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Contemporary Cases in Women's Rights
Leslie Friedman Goldstein

“Leslie Goldstein has produced another outstanding book for all students of women and the law. She supplies a rich and insightful analysis of the cases that have led up to the recent highly charged cases that the courts have been called upon to address. This book will find an important niche for those who seek to understand women's legal status in the 1990s.”
—Karen O'Connor, Emory University

Contemporary Cases in Women's Rights is an introduction to the most important recent court decisions affecting women in the United States. Abortion, sexual harassment, pornography, surrogate motherhood, rape, custody rights—the legal and social questions surrounding these issues all come to life through excerpts of important U. S. Supreme Court and lower court cases. It is the only casebook on this topic geared to undergraduates and can be read on its own or used with Goldstein's more historically comprehensive casebook, The Constitutional Rights of Women.

Assuming that the reader has no previous knowledge of law, Leslie Friedman Goldstein explains the background of each case, examining the complex moral, social, and legal problems addressed by the courts. Discussion questions at the end of each case help students consider the issues. An explanation of how the Supreme Court works and the text of the U.S. Constitution are included as appendices to provide students with general background on the United States legal system.

"An extraordinary book written by one of our nation's foremost scholars and teachers of constitutional law. This book will be important to the teaching of courses on the rights of women (and men) for many years to come. It is up to the minute on developments in the areas of reproductive rights, sex discrimination, and sexual violence and pornography. It is a must for courses on law and social change, women and law, and contemporary moral problems. It also will be of great use to teachers offering a topical introduction or freshman seminar on constitutional law and judicial politics with a focus on the rights of women. Finally, this book is must reading for members of the informed public and the academy who seek to keep abreast of the latest developments on the rights of women." —Ronald Kahn, Oberlin College

Leslie Friedman Goldstein is professor of political science at the University of Delaware. She is the author of
The Constitutional Rights of Women, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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On the cover of Goldstein's book the title is blue on a white box on a marbled background

January 1994  
LC: 93-020926 KF
352 pp.  7 x 9

The 1979 cloth edition, ISBN 978-0-299-14030-4, is out of print, but the 1994 paperback is still avaiable.

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