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Women and the Law

A unique collection of books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the discussion of women’s rights over the past centuries, covering hot topics such as abortion, the education of women, women in the workforce, and more.

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About the Women and the Law Database

HeinOnline is pleased to offer Women and the Law (Peggy), a database that brings together thousands of books, biographies, and periodicals that allow users to research the progression of women’s rights over the past 200 years. Discover primary legal and political sources as well as secondary scholarly analysis of issues such as abortion, women in the workforce, the education of women, women’s suffrage, and more.

Affectionately nicknamed for the mother of Hein’s CEO (Margaret “Peggy” Marmion), this database also includes more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

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Featured Subcollections

Throughout the nineteenth century, American women fought for the right to vote in U.S. elections. To understand this era and the movement that partially defined it, access legislative histories, scholarly articles and periodicals, court briefs, and other documents that contextualize women’s suffrage and discuss the legal rights of women.

NOTABLE WORK: 

History of Woman Suffrage (1881-1922)
This work is published in six volumes and provides a history of women’s suffrage in the United States from the years 1848 to 1922. It was written by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, leaders of the National Woman Suffrage Association. 

While the push for women’s suffrage naturally promoted the education of women, complex issues still surround the topic, including gender equality and access to education, the question of single-sex and religious education, and the representation of girls and women in the legal field, science and technology, and other industries to name a few. 

Discover nearly a hundred titles relating to topic of educating women, including articles, legislative histories, and more extending back to the 1700s. Notable relevant titles include Women, Her Education and Influence (1850), Intelligence of Woman (1916), and Vocational Education: Where Are the Minorities and Women (1983). 

Also entangled in discussions about women’s legal rights and female education has been the question of women in the workforce. Throughout the twentieth century, women changed the labor market, first taking on lower-skilled short-term jobs in the absence of men during the two World Wars. In later years, increased access to higher education allowed women to establish successful long-term careers at better rates of pay. 

Today, women make up the majority of the U.S. workforce. Regardless, women still face employment challenges stemming from years of inequality, including pay inequities, gender bias, sexual harassment, the balance between work and motherhood, and more. In this subcollection, access centuries of documents relating to this still-relevant topic, including titles like Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century (1920), Working Woman’s Guide to Her Job Rights (1988), and Gender in Cyber Diplomacy (2019).

Though it has been practiced in America since the colonial era, abortion has been a consistently controversial issue in U.S. culture, politics, and society.

Learn about the pro-choice/pro-life debate, abortion in both federal and state law, the Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, and more through thousands of books, periodicals, congressional hearings, and legislative histories.

Women & Society
Find nearly a thousand titles relating to the overall role of women in society, including legislative histories, congressional reports and hearings, essays, and more.

Famous Women – Biography
Peruse nearly 150 histories of women who have played a significant role in furthering the rights of their gender in society. Along with numerous compilations of biographies, dedicated works are available to notable women such as Jane Austen, Ella Baker, Florynce Kennedy, Jane Addams, and others.

Feminism and Legal Theory Project (FLT)
Access workbooks containing papers presented at each of the FLT conferences, newsletters, brochures and flyers, a collection of journal articles on related topics, files related to visiting scholars and other collected information. The records document scholarship on issues related to reproductive rights, children, family relationships, gender, sexuality, religion, disabilities, sexual abuse, and violence.

Women’s Bar Association
Locate documents from several different Women’s Bar Associations across the country, including their meeting minutes, reports, and other records.

Periodicals, Scholarly Articles, and More

Finally, find a comprehensive list of all of our women-focused periodicals, as well as links to relevant scholarly articles available in our Law Journal Library, a bibliography of other related works, and external links for further research.

Throughout the nineteenth century, American women fought for the right to vote in U.S. elections. To understand this era and the movement that partially defined it, access legislative histories, scholarly articles and periodicals, court briefs, and other documents that contextualize women’s suffrage and discuss the legal rights of women.
Portrait of Susan B. Anthony, women's rights activist

NOTABLE WORK: 

History of Woman Suffrage (1881-1922)
This work is published in six volumes and provides a history of women’s suffrage in the United States from the years 1848 to 1922. It was written by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, leaders of the National Woman Suffrage Association. 

