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Under the Law, Women and Men Should Be Treated ...

All successive movements for women’s rights in the United States have been concerned with efforts to change prevailing constitutional provisions on equality. This is understandable because the drafters of the U.S. Constitution were devoted to an ideology that either placed women in an inferior position, or, more often, ignored them altogether. State constitutions, adopted as each state was admitted to the Union, embraced English common law. Common law took note of women, all right-by inflicting legal disabilities and handicaps that kept them out of public life.