The Boundaries of Her Body: The Troubling History of Women's Rights in America

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SphinxLegal, 2004 - History - 788 pages
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Chicago-based writer, artist, and civil rights attorney Rowland covers the period from the 1600's to the early 1900s in the first section, then examines developments in the 20th century in a long second section. Final sections look at the politics of female adolescence and violence and women, mainly as contemporary issues but with some historical c

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Analysis of the issues, strategies, and tactics behind the battles that have been fought—and continue to be fought—over the rights of women in the US.Feminist, journalist, and civil-rights attorney ... Read full review

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Twentieth Century Developments
The Politics of Female Adolescence
Violence and Women
About the Author

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Page 26 - But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife : for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Page 23 - Man is, or should be, woman's protector and defender. The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life. The constitution of the family organization, which is founded in the divine ordinance, as well as in the nature of things, indicates the domestic sphere as that which properly belongs to the domain and functions of womanhood.

About the author (2004)

Debran Rowland is the author of The Boundaries of Her Body: The Troubling History of Women's Rights in America (Sphinx 2004), which Publisher's Weekly called a "masterful treatise" in a starred review, and reviewers at the academic journal, Kirkus, applauded as an "[i]ndispensable source book for courses in women's studies..."

Ms. Rowland is an attorney, a legal writer, a former journalist, and an artist. She earned her law degree at Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law. In addition to a law degree, Ms. Rowland holds a degree in English from Carleton College and an MA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University.

Ms. Rowland has written for The Korea Times, New York; The New Pittsburgh Courier; Pittsburgh Press; the Chicago Tribune; and, the Commercial Appeal. Writing awards include Best News Feature, Chicago Association of Black Journalists, 1991, and the Robert L. Vann award for Best Print News Series, 1988. Legal honors for Ms. Rowland include the American Jurisprudence and Corpus Secundum awards and the 2005 Innovative Attorney Award from the Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, Black Law Students Association. Legal articles written by Ms. Rowland have been published in AMERICAN LAW REPORTS (5th Series); Loyola University School of Law Public Interest Law Reporter (now Public Interest Law Review); and, the Illinois Bar Examiner.

She has lived in India, where she taught English to "untouchable" children in a slum, and in Australia, where she covered the Constitutional Convention in 1998. In addition to writing, Ms. Rowland volunteers for two pro bono legal agencies in Chicago, where she has handled civil-rights based immigration appeals and "women-important" asylum claims and is always eager to do more if the case fits her expertise. Ms. Rowland is also lecturer with the caused-based agency, Creative Well, which has given her the opportunity to reach, talk and meet people around the country.

Finally, Ms. Rowland has studied at the Art Student's League of New York. Her illustrations have been published in Al Dia newspaper in addition to other places. She is currently working on a children's book.

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