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A Report on the Legal Status of Homemakers in Virginia, 1977

Context

This report, published in June 1977 by the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, reviewed the laws of Virginia in regards to the rights of married or once married women, who were not employed outside of the home. The report covered such issues as property ownership of married and widowed women, domestic violence, and divorce settlements. Women's rights were hotly debated in the 1970s. The Equals Rights Amendment (ERA), which forbade discrimination based on gender in the United States, was approved by Congress in 1972, but was not ratified by the states.

Citation: Crouch, Richard E. The Legal Status of Homemakers in Virginia. Washington: National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, Homemakers Committee: United States Government Printing Office, 1977, Y 3.W 84:9/47, Library of Virginia.

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VS.I, VS.9, USII.1, USII.8, USII.9, VUS.1, VUS.15

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Analyze: What impression does this small excerpt give you in terms of gender equality in Virginia?

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