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Justice and Gender

Justice and Gender

Sex Discrimination and the Law

Deborah L. Rhode

ISBN 9780674491014

Publication date: 10/01/1991

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive investigation of gender and the law in the United States. Deborah Rhode describes legal developments over the last two centuries against a background of historical and sociological changes in women’s activities and attitudes toward these new developments. She shows the way cultural perceptions of gender influence and in turn are influenced by legal constructions, and what this complicated interaction implies about the possibility—or impossibility—of using law as a tool of social change.


  • The definitive treatment of the American legal system’s struggle to deal with issues pertaining to gender… The strength of Rhode’s analysis, however, is not its historical aspect but its probing view of modern gender issues… The focus is always on the deeper forces that have led to gender disadvantage… There is much to be learned from reading this volume.

    —Victoria J. Dodd, Bimonthly Review of Law Books


  • Deborah L. Rhode is Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford University.

Book Details

  • 440 pages
  • 1-1/4 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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