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Women in American Law: The Struggle Toward Equality from the New Deal to the Present, 3rd edition

Judith A. Baer
Women in American Law: The Struggle Toward Equality from the New Deal to the Present, 3rd edition
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1431-5
2002/388 pages/LC: 2002027583
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

Praise for the previous editions:

Choice Outstanding Academic Book!

"Firmly grounded in legal and feminist scholarship, [Baer's] writing style is ... refreshingly direct and accessible. Informative and provocative, her book is highly recommended for all levels, from general readers to graduate students and faculty."—Choice

"This is an outstanding work—a thorough and thoughtful summary of significant legal developments affecting women in the United States for about the past 60 years ."—Law Books in Review

"Women in American Law affirms the excellence of Judith Baer's scholarship. The book also exhibits her exceptional talent as a writer who is able to draw freely from literature, popular culture, and comedy to make her scholarly analysis accessible and entertaining."—Journal of Politics


Judith Baer presents a comprehensive and provocative account of women's legal status in the contemporary US. The third edition features new discussions on constitutional law, sexual harassment, child custody, advances in reproductive technology, the impact of "new federalism" in the Supreme Court, and the effects of war and recession on women’s status.


Judith A. Baer is a professor of political science at Texas A&M University. Her numerous publications include Our Lives Before the Law: Constructing a Feminist Jurisprudence, winner of the 1999 American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award for the best book in women and politics.


  • Introduction: Women and the Law.
  • Women and the Constitution.
  • Women and Employment.
  • Women's Intimate Lives: Beyond the Patriarchal Family.
  • Women and Reproduction.
  • Gateways and Barriers: Education and Participation.
  • Practitioners, Actors, Subjects: Women in the Legal System.
  • Conclusion: From Patriarchy Toward Equality.
  • Appendix: Research Guide.