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Petticoats and Prejudice - Women's Press Classics

Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada

by Constance Backhouse

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gender & the law, women in politics
list price: $57.95
category: Law
published: 2015
imprint: Women's Press
  • Joint winner, Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History
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Constance Backhouse is University Research Chair and Distinguished University Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and co-founder of the Feminist History Society.

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"Constance Backhouse has been a courageous trailblazer for feminist legal history in Canada. Petticoats & Prejudice speaks to her immense talents as an extraordinarily perceptive historian, storyteller, and legal analyst. Covering an impressive range of legal issues, including reproduction, violence, familial relations and labour, she analyzes the meanings and impact of the 19th century patriarchal legal system on women, as well as women's efforts to challenge that system. She brings law to life in a compelling, compassionate, and always incisive manner."— “Joan Sangster, Trent University

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Constance Backhouse

Constance Backhouse is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. She has published a number of prize-winning books such as Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada; Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950; and Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975. Her book, Claire L’Heureux-Dubé: A Life, was published in 2017. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2008.
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