Women and the Law: Start Your Research in HeinOnline

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Shannon Furtak

In March 2014, HeinOnline released Women and the Law, a collection of books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This collection provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women's roles and rights in society over the past 200 years.

Today, the next United States presidential race is underway, and Hillary Clinton is favored to win the Democratic nomination. Carly Fiorina is a contender for the Republican nomination.

Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina are not the first women to run for president; in fact, five women since 1872 have sought the White House, according to this Time article. Previous candidates include Shirley Chisholm, who ran in 1972 with a platform based on equal rights and economic justice. Check out this feature about Chisholm from Women in Congress, 1917-2006available in the Women and the Law Collection. 

The prospect of a female President in 2016 suggests that the United States has made significant progress; however, gender inequality continues to persist in this country in many forms, according to this April 2015 CNN article. For instance:

  • The United States is one of only seven members of the United Nations that hasn't ratified CEDAW, which is considered an international bill of rights for women.
  • The United States is the only high-income, developed country that does not guarantee paid maternity leave.
  • Women earn 78% of what men are paid for full-time, year-round work. Women of color earn even less than that: Black women earn 64 cents and Latinas earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white male.
  • Women, who make up 51% of the U.S. population, occupy only 19.4% of Congressional seats.
  • Of the 197 constitutions in existence, only 32 do not include explicit gender equality guarantees; the United States Constitution falls into this minority. (Check out all national constitutions in HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated collection).

Search for "gender inequality" in HeinOnline's Women and the Law collection and receive these results, which include the title Equality before the Law: Justice for Women, available exclusively in this collection.

Other notable works available exclusively in Women and the Law include:

Create eTOC alerts to receive e-mailed updates when your favorite journals publish new material that pertains to the role of women in law and society, such as Women Lawyer's Journal and UCLA Women's Law Journal. Simply navigate to the title or use the Catalog Search option on the Welcome Page to locate the title. Watch this video for more detailed instructions on creating eTOC alerts.

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