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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law

Tracy A. Thomas


This book analyzes the feminist and legal thought of women’s rights founder Elizabeth Cady Stanton on gender equality in the family. It discusses Stanton’s theories on marriage, divorce, marital property, domestic violence, reproductive control, and parenting. Revealing Stanton's comprehensive demand for systemic legal reform, it challenges conventional depictions of the narrowness of early feminism, the development of family law, and women's assumed acquiescence in domestic subordination. Stanton demanded change to the institutions of government, church, family, and work, which constituted “a ... More

Keywords: domestic relations, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, equality, family, feminism, gender, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780814783047
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814783047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracy A. Thomas, author
University of Akron School of Law