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American University Washington College of Law    
  Feb 19, 2018
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LAW - 979 Women’s Legal History

(3 hrs.)

Examines the history of women’s legal status and experiences in the United States from the colonial era to the 1970s. For each period, we will consider the legal status and experiences of women (including advocacy for reform of women’s legal status) with regard to citizenship, suffrage, education, marriage and divorce, domestic violence, rape, reproductive autonomy, parenthood, labor and employment, and property, as relevant. In addition, students consider topics particular to each period, including prevalent ideologies and/or social movements. Finally, the course charts the history of women in legal education and the legal profession throughout this period. M. Clark Fall