Women's Rights in the United States: A Documentary History


The passion, pain, victories, and disappointments of the struggle for women's social, political, legal, economic, and educational rights in America from colonial times through 1993 are dramatized in this comprehensive documentary history. A rich panoply of voices and viewpoints, from feminists of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds to opposition leaders, make this an important resource for research and student debate on landmark issues of social and political justice. Letters, personal narratives, policy statements, laws, court decisions, and even poetry are featured in the collection. Organized into five chronological periods, the 125 documents included here integrate the dynamics of the movement into the historical period in which they were written. Each period and each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction that puts it in historical context. The collection provides many documents not found elsewhere and shows that the struggle for women's rights is a process that is still continuing as we approach the 21st century.