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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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“Still Many Obstacles”

(p.227) Conclusion
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law

Tracy A. Thomas

NYU Press

The conclusion reveals how Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s proposed reforms for gender equality in the family were achieved by the late twentieth century. It traces the movements in second-wave feminism and developments in family law, such as no-fault divorce, that came almost sixty years after Stanton. It shows how Stanton’s feminist legacy has been misappropriated, such as by anti-abortion advocates like the group Feminists for Life, who claim Stanton as an arch pro-life advocate. The chapter concludes by showing the persistence of cultural ideals of women’s domestic roles and the resistance to full gender autonomy and equality in the family, which Stanton envisioned.

Keywords:   anti-abortion, divorce, domesticity, family law, Feminists for Life, second-wave feminism

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