Women and Magna Carta

Author: Carolyn Harris
Book: Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights

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"Magna Carta guaranteed noble widows freedom from forced remarriage. 800 years later, there are still women around the world who do not enjoy freedom of choice regarding marriage. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that a woman's right to choose a spouse and enter freely into marriage is central to her life and dignity, and equality as a human being. This right has been continually reaffirmed by the United Nations since the Declaration was adopted, demonstrating that centuries afte…more


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