Feminist Jurisprudence

The Laws and Resolutions of Womens Rights:
Or the Lawes Provision for Women.

A Methodical Collection of Such Statutes and Customes, with the Cases, Opinions, Arguments and Points of Learning in the Law, as do Properly Concerne Women.

London: printed by the assigns of John More, 1632

This is the earliest book in English on the legal status and rights of women. It was commonly called "The Women's Lawyer."

The book assembles English statutes affecting women, maids, widows and children, and cites cases from English reports concerning marriage, divorce, polygamy (forbidden!), wooing, and elopement.

Lord Campbell spoke of this as a "learned work on the subject of marriage," while W.S. Holdsworth in his History of English Law calls this a "curious work." Although it is in no way a proponent of equal rights, the text is an influential foremother to a distinguished line of treatises on domestic relations in common law.

Lent by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York


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