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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law$
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Tracy A. Thomas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814783047

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814783047.001.0001

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“What Do You Women Want?”

“What Do You Women Want?”

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law

Tracy A. Thomas

NYU Press

This chapter traces Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s earliest legal advocacy for marital property rights. It discusses Stanton’s deconstruction and critique of coverture, the law of legal disability and loss of rights for married women. It begins by outlining the women’s rights Declaration of Sentiments and Stanton’s work for reform of married women’s property acts and dower. Then, by exploring property as citizenship right, it identifies Stanton’s constitutional thought on the privileges and immunities clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Keywords:   coverture, Declaration of Sentiments, dower, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, equality, Fourteenth Amendment, marital property, privileges and immunities

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