Young red-haired girl writing on paper at deskWhile the push for women’s suffrage naturally promoted the education of women, complex issues still surround the topic, including gender equality and access to education, the question of single-sex and religious education, and the representation of girls and women in the legal field, science and technology, and other industries to name a few. 

Discover nearly a hundred titles relating to topic of educating women, including articles, legislative histories, and more extending back to the 1700s. Notable relevant titles include Women, Her Education and Influence (1850), Intelligence of Woman (1916), and Vocational Education: Where Are the Minorities and Women (1983). 

Also entangled in discussions about women’s legal rights and female education has been the question of women in the workforce. Throughout the twentieth century, women changed the labor market, first taking on lower-skilled short-term jobs in the absence of men during the two World Wars. In later years, increased access to higher education allowed women to establish successful long-term careers at better rates of pay. 

Today, women make up the majority of the U.S. workforce. Regardless, women still face employment challenges stemming from years of inequality, including pay inequities, gender bias, sexual harassment, the balance between work and motherhood, and more. In this subcollection, access centuries of documents relating to this still-relevant topic, including titles like Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century (1920), Working Woman’s Guide to Her Job Rights (1988), and Gender in Cyber Diplomacy (2019).

Stop sign saying Stop Abortion Now at a protestThough it has been practiced in America since the colonial era, abortion has been a consistently controversial issue in U.S. culture, politics, and society.

Learn about the pro-choice/pro-life debate, abortion in both federal and state law, the Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, and more through thousands of books, periodicals, congressional hearings, and legislative histories.

Women & Society
Find nearly a thousand titles relating to the overall role of women in society, including legislative histories, congressional reports and hearings, essays, and more.

Famous Women – Biography
Peruse nearly 150 histories of women who have played a significant role in furthering the rights of their gender in society. Along with numerous compilations of biographies, dedicated works are available to notable women such as Jane Austen, Ella Baker, Florynce Kennedy, Jane Addams, and others.

Feminism and Legal Theory Project (FLT)
Access workbooks containing papers presented at each of the FLT conferences, newsletters, brochures and flyers, a collection of journal articles on related topics, files related to visiting scholars and other collected information. The records document scholarship on issues related to reproductive rights, children, family relationships, gender, sexuality, religion, disabilities, sexual abuse, and violence.

Women’s Bar Association
Locate documents from several different Women’s Bar Associations across the country, including their meeting minutes, reports, and other records.

Periodicals, Scholarly Articles, and More

Finally, find a comprehensive list of all of our women-focused periodicals, as well as links to relevant scholarly articles available in our Law Journal Library, a bibliography of other related works, and external links for further research.

Dedication of This Collection to Two Special Women

We are dedicating this library to the memory of two significant women who had a critical role in the development of the library. First, Ilene N. Hein who passed away in 2012. Ilene cofounded William S. Hein & Co., Inc. in 1961 alongside her husband Bill. Many people recognized Bill, Sr. as our first President and CEO and are even more familiar of his travels with Bill Jr., Hein's Chairman of the Board, who has guided the Company since his dad's passing in 1976. Like most women of her generation, Ilene was not fully recognized for her corporate contributions. Ilene worked actively from 1961-1992 at the Hein Company; she set the highest standard for customer service and values that have become the cornerstone of Hein's customer service.

Finally, to my mom, Margaret (Peggy) Marmion, who passed away in April 2009. She was an avid supporter of women's rights, although most of her career she raised eight children and unselfishly put her own interests behind the needs of her family. If she were born a few generations later I'm sure she would have been running a corporation or changing the world in some way. Her passion lives within me, my brother, and six sisters. Consequently, the subtitle for this library is Peggy.

Bill and I thank you again for your support. We challenge each librarian to encourage their colleagues to contribute and check their collection for important content that could be added. We welcome your thoughts and comments.

Kevin Marmion, Chief Executive Officer of the Hein Company
Portrait of Ilene Hein
Portrait of Margaret (Peggy) Marmion

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