.
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An amazing and eye-opening book featuring several actual court cases that shaped women's history from the revolutionary period to the 1970s. Highly readable and insightful.
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Linda Kerber is a professor of History and Law at the University of Iowa.
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