Women and the Law in U.S. History


This course not only explores the legal status of women in the United States, but also considers broader questions about both the history of women history and the dynamics of law. Challenging the usual narrative, which emphasizes the acquisition of rights over time, the course focuses on the women’s changing relationship to the law over time and consider the various ways that women used and even reshaped the law, even in periods when they could not claim rights in their own names. We will use legal records from the colonial period to the present, along with a variety of other sources and readings.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • CZ
  • SS
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring