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Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: NYU Press; 4 edition (April 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0814752292
ISBN-13: 978-0814752296

(ACLU Handbook Series)

The Rights of Women is a comprehensive guide that explains in detail the rights of women under present U.S. law, and how these laws can be used in the continuing struggle to achieve full gender equality at home, in the workplace, at school, and in society at large. The Rights of Women explores the concept of equal protection and covers topics including employment, education, housing, and public accommodations. This handbook also examines the specific issues of trafficking, violence against women, welfare reform, and reproductive freedom.

Using a straightforward question-and-answer format while translating the law into accessible language, this volume is a tool for individuals, lawyers, and advocates seeking to assert women's rights under the law.

Now in its fully revised and updated fourth edition, The Rights of Women is an invaluable guide to finding legal solutions to the most pressing issues facing women today.



? Lenora M. Lapidus is the director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project. She litigates constitutional and other gender discrimination cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, advocates before international human rights fora, engages in public policy efforts, and speaks on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focuses on economic justice, violence against women, women and girls in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and educational equity. Prior to becoming Director of the Women's Rights Project, she served as the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.
? Emily J. Martin is the deputy director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project. Ms. Martin undertakes a variety of litigation, including cases challenging gender discrimination in education, housing, employment, welfare administration, and public accommodations, with a special emphasis on the needs of low-income women and women of color. She also serves as president of the board of the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York City. Prior to joining to the Women's Rights Project, she worked as counsel at the National Women's Law Center, in Washington, D.C.
? Namita Luthra is a former staff attorney at the ACLU Women's Rights Project. She worked on a wide range of litigation, advocacy, and public education efforts to advance the rights of women and girls, including authoring reports on criminal justice matters relating to the effects over-incarceration and drug sentencing policies on women, and successfully litigating gender discrimination jury trials in federal court. Prior to joining the Women's Rights Project, Ms. Luthra was a staff attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York.

The ACLU Women's Rights Project (WRP) was founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and since that time has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women's full equality in American society, including as an active participant in virtually all major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court. The goal of WRP is to secure gender equality and ensure that all women and girls are able to lead lives of dignity. WRP advocates on behalf of the most marginalized communities to end structural oppression for all women.

Learn more about WRP at www.aclu.org/womensrights.

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