Journal Article

LEGISLATING EQUALITY

PATRICIA McGEE CROTTY

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 10, issue 3, pages 317-333
Published in print December 1996 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 1996 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/10.3.317
LEGISLATING EQUALITY

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Constitutional and statutory provisions structure how equally men and women are treated. This study examines these provisions in sixty-four nations to determine how these laws affect women's status. Special attention is given to family law because laws that regulate marriage, divorce, inheritance, and reproduction affect how men and women lead their everyday lives. This analysis of statutory rights under family law, equal rights amendments, and suffrage amendments suggests that political participation may be more effective than formal constitutional guarantees in obtaining laws that grant women equality in the home. This legal status is strongly associated with narrowing the gender gap that exists within nations.

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