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Women and the U.S. Constitution is about more than the nineteenth amendment. This provocative volume, among the first of its kind, incorporates law, history, political theory, and philosophy to analyze the U.S. Constitution as a whole in relation to the rights and fate of women. Divided into three parts - History, Interpretation, and Practice - this book views the Constitution as a living document, capable of evolving to include women and their concerns. Feminism lacks both a constitutional theory of as well as a clearly defined theory of political legitimacy within the framework of democracy. The scholars included here take significant steps toward laying the groundwork for such a set of theories. In addition to constitutional issues such as federalism, gender discrimination, basic rights, privacy, and abortion, the book explores other issues of central concern to contemporary women - areas that are not yet, strictly speaking, a part of constitutional law. The nature of women's traditional labor and its unique character, for example, and women and the welfare state, are among the topics examined here.