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The Boundaries Of Her Body: A Legal History Of Women's Rights In America

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Through detailed insight and the use of many actual court cases, The Boundaries of Her Body reveals the realities of the biology of a woman and how it has controlled her legal rights.

Reproductive and abortion rights, privacy issues, medical advances and bodily integrity are not the only topics that are tackled. Property ownership, domestic abuse, and employment discrimina

Paperback, 787 pages
Published by Longman Publishing Group (first published March 1st 2003)
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I read this because I am teaching The Handmaid's Tale again, and this seemed like a good sourcebook. It will make you rather angry, but it does also make some things currently going on a bit clearer.

I have to give Rowland credit; she takes what could be a really dry topic for non-lawyers, and writes it with engrossing prose. You do not have to be a lawyer to understand this book, and there is plenty in this massive tome.

You just don't really realize you are ready a tome.
Mikey B.
Oct 22, 2012 Mikey B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Boundaries of Her Body

This is a history of woman’s rights in America. The scope of this book – and it is a huge and heavy book – is wide and due to the subject matter highly interesting. We should always be concerned with what is slightly more than one half of the population. We should also be concerned that women continue, but to a lesser extent then 60 years ago, to be treated as second class citizens. Yes – second class – why for instance are there so few female politicians and business l
Jan 04, 2008 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite the eye-opener, this book might make you wish you had become a lawyer and will definitely get you riled up. Even with a title that shows it has a bias, I was pleased by the lack of that typical angry-feminist rhetoric which tends to keep an otherwise worthy book from influencing those who need influencing most. The fact that it covers the history of women's REAL rights—the law as it is carried out—in America by analyzing court decisions makes its credibility unquestionable, which is exactl ...more
Rachel Willis
Jul 26, 2011 Rachel Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rachel by: I found it while wandering the non-fiction section at the library
This is a must read for everyone, but is especially important for women to see how legal precedent has made it harder for women to have an equal place in American society.
Sep 19, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boundaries of her body should be required reading for the completion of all degrees in Women’s Studies. The heft of the work is daunting yet the author’s presentation, knowledge and through research while impressive, makes the topic quite accessible to the lay reader. Her passion practically leaps from each page.

“Women were good or bad. Often “dumb,” but rarely smart. Childlike and foolish. Submissive by godly mandate. And always the tools of men. These were the early themes that sha
Angela Ross Williams
This book goes beyond outstanding to me as an American female. Did you know The Woman's Right To vote was tacked onto the Civil Rights bill as a joke; the higher ups did not think the civil rights bill would pass. Debran Rowland Esq., my hat is off to you. Continue to keep us educated on the TRUTH behind legal issues.
from this book, i learned that being a liberal is ABSOLUTELY POINTLESS.
Sunny Rae
Mar 24, 2008 Sunny Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: always-reading
So far very deep, and inspiring. Saddening also, obviously.
but, the farther i have gotten into it, i have some disturbing thoughts about, idk, god i guess. At genesis 3:16 it says that man will rule over the woman, and that she will obey(something like that...i think). It really bothered me, is god sexist? Is that for all women around the world, were women accidently placed below man, is a woman less important, or more important because we have a uterus? Lol, sounds silly, but it really does bot
May 17, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thoroughly researched book about the politics of abortion and its evolution in America by a lawyer. I recommend this book to anyone who calls themselves prochoice, or even prolife. It does have a bias, but not as much as some other books on abortion that I have read. It is fairly long though, so if you are looking for a short book on the issue, I recommend other books out there.
Jun 20, 2010 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great eye opener!
Aug 24, 2009 Ms. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An important part of understanding women's history in America is reading the legislative chronology of her rights, this book is a great tome for that.
Jun 18, 2008 Sunda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear and approachable yet thorough overview of legal history of women's status in U.S. Good read.
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