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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 women, ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1998)
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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
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.
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.
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.
Galen Miller
Great perspective, albeit a slow read. Depressing with the redundant actions restricting women's freedoms.
A must read for everyone to understand women's role and rights in American society
Every American woman should read this book.
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Linda Kerber is a professor of History and Law at the University of Iowa.
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