How Virginia Laws Discriminate Against Women

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Title

How Virginia Laws Discriminate Against Women

Description

This leaflet entitled, "How Virginia Laws Discriminate Against Women," was compiled by Burnita Shelton Mathews, the Legal Research Secretary of the Legal Research Department of the National Woman's Party in 1922. As described on the back cover, this leaflet outlines discrimination against women in the Virginia law, which is of "vital importance to each woman in this state, for decisions which affect her future, and the welfare of her children, may be made on the basis of these very laws."

"Fathers are given practically complete control over their children and mothers almost no control.

A married woman's property is presumed to belong to her husband, unless proof to the contrary is shown.

Grounds for divorce are unequal.

Women can not serve on juries.

Women are not admitted on equal terms to the state university."

Creator

Matthews, Burnita Shelton

Source

M 9 Box 103, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Publisher

National Woman's Party

Date

1922

Contributor

Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Rights

This item is in the public domain. Acknowledgement of the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.

Notes

Learn more:
Women's Suffrage: The Movement, Social Welfare History Project
National Woman's Party, Social Welfare History Project

Citation

Matthews, Burnita Shelton, “How Virginia Laws Discriminate Against Women,” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed December 13, 2017, http://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/139.